Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Routines and we need to break up...

I've yet to get back into the routine. I've not gotten into the eating routine (mostly eating junk) the cleaning routine (my house is trashed) the school routine (I just sent Ashley back today and almost forgot to pick her up) the spiritual routine (blah) the laundry routine (double blah). Seriously I don't know where to start with any of it. Add that to my message board blow up messing up my computer routine and I've had an aimless meandering week where I've accomplished nothing except sitting around getting fatter while I eat crap. Yes- I'm an emotional eater- why do you ask? Hmmm.. Help me find my groove!

I think I'm taking a couple days off the computer. I am getting too sucked in- it's so much easier to sit here then it is to face the reality of my life lately. I know that sounds depressed or something- but it's not- I promise. (At least I don't think). I've just got to get somethings done. Love to you all and I'll be back in a couple of days or so....

8 comments:

Hope said...

So if you're not checking you may not see this but....

You might try my 10 minute cleaning method. I HATE housework. You know I was raised in an environment where I did not learn the skills or the habits to keep a house clean, BUT I feel much more calm and mentally healthy if my house is fairly clean and organized. So what I do is clean for 10 minutes at a time! I set a timer (literally!) and work my butt off for ten minutes. At the end of 10 minutes I STOP and do something fun. Like I will play one game of computer scrabble, read one chapter of my book, check one online bulletin board or blog.... then I do it again. At the end of the day my house is usually fairly good - you can do a lot in 10 minutes! - but I don't fee like all I've done is clean all day because I've also knitted a hat or played online or earned a new high score in scrabble or read half a book....

You must follow the rules for it to work successfully and that means making yourself stop after 10 minutes, even if you feel like you're "on a roll" because you don't want to condition yourself to hate it - finish THAT dish you're washing when the timer goes off - not ALL THE DISHES.

When my house is really bad or I have a special project to finish I sometimes set the timer for fifteen minutes instead, but still follow the rules.

Honestly, my new floor would never have made it in if it weren't for this method. One New Year's Day, I cleaned the entire garage using this method.

And you can go read Flylady.net to get her tips on like the seventeen thing fling etc. That's how I keep my bedroom clean. Every night before I go to bed I put away 10 things - I literally count out loud when I do them. It's usually enough to keep it fairly organized and then on a weekend I'll do one of my ten minutes in there and vacuum and stuff.

I have had lots of people tell me, "I'd rather just clean it all and get it over with." but Amber, you are like me. You would never feel like it is done and would never do anything but work on it. So limiting yourself to ten or fifteen minute intervals gives you some balance in life!

Rachelle said...

Hugs to you! You have been through a lot the past few weeks. Take some time to recoup.

QueenMeadow said...

I'll miss you. I have been trying to get back to my life as well, so I understand. I just hope your kids don't notice as much as mine have "you are going to eat lunch with us?" followed by a shocked face, tee hee.

Stacy said...

I just wanted to let you know you are in my prayers. I hope you bounce back sooner than later.

Linsey said...

We are totally on the same routine!

Hurry Back!!!

ShelahBooksIt said...

Hope you've got your groove back!

Valarie said...

how much longer? I miss you.

Alissa said...

um. come back already. i don't like being broken up with you. i'm lonesome.