Yes, you are going to be subjected to Flylady once again. Why, oh why, am I doing this?
For me, this is historically a bad time of the year. Mood swings, not eating well…or worse…binge eating herald in the cycle of mania that possess me in the weeks leading up to Christmas.
I have great expectations that have nothing to do with the Charles Dickens book of that same name. I am a “work in progress”. I’m not beating myself up about this. Each year I get better and better and the progress makes me feel good about myself, which in turn makes the mania less and less.
I am not alone in this struggle to live through the Holidays. Like many other people, I don’t fully look forward to Christmas. It is next to impossible (for me anyway) to be delighted with the real reason for the Christmas celebration of the birth of Jesus. A person cannot escape the trappings of Christmas. Grocery stores all over the US have been stocking aisles with candy, ornaments, small trees, and other bits of Christmas paraphernalia since October 31st. Halloween is considered over and the next big sales push is, supposedly, the most joyous time of the year and the stores take advantage of it.
The craft and hobby stores around the US have been chock full of aisle after aisle filled with the bits and pieces of Christmas decor and projects to create for the home immediately after Halloween. Going into these stores does not bring joy to my heart when I see the overflowing shelves. It brings dread.
This year my heart has been a bit lighter than in the past. A real indicator of my progress through the morass of my mind. It has been a battle and I have survived it and come out in a better place.
There are people with physical limitations that are under the Christmas “gun”. Migraines, fibromialgia, Lupus, severe back pain, rheumatoid arthritis, and other physical ailments that make housework nearly impossible to do.
For me it is disheartening to look around at my house and see all that needs to be done. Not just the housework but my myriad of other tasks that demand my full attention as well. I have a commission to create Post-It-Note Holders for a friend to give to his family for Christmas. I have bookwork that needs to be done for our taxes. I have a husband to feed and water. Sometimes the enormity of the tasks I have to do and the time limit to do them feel like a heavy weight upon my soul and this causes me to physically and emotionally shut down.
Anthony (Tony) Robbins says “If you find yourself up against a wall then make a door and go through it”. In the past I have confronted the wall and turned away because of the sheer magnitude of the wall. This year, as in previous years, I have fashioned a door in that wall by following (sort of) the principals of Flylady. 15 minutes at a time.
This week she has challenged me by doubling up on the Cleaning Zones. The Living Room, Front Entry, and Dining Room are to be done this week. Yikes!!!
I got an early start on the Living Room because of wanting to put our tree up. The bookshelves are all dusted and cleaned because of the foolishness of a few days ago 🙂 I am thrilled to say that the Master Bathroom and Master Bedroom are both clean and orderly, part of the Living Room is clean, and all has been done in 15 minute increments.
Lynn, are you sitting down? You may need to make sure that Rod is close by just in case you will need him to steady you 🙂
I have two sections of the Living Room to finish this week. One is around Joe’s recliner and I need to resuscitate an ailing and neglected plant.
Joe’s recliner space
My poor plant is in the throes of death 😦 Months at a time with no water this strong plant still shows some life.
My poor plant
I need to dust and vacuum this area and make Joe purge his tables. He has two of them and they are piled high with stuff.
Then it is off to my side of the room and the recliner, table, and curio cabinet that will complete cleaning of this room.
Near my recliner
My curio cabinet
The entryway into our home has been neglected for longer than six months. It has been well over a year since I have done much here.
Clutter and dust await me.
The foyer counter
Tags I created last year in an attempt to entice someone to purchase Stampin’ Up! product from me. They are all still sitting where I left them after photographing them for my blog.
Last years tags
Still on the counter are the pieces I made using Stampin’ Up! products for a Valentine’s promotion.
Joe’s stuff and pieces along with the chemicals he uses to kill weeds and ants around our house that haven’t been put back where they belong.
The entry way needs some attention also.
As for the Dining Room……Joe has the table right now to work on projects that need doing on our work trailer. He has taken over that flat surface and I’m not going to be touching it 🙂
The dining table
I think I will sit here and admire the shiny Christmas balls that sparkle with the light. Carissa says I’m an ostrich that gets distracted by shiny things 🙂 and she is so correct.
Shiny Christmas balls
Or maybe I’ll be mesmerized by the shiny trumpet 🙂 for a while.
Maybe I’ll just talk to Santa.
No. I’ll save those for later tonight. I’ve got to get the timer set for 15 minutes and get busy and about my day. Speaking of getting busy. The missive of love my husband left for me….
Has been cleaned away along with the remainder of the dust and clutter on our entertainment center and book shelves.
Dust is gone
Today’s post is for those of you that feel, as I once did, that 15 minutes at a time of cleaning is a load of “horse pucky”. When you think of your home as a whole the task is overwhelming and quite daunting. Pick one spot and do what you can in that spot only for the 15 minute period. Attack the clutter first and leave the dusting, washing, and vacuuming for the next round of 15 minutes.
If you so desire, designate one hour of the day to do your housework and keep it to the one hour period. No longer than the hour. Each 15 minute increment of that hour you only work in the one area you have chosen. 15 minutes to clear the clutter. 15 minutes to dust or wash. 15 minutes to vacuum or sweep. The final 15 minutes to put furniture or objects back in place. Then go about your day.
Be kind to yourself during the craziness of preparing for Christmas. Let us make this Christmas a truly joyous time. Not so much for our families but for ourselves. Let’s begin to put the childhood wonder back into our hearts this year and daily shove the Grinch out the door 🙂
This does not mean to attack the entire room if you have a lot of work to do. Just one section of the room at a time every day until you have finished your work. Take it easy on yourself and know that you are making improvement one day at a time. Soon you will be happy in seeing the progress you are making and the load you have put upon yourself will be greatly lessened.
Let’s put a smile back on our faces and in our hearts 🙂