I feel like I need a few days off, preferably before the boys get done with school on May 26th. I’m going a bit nuts with a bunch of lingering “projects” that I just don’t seem to have time to get to.
Yes, I have some free time that maybe I could “use better”. I walk, I go to the gym, I read a little, I write here, etc. Obviously that all takes time. But those are really pretty small blocks of time.
I need TIME time. Like, a whole day+ type time. Or a week of time. (And, those above things are what keep me sane, so I wouldn’t trade those for these chores, anyway.)
Some things I need to do:
🔷 Clean out my email inbox!!!! I have fallen off from doing SHU’s weekly Friday reviews, which I was religious about during the pandemic/ when the kids were home. But lately, this just hasn’t been happening. I NEED to get back to a scheduled block for this. Currently have 548 emails in my personal inbox that need sorting….
🔷 Figure out some landscaping issues in our yard. We have areas that need to be re-seeded, some beds that need serious attention, a tree that needs to come down, and ideally some trees to be planted. I don’t feel like doing a single item of those. I don’t know much about landscaping, it overwhelms me, I don’t want to spend time figuring it out….but I also don’t like the yard as is, either. What to do. Hire someone? Ehh…. this seems small enough it should be do-able for us….(minus the tree cutting down part).
🔷Finish setting up storage and put things away in our newly remodeled garage. This was a “fall project” that got to an acceptable point pre-winter, and then has just sat untouched since. Well, now it’s spring. The remaining organization (buying and installing some additional wall slats for storage, unpacking some boxes and arranging items on shelves) needs to be dealt with at some point.
🔷Also in garage- we have this massive tool cabinet that looks like a bomb went off in it. Need to clean it out AND figure out some kind of storage solution for long term in there.
🔷My basement storage room! If you’ve been reading this blog from the beginning, you’ve heard periodic mentions of the infamous “storage room”. It’s been a mess since our kitchen remodel, like, 3 years ago now when we started chucking stuff in there. It has soooooo much work to be done to clean it out, reorganize, etc. This will take LOTS of time….hence why I never touch it. Can’t whip that out in an hour.
🔷 My clothing needs an overhaul. At a minimum, I need to do the good ‘ol “closet change-around” to bring my summer stuff upstairs/ store the winter sweaters away. Ideally, I need to weed out a bunch of clothes, too. I have a LOT of clothes, but I don’t love a lot of my clothes. Some items are super old. I’m also missing some very key wardrobe items that I keep procrastinating on just finding and buying. Shopping currently overwhelms me immensely. I hate in person shopping, I hate online shopping…. I just want items to magically appear, be cute, functional and fit perfectly, with zero effort on my part. Really, what needs to happen is a serious minimization of my wardrobe, followed up by some very intentional planning and purchasing of good, quality items. But again….time/ effort…..😫
🔷 I really want to keep working on my photo backup and organization project!!! This has stalled out a little lately. Need to pick back up.
🔷Finish writing trip recaps from our Europe trip?? I do really want to do this!! I made it almost halfway. It does take extra effort to sort and upload pics though and write these posts. If I want another blog book though, I’ll have to do it eventually. Ideally before the details get fuzzy….
🔷 Am I going to plant my garden this year?? Haven’t even thought about it yet. Our spring is so late, it’s not been an issue yet. But I always say I’m going to research/ learn more about gardening, to make mine a BETTER garden, but I never do. I don’t know. Not sure I really care. Maybe I’ll just plant some tomatoes and jalapenos and call it a day. The kids do have fun with it, though….hmmm.
Anyway, not sure if writing this down helped me or stressed me out more. Ha. Not likely going to do any of this this weekend, as we have like 3 volleyball games, a soccer tournament and my parents coming for Mother’s Day weekend. Oh well. Eventually???
Bonus- a couple macro friendly meals from yesterday:
I am grateful for paperclips! Very handy little guys.