Because I sometimes feel that the redundancy of my job (mom, housekeeper, chauffeur) would lull me into a daily feeling of intense boredom, I am always making lists. (OMG, don't you just love LISTS?!)
My lists have to do with either goals or tasks that I need to complete to give me a sense of accomplishment for the day. Because let's be honest, and Phyllis Diller said it best- "Cleaning house when you have kids is like shoveling the sidewalk while it's still snowing".
The discouragement of seeing my work undone every day; clean dishes now dirty, picked up house now a mess, prepared food now eaten, clean kids now a mess...has a way of undermining the good feelings I get from being a stay at home mom.
So, I keep a running Project List so that I can at least have a few goals that are somewhat permanent and so that I can see some progress. The A type personality in me just needs this, know what I mean?
Here is my current Project List for the next 3 months:
Spiritual: I am participating in the B90X challenge of reading the Bible in 90 days, and some days this schedule is kicking my butt! However, it helps me to have a plan, otherwise I would linger somewhere in the Old Testament and never find my way out!
1. I am following the Unclutter your House yearly schedule, because I seriously needed to gain control over my dominion again. After moving the house and adding 3 kids to the mix, somewhere along the way I lost control of my home and I need to get it back. This website provides monthly schedules and weekly emails that give me assignments that take about 15-30 minutes a day. They are making a huge difference in how organized my house is, and for that, I am grateful.
2. We are working on converting our Canning room into a bedroom for Quinn, so that requires alot of handyman activities on the weekend to move shelving from the Canning room to the mud room, texturing walls, resanding wood floors, etc... The goal is to get Quinn into her own room and out of ours. (love ya sweetie, but it's time :-)
3. Get the Mud room completed and plumbing done so that I can use it this spring for seedling plantings and canning later in the summer. This includes texturing and painting the walls, installing the sink/counter/stove, and finding storage for all the canning supplies and jars. Gotta get ready for all that good garden produce that I'll be harvesting!
Creative: My goal is to complete 2 quilts before summer- we'll see how THAT goes! I have started a pinwheel quilt using retro fabrics that I am loving- I will post pics of it as it progresses. Then once I know the colors for Quinns room, I will begin a quilt for her big girl bed. So far, I'm leaning towards yellows.
Personal: I know from talking with friends that my family already eats healthier than most, but we are going to take it up a notch and introduce a new level of healthy eating for my family. A more vegetarian diet, getting rid of some of the unhealthy snacking, and removing as many unhealthy chemicals and additives that I can. My main concern lately is all the aspertame that I'm getting in my Diet Coke, so I have resolved to drastically cut down my DC intake. It may just be what I give up for Lent this year. Even considering a Juicer to get a better hit from all those vegys.
So, that's what I'm working on these days. What projects are YOU working on?