Dealing with Clutter

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!?

 

 

Someday, I will…

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.

But wait, there’s more!  I have SOMETHING for you…so exciting! A PRINTABLE…yassss! I am launching a bimonthly newsletter this year and would love for you to be a part of the journey. When you click to sign up, (click on the Receive Updates below) you will get a Eisenhower Method for Chronics printable to start your own journey of planning.

Love to hear your feedback as well – let me know if this method helps you or frustrates you.

lissy

 

Progress Not Perfection

So, after thousands of dollars and a horrid night’s sleep for a home health test, the results are in.  Yours truly has no significant result’s pointing to any kind of apnea. I was off the charts – in the negative sense.  I do however have insomnia. Srsly? I could have told them that. My GP would like me to see a psychiatrist – ha ha ha no. I am booking an appointment my naturopath lady!

In other health related news, I lost two pounds! Recently, Mrs. Monkey and I were talking about being hyper vigilant.  It’s my term for being crazy focused on a fixed item. I started with doing the Low Carb and just felt lost.  I switched it up recently and it paid off.

I am now making sure I reach a daily goal of walking at a minimum of five thousand steps. With that, I cut my calorie intake, portion control, drank a boatload of water and tracked the heck out of it all. Luckily, the peeps at Fitbit make it all possible with their app.

I would have been beyond ecstatic if I had lost just a half of a pound, but two! Amazeballs!

lissy

 

Unplugged

Last year I took on this challenge and failed miserably.  I can honestly say that I don’t think I made it eight hours.

So why do it again? Because I can. At 6:30pm today I will be handing over My Precious into the capable hands of Mother Superior and will be begging on my hands and knees for it back at 6:30pm Saturday.  TWENTY-FOUR hours!

I will be occupying my time doing things I should be doing all along…reading a good book, painting, crafting, plannernating (that’s a word for the creative planning) and maybe a nap…or two.

You still have time to join.

And if I make it the whole day…I’M BUYING A PLANNER!

lissy

Yes, I am aware

(begin rant)

Over the last couple of months I have seen all my specialists and even brought in a new one to deal with.  One common connection…”you need to lose weight”.

Yes, I am aware.

Not one word that my blood tests came back with an indication that I’m showing dehydration in my blood but nonetheless, I’m fat.  Thanks for playing docs! My chronic illness didn’t come with the weight loss package!

I won’t lie. I’m feeling a bit defeated right now. The change in my eating habits has resulted in less bloating and a bit more energy but no real weight loss as of yet. I do notice that I am not drinking enough water and need to step that up.

Meh. I’m off to do some self care research so I don’t eat my weight in gluten!

(end rant)

lissy

How to Tackle Spring Cleaning

Just short of a month from now it will be Spring…somewhere…because I live in the armpit of hell and we don’t have seasons.  Anyway, I wanted to share how I am going to tackle my Spring Cleaning this year.  You know what this is right? The annual “throw open the windows and let the fresh air of the new season waft through your home as you are scrubbing the baseboards to a brilliant shine!”

Hahaha…no.

In my former rabbit paced life, that would have been the scenario. There is no cleaning of the home from top to bottom for three days for me anymore. I do have help with major parts of the home that allow me to utilize the FlyLady’s method of cleaning one area each week. (and yes, I have stickers for that). Since I still hold down a 9 to 5 job, I do pay to have help around the house. However, there areas that are strictly mine to take care of.

Last year, I took 52 areas/spots in my living space to tackle and even joined in with a cleaning/de-clutter event held by one of favorite planner peeps. This year, I am picking on area to work on. One. My fugly patio. It’s just bad. Dead plants, cushions losing their fabric, rusted garden tools bad!

Now here’s the first thing I did…ready, pre-planning. (yes, I love planning #allthethings!). I took a look around my patio and identified all the items that needed to be cleaned, trashed, replaced, repaired and even added a few items to purchase.  Then I sat down with my calendar and picked two Saturdays that I don’t have other plans. I overdo and I didn’t want my Saturday filled with errands and cleaning. I picked a date for the removal of trash, then a date of sweeping and clearing the cobwebs, and so forth. By the time I’m done it will be Spring!

Next month, I will update you with professional looking before and after’s worthy of HGTV.  No, not really, but one can wish.

lissy

 

Part 2: Important

Webster’s Dictionary defines Important as marked by or indicative of significant worth. In last month’s series we spoke about urgent tasks and now here comes important.  Last month I talked about Urgent tasks, and those are the “put out the damn fire” task items.  Important tasks for me are those pesky “I gotta do this” to do’s.

For instance, I have four phone calls to make this week.  I would add them to my planner but with no red star to signify urgency. Don’t get me wrong here, these are items that have to be completed this week. If I find that I’m simply procrastinating, I can quickly turn these over to the Urgent side with simple red star.

Again, I have to say that determining what is urgent and important will be up to you and your needs. This exercise is individual driven but I think it lightens the load a little when you seem to have days when you have a flare and you can pop open the planner to see if there is anything requires your attention.

This has become a huge help to me as many of my plans often go astray. I just want to be able to know that before I crash out on my lovely bed, I’ve taken care of what needs to be done.

What do you consider Urgent versus Important? Share your thoughts in the comments below

lissy

 

My Dog Eats Better Than Me

Seriously, she does. My pampered pouch enjoys a rather gluten-free, non-gmo eating life. Even her treats are natural!  Her hooman on the other hand is the fast-food queen of Central Arizona.  Why is  this big huge disparity? Well, she has no thumbs and is handed a bowl of food and told to eat!

I know a lot of issues with health today are linked to what foods you eat (whether you believe this or not, I’m not open for a debate). This said, I’ve got to develop an “Eat Right or Die” attitude towards what I put in my body. My research assistant Mrs. mOnkey, has introduced me to a ketogenic lifestyle. From what she has shared with me and my own research, ketogenics has been known to help those with fibromyalgia and aid in the healing of the numerous side effects our diagnosis comes with. It’s similar to Atkins with the low-carb, high fat food choices.

There is just one major issue…I have to cook…like food and eat veggietables. Ugh. Notice I didn’t call it a diet.  Diet is a restrictive word that immediately puts my brain on high alert to seek out all the chocolate in the house…we don’t want that now do we?  Instead, it will be a lifestyle choice.  I will choose to eat crudité for snacks sans the ranch dressing dip. I will endeavor to broaden my cooking skills by cooking a keto-friendly meal for me and my family. I will buy grass-fed cow butter and pick fresh, real food over greasy carb loaded curly fries.

Something has to change and sadly, I see, it is me. Why did I have to pick “focus” for my word of the year!?