There are all sorts of clutter to deal with – some you create yourself and some created by others. I will never embrace minimalism, it’s not in my bones. However, I’ve noticed lately that I am spending quality energy and way too many spoons moving my crap around. I was recently talking this over with my research assistant Mrs. Monkey and she is dealing with the same issue.
What to do? I have help each month with the vacuuming of the stairs, vacuuming my bedroom, and cleaning my master bath. This is just one less thing that I have to deal with. However, my packrat tendencies are starting to become too much to deal with. Srsly, how much washi tape does this girl need? I believe that I truly want for nothing. I’m very lucky to be able to wipe my own a$$ and take care of my most basic needs (a place to rest, cover my bills, etc).
What used to be a simple task of tidying up is now a battle between my self and my energy. There are many weekend mornings when I get up before everyone else and I will cleanup my messes…but that also means that I have spent a great amount of my energy for the day – and if I have errands and appointments, egads I’m done for.
This has now become intervention level crisis (in my mind at least) and I’m looking for a solution. How do I do this without becoming a hoarder!?
Honoring Service and Sacrifice
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Last month’s Money Challenge was all about the online spending…I actually did better than I thought I would. Out of thirty days, I made only seven online purchases. This is amazing to me! Progress people, progress.
Ok, so now I am going to turn it up a notch and for May…it’s all about the cash! Oy! With the exception, of course, for all the automatic payments for set bills – it’s all going to be about the cash. I need to reload my Starbucks card – you better have a ten dollar bill handy girl. You want to go to craft store, you better bring your cash envelope.
I am sure you have totally noticed by now that I am not just going cold turkey and being all cash all the time. It’s because I have to re-wire my brain and learn to do things differently. You know the story, do the same thing over & over again and get the same results. Also, I want to break my dependency on using my debit card for everything. My current mindset is – “oh, I has money in the bank, I can buy this”. Umm, that would be a negative Lissy. I did pre-plan my May Cash Flow to have cash available for items I have noticed are reoccurring each month. That would be for things like take out and crafty supplies.
I am very nervous about this challenge…I’ll update you in June
Here we are, the last installment of my four part series on the Eisenhower Method for Chronics. Thank you for joining me on this journey. Let’s wrap this up, shall we?
In this post, I will share about the Someday portion of the method. In most of the charts and explanations I have found on this sort of planning, this becomes the trash section. I want to think of it as the “when I have the extra energy, I would like to get this done” list. Someday, I would like to “watch the Netflix documentary on Minimalism” or “I need to organize my DVD’s”. See where I’m going with this?
For myself, if it doesn’t have a spot to write it down, it’s lost to the cosmos forever. Then again, I get lost trying to find my ass. I offer one additional piece of advice to accompany this list. Keep a notebook to store your Someday list. It will be there for those days that you want to feel productive but need a task that won’t zap you right out of spoons.
I want to thank you all how have joined me on this little journey of planning for chronics. I truly hope this has become a valuable tool to keep you on track.
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