This post took a while to put together today. My thoughts were all jumbled up in my head and the only way that I could get them out was to put bullet points down first and then make some sense out of them afterwards.
I feel like I’m on a roller coaster, and I’m allowed to get off now and again to maintain the house and plug myself in for some quiet time to recharge. I’m slowly realising that I’m in control of these rest stops whereas before I thought that they were controlled by others. It’s a good realisation.
Things have felt like they are moving fast today with trying to coordinate the work we want to do around the house. It’s as if someone has pressed ‘go’ somewhere and I can’t find the switch to slow it down, but at the same time, I’m pleased that it’s going fast, as decisions are being made and people are popping up out of nowhere to help.
On these roller coaster sort of days, I don’t move forward with decluttering as such, but I do spend time thinking and planning my next few moves, and getting the family’s opinions (even if they are conflicting). It’s important that we are all on the same page though, and spending a bit of time out together today helped with that. Sometimes we each think that decisions have been made only to find that one of us never agreed to them. I’m trying to pull everything together whilst maintaining the calm in the house and within myself.
I’m pleased that I’ve got to this point of the day where I feel calm. Here’s a brief summary of my day…
- School run (am)
- Shopping delivered
- Popping to shop to get stuff I forgot to put on shopping delivery
- Popping to shops to get prescriptions
- School run (pm) which included an hour’s wait in the car between picking each daughter up. I did have a lovely chat to my youngest whilst waiting for my eldest
- Trip out as a family to look at carpets (it did get quite stressful at one point when we all had different opinions about colours, textures and whether or not we wanted different carpets in each room or same throughout). We found one that pleased most of us, but going back Saturday to see if we still like it.
- Trip to MacDonalds drive in.
- Plasterer waiting outside our house when we got back to look around at what we need doing round the house.
- Throughout the day I had conversations with electricians, plasterers and decorators and builders. I’m trying to coordinate everything that needs doing and my project management skills are certainly getting good use here.
The ‘me-time’ took a back seat
As I said yesterday, it’s important to have those pockets of time for self-care and today they’ve come in different forms. The two trips to the school meant that I had reflection time whilst driving. I also had a half hour chat to my mum on one of the trips. I then had an hour’s chat in the car with my youngest daughter whilst waiting for my eldest daughter to finish her extra dance class. If you include the trips out to the shops, chemist and carpet shop, that’s a lot of time in the car today.
I did miss my me-time in the conservatory though – I must make sure that I build in at least 10 minutes tomorrow during my working day.
So, now all is quiet. I’ve tidied the kitchen which allowed me to sit in a clear room to edit this post. I’m desperate for some relaxation time so looking forward to the time to myself in the bath and then a good night’s sleep.
I can’t believe that it’s the last day of September today, which can only mean that I have a quarter of a year to go to complete my challenge which is… to have a clear and organised space in my home, my garden and my mind.
I’m getting there!