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post #1 of 1665
Thread Starter 

I tried reading through to get to the end of the last thread, and got dizzy! It was so fantastic to see everybody motivating each other, and I love how easy things become when they are broken into 'chunks.'


Here are my sessions, I am kid-free while they are at their dad's, and trying to get motivated!



~Unpacking/Putting away clothes from vacation

~Sewing room reorganize

~Sewing project started


Thank you all so much for the inspiration!

post #2 of 1665
Today I did 2 loads of dishes, a ton of sweeping (Jude decided it'd be fun to scoop flour out of one bowl and into another till it was full then dump it all back into the first one... over and over! smile.gif), vacuumed, and put his toys away.
post #3 of 1665
Thread Starter 

Yay!!! For whatever reason this morning I have been super-productive. I only had one kid (their Dad took oldest for a night, and just picked up both and took them off for the night since he didn't get time with them while we were on Christmas vacation), and she played quietly with her new toys and the dog all morning. 


This morning, I....

~made breakfast for bf and dd

~cleaned girls room

~made my bed

~cleaned kitchen

~read from my new-to-me kindle

~paid bills!!!

~set out today's sewing work and I am about to start a movie and just GO GO GO


Today, I still have to...

~Make dinner for a potluck tonight

~Sew a cocktail dress

~fill out my divorce paperwork AGAIN

~price out going back to school

~go to Toys R Us and return toys in exchange for another tag reader book

~stop wasting time on MDC!!!


Good luck, everybody!

post #4 of 1665

Oh, just found this. I think oki and bejeweled are still on the old thread. anyway, not only did I take in recycling today, I actually got the recycling closet door closed! Too exciting not to share.

post #5 of 1665
Thread Starter 

Today, I...

~took the girls to storytime at the library

~did all the dishes

~tidied my sewing room

~got COMPLETELY DRESSED, hair, makeup, and clothes that made me feel nice. :) It helped a LOT. 


I still have plenty of projects and paperwork, and far too much left from my list from two days ago.... bag.gif

post #6 of 1665
Vacuumed the whole house with our brand new vacuum that we got on Wednesday... Get this, it actually sucks things up instead of spitting everything all over the place like our last one!
Sorted & put away 2 loads of laundry
Briefly contemplated joining a nudist colony wink1.gif
Washed another load of laundry (I got some wool sweaters that I felted and I'm going to make something with them... Ooh, I can't wait!)
Took the leaf out of the table and rearranged some stuff in J's room to make more room.
Cleaned off the table
Swept the kitchen & wiped down the countertops.
post #7 of 1665

On the agenda today:


*Pack away Christmas totes.

*Wash tile floors and vacuum carpeted floors

*Launder bed linens and delicate clothing

*Declutter master bedroom closet

*Rake remainder of leaves to curb for pick-up

*Change litter box

*Make dental appt

*Wash windows and dust

*Bake two loaves of honey wheat bread

*Ten minute clean kitchen

*Ten minute clean bathrooms

*Begin homeschool mollusk studies

*Research microscope and tablet computers/laptops

Edited by mrsmischief - 1/9/12 at 2:06pm
post #8 of 1665
I really don't know how in the world we have SO. MANY. FREAKING. CLOTHES!!! I've even weeded out my drawers and closet to about half of what they used to be, and we still have a huge mountain of laundry to be put away. So I am dedicating today to getting rid of all the excess clothes. I am going to really try to pare down a lot. I'm thinking:

Keep my 1 pair of jeans
Keep 3 skirts (eek!)
Keep about 5 shirts for 3 seasons (it gets to about 100 here in the summer and was down to 12 just the other day so I need several seasons worth of shirts--since Spring and Fall are so similar I'm counting those as 1 season)
Keep 2 pairs of leggings for wintertime (under skirts).
Keep maternity clothes, just in case. I have 5 shirts and 1 skirt. I have 2 dresses too but one is a little too short (the last thing I need to do when pregnant is try to keep my knees together with my belly in the way, so people don't see my undies! :P) and the other probably won't be worn much.

I'm also going to get rid of some towels. There is no reason for us to have so many. Yes, I'm grateful we had them the other night when the toilet overflowed (caution: low-flow toilets don't handle slices of lemon! I put a couple chunks in there to freshen and whiten... oops!) but we still have way too many!
post #9 of 1665

I need to join in here, I get little chunks of time when we're transitioning between subjects or eating, etc.  Here's my list for today:


~wash dishes in sink

~fold laundry in dryer, throw 1st load in dryer, start 2nd load in washer

~put accumulating recycling in their bins

~gather up all stray paperwork for DH

~pack up/ put away nativities

~start dinner

~mix starter for bread

Edited by FillingMyQuiver - 1/9/12 at 8:24pm
post #10 of 1665
Thread Starter 

@JessicaRenee - My boyfriend just had to fix out vacuum for doing the same thing! It definitely sprayed me with kitty litter and gunk before he cleaned the whole thing out and checked all the belts. I feel like it's a new vacuum; and it's CREEPY how dirty my carpets are, despite my vacuuming before. I filled the tank in just two bedrooms. GROSS. 


@Mrsmischief - Mollusk studies? Are you actually caring for some kind of mollusk? My four year old LOVES interactive science like that, is there a way to do that at home?

My chores today - 


~Spending my morning sewing (feels so good!)

~Paperwork continuing

~need to quick sweep the yard and pick up

~gardening with my girls

~clean out my car

~clean my sewing room


~financial evaluation of my month


Already did....


~Breakfast made and cleaned up




post #11 of 1665
Alright, I feel rather pleased with myself. smile.gif Here's the mountain I started with...


Here's the stack of things to go, about halfway through... The shirts on the bottom part of the picture are going to be cut into "t-shirt yarn" and crocheted into a rag rug.


Here's all Jude's clothes that I weeded out...


And, with a few more items from my closet, a few pairs of pants and some shirts from my husband's, and another pair of shoes, here's the result! I have one more pile to go through (of C's stuff, which I piled up and have been asking him to put away since SEPTEMBER!).

post #12 of 1665

I'm just going to jump right in!  This thread is exactly what I need!



  • 10 min clean up session for the living room (DD helped and it was actually quite fun!)
  • vacuumed the living area
  • dropped DD at school
  • deep cleaned the bathroom - cleaned out the tub drain, the sink drain (oh thank you postpartum hair loss for clogging both); unscrewed and cleaned the light fixtures, and cleaned the toilet in addition to all the obvious wipe down stuff.
  • folded and put away 1 load of wash (might be 2, lets see how long baby naps!)
  • made beds


post #13 of 1665
Originally Posted by CultivatingMyRoots View Post

@Mrsmischief - Mollusk studies? Are you actually caring for some kind of mollusk? My four year old LOVES interactive science like that, is there a way to do that at home?



Yes we are, several garden snails found around the yard are among our little critters of the moment. There are also earthworms in a compost jar from our annelids study and caterpillars soon arriving for our upcoming insect unit. We're using R.E.A.L Science Odyssey: Life as our science curriculum this year and are loving it. The labs are hands-on and very enjoyable. :)

post #14 of 1665
Thread Starter 

Done today;


~Me alone time (RARE these days!)


~two loads of laundry

~bedroom cleared


~kids down for their naps according to schedule and without LOUDNESS

~Sewing room closet repacked so it's not spilling everywhere

~Phone calls made!!!!

~homeschooling/kid activities researched and rejuvenated in my brain


I still have a few tasks to do, but none of them are huge. It is so weird to think that most of the tasks I need to do take less than twenty minutes each, and I still PROCRASTINATE SO MANY OF THEM. It's just silly. I spend more time finding things to do so I can avoid them than it would take to do them three times over!



post #15 of 1665

On today's to-do list:


*Tend to indoor bulb station

*Get big decluttering item filled boxes out to the garage

*Find new homes for several items on Freecycle.

*List a few items on Craigslist

*Firm up maple syrup mini unit lesson plans

*Rake remaining leaves to curbside for pick-up

*Disinfect flower pots, hanging baskets, etc to get ready for spring planting

*Research the practicality of a few Pinterest inspired contained gardening ideas.

*Library run

*10 minute clean bedrooms and learning room

*Write a letter to my great aunt


*Tackle kitchen and dining room decluttering

*Price materials for building new dining table as our current one is far too large for our downsizing move in the near future.  

Edited by mrsmischief - 1/11/12 at 5:04am
post #16 of 1665
Good Morning Ladies. smile.gif I just found this thread.

So far today I:
*made breakfast and tea
*got DD off to school
*took out the trash and opened the windows
*made the bed
*made lunch and did cleanup
*rinsed the dishes and cleaned the counters
*changed the litter box
*finished my reading.gifsmile.gif
*changed the towels in the bathroom and kitchen
*made an appointment
*took DD and her friend to horse riding treehugger.gif
*made dinner
*am about to start a new reading.gif

Have a good night. sleepytime.gif
Edited by *bejeweled* - 1/10/12 at 6:04pm
post #17 of 1665

I just want to say that you all make me feel like a slacker!  Little Lamb is down for a nap now, and I fell asleep with her!  My Christmas tree is still in the living room but denuded of lights and ornamets.  Gonna box those up and get the tree ready for the fire pit.  It won't last long..........  FIREdevil.gif

post #18 of 1665

Ahhhh off to a great start today!!


  • showered and dressed myself
  • set the timer for a 10 min kitchen cleanup
  • swept kitchen floor
  • scrubbed sticky spots on kitchen floor
  • brought extra mugs down to the basement for more room in our cabinets
  • sprayed and cleaned up some dried cat puke on the hardwood floor


Whew! Still so much to do...



post #19 of 1665

You know, it is very inspiring knowing that there are people actually struggling with the same things as me and often more. Might sound bad...but it is a kind of comfort, when the house is a total mess and I just don't know where to even start.


Anyhow, I decided to get started with the white laundry. That always seems like a good place to start, because it means the kitchen towels gets washed and dried, which in turn means I can get to the bottom of the dishes. Once that is done, I will have enough space to bake some naan bread and make a proper indian curry to go with it. Which in turn means energy for actually finishing my essay...which means I then have time to actually tackle the coloured laundry. So you see, it all boils down to getting the laundry done so I can reclaim my reading chair and relax. I'm preparing to be very, very lazy for a few days next week. :D


Oh, and I'm really helped along with my organisational tasks because I partook in the Apple 1st generation nano exchange program...and got a brand new 6th generation nano that has a timer that counts down from that. Really great little thing, for when I get lost in more interesting things than doing what I'm supposed to do. Beep it goes, reminding me to get the laundry right now. Now I finally get it, why so many swear by timers!

post #20 of 1665

Got quite a bit done today already, but I feel like there is still so much more to do.  Here's the remainder of my day:


Mix bread starter (never did this from yesterday)

Read aloud w/ DS1

Read aloud w/ DD1

Load dishwasher

Wash pots in sink

Clear off kitchen counter

Cast on for my fingerless mitts

Fold load of whites

Fold load of diapers

Move clothes from washer to dryer

Edited by FillingMyQuiver - 1/10/12 at 3:55pm
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