After a slow and sluggish winter, I’m getting back into non-Messy mode again, finally. I’ve adjusted to my work and dance class schedule and got back into my DIY Planner/ Bullet Journal again. The injury that derailed me is about 80% recovered, so I can lift heavy things again as long as I’m careful and keep doing rehab exercises.
We’re going to try to get a plumber in three weeks to look at our problem bathroom shower/ downstairs drain issue, so to minimize my anxiety about it, I’m going to make sure the house is as clean as I can make it in three weeks. Thanks to Konmari, it’s not going to be as overwhelming as it was before Konmari.
Speaking of Konmari, I stalled last year on electrical items. It finally occurred to me that rather than wait until I’m “ready,” I should move on to an easier category of komono (miscellaneous.) I haven’t decided which category that should be yet, but once I get the last few boxes and bags of weeded books out, I’ll have room to stage categories in my office, and my next category might just identify itself.
I’m setting up a cleaning plan for the next three weeks. My schedule will still be somewhat busy and I will still be commuting a lot and going to my dance classes as my shoulder allows, so I have to be very efficient on the days when I am home. I have to be diligent first about linking habits, because that helps keep the kitchen, car, and bedroom clean without a whole lot of extra effort. Getting my crafting under control will help too. I got back into crochet at the end of last year after a long hiatus, so I have yarn for four different projects all over the living room. (I am very much an out of sight, out of mind kind of person. If I can’t see it, I forget I have it. Which is a strange juxtaposition with my OCD-Hoarding tendencies— if I do know I have it, I can’t get rid of it. Though that’s getting better thanks to Konmari, because now I don’t have to keep an item just because I have it.)
For my 3-week-spring-clean plan, I’m making two categories: tasks that can be done in fewer than 15 minute chunks and tasks that need more time. Very few of the tasks I need to do actually take more than 15 minutes. Vacuuming the stairs is one, shampooing the carpet and shampooing the stairs are two more. If there’s time, I’ll also wash the windows– the part of my house facing the main road is basically all windows and they look awful.
Once I make the list, I’ll share the list and some pictures of the planner pages for it. I have yardwork to do tomorrow, but only while it’s still cool and shady.