Ugh, and yet again, I have been a terrible blogger and haven’t posted this week outside of my Links I Love. This week has just been insanely busy! In addition to working on two clients plus a major proposal for a third client, I also had my big move from my apartment to the house on Wednesday. I still have a few things left at my old apartment (probably two or three carloads worth?) but for the most part, I’m moved over. Woo hoo! So much space that I don’t yet know what to do with all of it 🙂
Here are a few pics of the den, where I put my old living room furniture. It actually looks pretty good with the furniture, I think! I was worried about the layout but this seems pretty livable.
As much I think this looks nice, though, I’m also planning to eventually move all my current living room furniture down to the basement and then I’ll get new furniture for the first floor den. On the plus side, my contractor is actually able to start two weeks early on the basement, so the work there is kicking off Monday, and I should have my new furnace and hot water heater installed and working by Tuesday!
I think there are going to be a lot of not-sexy tasks like replacing the furnace/water heater in my future, and now I’m starting to see just how overwhelming the process of homeownership can be. Adam is trying to reassure me that it’s the worst at the beginning, when you’re just moving and settling in, but I can definitely see that I have my work cut out for me.
Most importantly, I need to get organized about how I’m dealing with everything. My to-do list lately has been so overflowing that it’s unrealistic… which means it’s also become unhelpful, because I’m approaching even the “today” list not as a “things I need to do today” but “things I maybe should probably try to do today, if I feel like it and/or have time.” Hello, missed deadlines! In case it’s not obvious, my overflowing to-do list and lack of organization has been a big part of why I haven’t been blogging much lately. I think I’ve had “write Montgomery Marathon race report” on my “today” to-do list for the last three weeks! Total failure.
On the house front, I’ve been starting to pull together a task list of things to do around the house. (And it’s a long one!) In this week’s Small Change Project newsletter, Katie Lee proposes the idea of a five minute task list. (Click here to read a PDF of that Five Minute Tasks email.) I thought it was a really neat idea, and forwarded it on to a few people. It helped me realize that part of the reason the house is stressing me out so much is because I’m not putting the little tasks on there. Sure, I have “schedule house painters” on there, but I don’t have the little “put away all the Tupperware” or “hang up the guest bathroom shower curtains” tasks written down, and as a result, I’m really losing track of a lot of stuff.
It’s time for me to get organized, whether that’s with a new house-only spreadsheet being added to my Excel to-do list, or just another tag for “House” that fits right into my regular today, this week, and this month sheets. Most importantly, I need to start being realistic about what I can actually accomplish in a day, plus stick to my to-do list rather than jumping to do things that aren’t on there. You can’t manage what you don’t measure, and the lack of transparency in my tasks is driving me crazy because everything keeps whirling around my brain and then I can’t concentrate on what I’m actually doing.
This weekend, I’m heading down to Arizona for Easter with Adam and his son, and I’m hoping that getting away from the never ending list of errands in Colorado will allow me to pause, destress, and regroup. I have been really unhappy the last few weeks at how I’ve been running around like a chicken with its head cut off. I’m not being very productive, I’m not being very effective, and I’m so stressed out that I’m actually currently listening to my “sleepytime” playlist (mostly Enya/Adiemus/new age songs) at 3pm… not because I’m trying to nap but because I’m just trying to calm myself down. I think it’s definitely time for me to change things up, and this trip should be just the catalyst I need to make that happen.
Hope that you are all looking forward to a great holiday weekend with lots of candy 🙂