April 27th, 2015
Sunday is to Reorganize and Recalibrate
Sunday is my day to reorganize and recalibrate. Working from home allows me to have the flexibility to clean, grocery shop and prepare large meals on any day of the week. However, sometimes flexibility isn’t exactly what you need. Some things in life work better when they are tackled consistently at a specific time.
For me, this is cleaning. If I clean every Sunday, I never have to worry about deep cleaning during the week. Instead of constantly seeing areas in the house (the cabinet under the kitchen sink for example) that I would love to completely clean from top to bottom and then having those thoughts piling up, I just know it will happen on Sunday. The (mental) freedom this gives me during the week is astounding. Yesterday was a milestone moment for me. While I do have a cleaning schedule, I hate cleaning the toilet. It had become (no it always was) something I only cleaned when I had to, basically when it looked like it needed to be cleaned. Yesterday was the first time (maybe in my entire life) that I cleaned the toilet before it looked like it needed it. As in, it already looked clean and I cleaned it anyway, simply because that’s what I do on Sundays ☺ yay! Baby steps!
This leads me to Project Closet. A post explaining how to create and maintain your own project area is something that will be detailed on the website at a later point. For now, here is my personal experience with this concept. Basically, like areas to clean, my home had accumulated many piles of “projects” for me to work on later. At one point, I had the bags of Mardi Gras beads for Lola Dart Art in a corner of my bedroom. Piles of magazines I wanted to go through one day were under the couch. A stack of over 50 t-shirts from college that I wanted to make into a quilt were at the top of my closet. The Coca-Cola memorabilia I was ready to donate was decorating the entire top shelf of my kitchen. The paperwork I had gathered throughout my childhood was in bins on the closet floor. You get the idea. Basically, everywhere I looked in my apartment, I saw a project waiting to be done. It was stressful. I knew I would get to them eventually, I had (and still do) all of them listed in my personal MINTOA and was making small progress all of the time, but that didn’t change the fact that projects were constantly staring me in the face.
That’s when I decided to start Project Closet. I took a small coat closet in my hallway, moved all of the coats to my bedroom closet and filled the hall closet with every project from around the house. It was glorious! Of course every project was in boxes and bins and labeled appropriately so that I could find them. They were even prioritized so that the priority projects were literally on top of the pile. But the point was, if I wasn’t working on a project, I could simply close the closet. Out of sight, out of mind and that is the whole point of my life management mentality – give your full attention to what you are doing right now (especially if it is relaxing) and let everything else fall away. Project Closet let me do that.
Now, my project closet is a huge walk in closet that is the length of an entire room. I think there is such thing as your project closet being too big. It is where I go to dump things that I will deal with later – whether it’s paperwork or projects. Most recently, I had my art exhibit and when I got home, everything went into the closet. That was two weeks ago. Project Closet had gotten out of hand.
Yesterday, I tackled it! I picked up everything from off of the floor and got it organized in bins and boxes. I put all of the art supplies away and filed paperwork. It was a glorious evening and has allowed me to start the week fresh and ready to go! That’s another thing about spending Sunday getting reorganized and recalibrated, I start Monday morning with smiles and confidence.