It’s almost the end of September and I’ve been intentionally living the non-messy lifestyle for more than a month now. In this post, I review my progress, talk about Map Your Progress, and show off my planner/calendar/journal pages. I started during the third week of August. This does not mean my house is perfectly clean. It means that I am developing habits that will keep my house clean through small, sustained efforts, rather than letting my house become a pit of despair and then frantically spending hours trying to make it look only slightly better.
Whenever I’m home for the morning or for the day, I try to make one still-messy part of my house just a little cleaner. Since I am in the process of moving most of our electrical items into the office for sorting (Konmari-style), the troublesome corner of my living room that held my dead macbook, some cables, and some external drives is now the next non-messy part of my house. I also cleaned up my ironing board because I needed to iron my work clothes for next week. Last time I did a major sewing project, I never cleaned up after myself. That is another habit I am working to change with “Clearing to Neutral,” which I read about on the Asian Efficiency blog. I have a post to come on that.
Every day, I do things that maintain the areas that are already clean. Nothing lands on my kitchen counter or bathroom counters unless they are actively in use or in the process of being put away. Those locations are off-limits for putting anything there “for now.” I also take everything out of my car when I come in at the end of the day. I admit, I have to constantly remind myself to do this stuff. I also have to give myself no leeway. Even if it’s a day that started at 4:30am on three hours of sleep and lasted until 11pm (including four hours of dance classes), I MUST do my habits. If I let it slip once, it will be too easy to continue to put it off.
This week, I also started using my daily carry notebook as a planner. I am working on a more comprehensive post about the process once I decide whether I like it or not, but it is nice to have one less thing to carry.
I spent some time today making the October monthly page and the pages for the first week of October.
Today, I discovered Map Your Progress (lots of annoying overlays, but the info is cool. Not an affiliate link.) One of the elements of living a messy lifestyle is the difficulty some of us (me) have with staying within our budget. So, yes, I have quite a bit of debt, including mortgage, car, student, and credit card. I really liked Amy Jones’ method of getting out of debt. She sells wonderful posters on her site that you can color in as you work toward any goal. As I like to doodle, I went ahead and drew myself a mandala of sorts in my journal to color in as I work toward the goal of getting out of debt. (I’d love it if I finished paying off the debt before using up the journal, but I fear that is unlikely.)
What work have you done toward living the non-messy lifestyle this week?