Two blog posts in a row!
And…a new plan of action.
I’ve talked before about how I bounce back and forth between liking a bit of homey clutter and thinking I should just ditch all the stuff and become a minimalist (or a quasi-minimalist because I’m pretty sure I can’t go all in on that plan).
I’ve been on a roll lately and have accomplished a lot.
I’ve crunched a lot of numbers and drawn up a new budget that might actually work in the real world that we live in. I’ve added and subtracted (mostly subtracted) and come up with a plan to try and pay down some debt. We are pretty much paycheck to paycheck, but I’ve re-dedicated to managing money better. I use YNAB (You Need a Budget) and “undebtit”. Both are programs that are helpful for the math challenged me.
I’ve roughed out a plan for next year’s art class that I will hopefully be teaching. That depends on whether enough folks think art is important enough to sign there kiddos up for the elective. In the past I’ve planned as the semester moved along. I’ve already got the whole year planned out and a list of supplies put together.
And, since youngest daughter is starting high school next year, I’ve already pulled together the plan for what we are going to do in the fall. A rough plan, but a plan.
I’ve accomplished a lot.
But yesterday, I kind of hit a wall.
I looked around the house and started thinking that I couldn’t manage it all. It’s such a mess and there is so much to do. Piles of laundry, drifts of dog hair, a science experiment in the fridge, suitcases still out, and a completely buried dining room table. I know that it’s the same house that I was okay with the day before.
My perception and attitude is what changes.
But that’s a situation that is my reality. I need to plan for the days when things aren’t going to go well and I can’t cope or handle life the way I would like.
So, a new plan for the summer.
Today, I am going to pack up stuff – getting rid of the stuff I don’t need or want along the way.
I’m going to pack up stuff that I like, but that isn’t essential to our life. Mostly the decorative or sentimental stuff that is lying about.
Just for the summer.
I’m going to clear surfaces for easier cleaning and make more time for fun and relaxation.
And then we’ll see if the stuff needs to come back for the fall…or if we did just fine without it.
A minimalist-ish” (I know it’s not a real word, but work with me) summer.
Those “mountain-top” days or weeks are great. I get a lot accomplished.
But they are not worth the time spent in the depths of the valley. The time depressed and anxious and angrily frustrated.
I’m going to keep trying out new ways of doing things to maintain an even keel avoiding those ups and downs.
Now, to work…