I’m not the most organized person. I used to be. While teaching, my classroom was always very organized. Everything had a place. Even the kids knew where things went.
But now that I am at home, I feel like I have lost the motivation to organize. The majority of my house stays rather picked up, but the monotony of doing the same things every single day is draining…emptying the dishwasher, doing laundry, picking up toys, repeat. You get the point. It’s really debilitating to my motivation. There will always be tomorrow, after all…
2010 was a rough year for me. The first six months of 2010 were the most stressful in my adult life. A new baby, major baby blues, a very active toddler, moving (which was our own choice), and a husband gone every night finishing his Master’s degree do not equal out for a peaceful, carefree life.
However, looking back on the past year some of the stress was brought on myself. The fact is…disorganization greatly contributes to my stress level. And for the past year, I haven’t been organized. I haven’t had a plan. A few of the months were spent on survival mode. Even this blog was created on a whim. And I don’t typically plan any of the activities I share with you…they just sort of come to me and then we try them out. (I’m sorry if this disappoints you…just tryin’ to keep it real!)
But good news for me, IT’S A NEW YEAR! I can start fresh. I can MAKE a plan…for cleaning, for cooking, even for playing with my kids. I can have a daily schedule and try to stick with it! I’m not one for New Year’s Resolutions (mostly because I end up breaking them by the end of January), but I’m hoping that recognizing my own disorganization as a key contributor to my stress and anxiety in the previous year will help me do better! I certainly hope so!
Here’s to cleaning schedules, to-do lists, and an organized day! They’re certainly things I haven’t seen in the last year or two!