I made my bed today.
This is a big deal. I can’t remember the last time I made my bed – I don’t even do it when I change my sheets. I have entered the Dawn of a New Era. Today is significant because it is the first full week of my children being back in school. Not only that, but it is the first full week of my youngest child being in school for a full day.
Seven hours. I now have 7 whole hours a day of no child time.
No “Mom, can you get me something to eat.”
No “Mom, can you wipe my butt?”
No “Mom, can you put on this movie.”
Seven hours when I am no longer primarily Mother and Caretaker.
Summer was hard. Not hard as in miserable or horrible, but 97% of my time was spent picking up and dropping off kids, feeding and entertaining. That only leaves 3% of my time to: run my business, clean, work on the household projects or anything else. The weekend before the first day of school I slept seven hours worth of naps. Seriously. Summer was exhausting.
I’m not much one for making or following schedules but with the amount of work pilled up over the summer months I thought I should try it. I actually made a Monday through Friday Schedule of how to most effectively use my time – but I can’t find it now.
Never-fear, I’m going to try to remember it, here goes:
Monday: Work in office, cook actual dinner for kids.
Tuesday: Clean house and work on home improvement projects.
Wednesday: More office work and writing.
Thursday: Volunteer and cook a real dinner again.
Friday: Be creative!
With my house a total wreck and home improvement projects piling up I’ve been stymied all summer in pursing the creative activities that I love – WRITING (Blogging world I’ve missed you), Quilting, Sewing, Crocheting, Painting, etc…) I was hindered from creating by vicious Guilt that bound me in dormancy by a dirty house and undone projects (that weren’t getting cleaned or completed anyway – but that’s what Guilt does).
No more! Dirt or no, HI projects will wait – on Fridays – I’m creating…something.
And it all started with me making my bed this morning. This is the dawn of a new era and I am so ready for it.
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7 thoughts on “I Made My Bed Today and The Dawn of a New Era”
I confess I rarely make my bed. Partly because of the way my bed is crammed into my bedroom. I have to pick up the foot-end and move it away from the wall (without scratching the floor) so I can get on the wall side to make up that part of it. Then when I’m done, I have to move the foot-end back. It’s just very cramped, and it discourages me from making the effort. Every so often I make a new resolution to make my bed every day (according the Fox News, supposedly that’s one of the things successful people do–and surely they know!) This most recent time it last 3 or 4 days in a row I think. But there’s always tomorrow morning!
Yes, I agree. I think it is something that successful people do, I’ve heard that quite a bit. My bed is very easy to make right now because it’s in the middle of the room. So I have nothing to hold me back but my own self. Let’s see how long this lasts…
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Love the plan for Friday! What a great idea. Can’t wait to see the things you come up with!
You and me both. 🙂
[…] With my new found thirty-five hours a week I’ve decided I need to have some sort of daily schedule to keep myself productive and to also carve out some time for creative activities. Doing what I love – just because I love it. I wrote about it earlier in the week here. […]
Several years ago, I started making my bed every single morning. First thing. (Except on super cold Michigan mornings when I venture to the bathroom first to start the shower before I make the bed!) But it has been one of my favorite little changes. I LOVE walking into my room with my nicely made bed. It has made me keep my room much more tidy (embarrassing that it took that!) but who wants a freshly made bed in a messy room? And my favorite thing is that my room has become so much more comfortable and relaxing…all because I make my bed each day. One of the best little changes I’ve ever incorporated! Hope it does the same for you:)
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Thank you. And ACK! I didn’t make it yet this morning … (I am loving it tho…)