Getting Organized Series: Clearing the Clutter

I was supposed to write a post about my car today, that Julie DeNeen inspired by her post yesterday.

But with the impending inspection coming up, we’ve been cleaning the hell out of the house.

I’m so tired…

While we’re cleaning, we’re also going through our stuff and getting rid of the junk. I still really want to be a minimalist. We started this process yesterday, ironically on April Fool’s day. We have several boxes, garbage bags and a porch full of all the junk we’re throwing out.

Our trash-filled front porch.
Our trash-filled front porch.

SO MUCH JUNK!!

That’s not even all of it. Most of this stuff is from the shed. Plus there’s a bunch of furniture on the porch that we want to throw out. Our Waste Management company doesn’t offer the dumpster service out here, so we’re not sure how we’re going to get rid of all of it. But we have to before Friday. Continue reading “Getting Organized Series: Clearing the Clutter”

My Daily Routine – The ADHD Version

I participated in a chat yesterday hosted specifically for women with ADHD. I met some really cool people, and even made a friend!

One of the questions that women were asking was about how everyone managed to get everything done in a day, like chores, work, kids etc. You know, the usual superwoman stuff.

I found it interesting that this question came up because of the recent series I’ve been hosting every Sunday: Life as a WAHM. One of the major topics of this series is the daily routine. In fact, Janine Huldie just did a post this month about her daily routine, which I found extremely enlightening.

But, I haven’t talked about my daily routine.

Since I do have ADHD, my daily routine is a bit… squirrely… I’ve found the only way to get things done is to have an actual routine. Solid does not necessarily mean scheduled, I have yet to add that much structure to my routine. I’m very much a creature of habit, and if my routine is disturbed, I find it very difficult to control my squirrely tendencies.

When I first became a SAHM, I fell into a fairly organized routine, which, over time, I modified and made more efficient. My routine continues to evolve, and I have found that with the ADHD, I have to go with the flow to a certain extent, especially where cleaning is concerned.

My To-Do List

Right now, my routine looks something like this:

  • Get up, clean dishes, tidy up the kitchen
  • Make tea, workout, shower
  • Breakfast
  • Look over to – do list and weekly goals
  • Preview lesson plan for the day’s homeschooling lessons
  • Check email
  • Check stats (Hubpages, blogs)
  • Log in to Facebook and Twitter and check messages and pages
  • Open up Word, and start work on the article I’m currently writing
  • Make more tea
  • Start Sam’s homeschooling lessons
  • Lunch
  • Work on blog posts
  • Continue Sam’s homeschooling lessons
  • Feed cats (all 6) and the dog
  • Clean litter boxes
  • Miscellaneous chores for the day (this can range from planting our container garden, which we’re in the process of doing, to listing items on ebay and vacuuming, etc).
  • Make more tea
  • Finish Sam’s homeschooling lessons
  • Dinner
  • Article writing, blogging
  • Social media stuff
  • Make more tea
  • Clean the kitchen of the dinner dishes etc.
  • Crafting time
  • Bed
  • Writing time
  • Bed

I should mention that we’re on a biphasic sleep schedule, which is why there are no times listed. It’s also why there are two bedtimes. We sleep twice: once for 4.5 hours and once for 1.5 hours. This gives us an extra two hours during our day, which I typically spend writing. I confess, however, that the majority of the two hours is spent surfing the web… my ADHD really kicks in when I have two solid hours of quiet time!

Biphasic Sleep Schedule
Our biphasic sleep schedule. Greg is blue, and I’m pink. These colored areas show our 4.5 and 1.5 hour blocks of sleep (the green is because Wednesday is trash day, which alters our sleep schedule by an hour.)

All this is about to change. We’ll be staying on the biphasic sleep schedule, but I’m going to devise a schedule to structure both my work time and my family time. I need to give myself time limits, and to do that I need to structure the routine more, and have set time periods for each activity. I’m hoping this will also curb my tendency to procrastinate.

So there you have it, my daily routine. I mentioned that I do have to kind of go with the flow, like when I’m cleaning? I have room-to-room syndrome. I’ll pick something up that has a home in another room, and I’ll have to put it in that room right away. Inevitably, I end up doing the same thing in the next room. But I do come back to the original room in the end. I usually go in a big circle. That’s how I use it to my advantage. I know I’m going to do it anyway, so why not do it efficiently?

I’m thinking about starting a new page on this blog – ADHD Tips. Since both my husband and I have ADHD as well as our daughter, I’m going to share all the tips and tricks I use to get through my day. 😀

Until tomorrow!

 

Pain Tolerance

We Can Only Tolerate So Much
Frits Ahlefeldt PD, via Public Domain Pictures

I was answering a comment on the Facing the Monster post I wrote recently, and I had this brilliant thought that I wanted to share with everyone.

We all have our limits. Humans are inherently finite. There’s only so much we can do, so much we can take. We all have a tolerance to pain, whether it is physical, emotional, or even spiritual pain and everyone’s tolerance level is different.

An easy way to understand tolerance is to think about pharmaceuticals. Eventually, the patient will build a tolerance to the medication they’re taking. The best example I can give is a painkiller. After taking a painkiller such as Vicodin (hydrocodone) for a long period of time, your body will need a higher dosage to get the same effect that you initially had when you first started the medication. This is known as tolerance, and it has the same definition for pain as it does for pharmaceuticals. Continue reading “Pain Tolerance”

We Need a Backhoe

So, I’m sitting on the couch reading some mommy blogging gossip and munching on a box of Kashi Toasted Asiago Snack Crackers that my husband practically demolished earlier this afternoon.

You know how when you get to the bottom of the box, the majority of the crackers are all crumbs, but there are still a few whole ones as well as larger pieces?

I grabbed a few of the whole ones and in between were broken pieces that were slightly bigger than your typical crumb. Instead of eating them over the box like a lady (remember I was reading gossip at the time), I shoveled the whole handful in my mouth in such a way that the slightly larger crumbs would fall in my mouth. My husband happened to look back at the same time, and I froze like a deer in headlights… Continue reading “We Need a Backhoe”

The Procrastinating Husband vs the Non-procrastinating Wife

Yes, Julie DeNeen was my inspiration yet again. She wrote a post on procrastination and it got me thinking.

My Clean Kitchen
Finally got the kitchen clean, although I had to do it…

I can be the world’s worst procrastinator; however, I much prefer the “get it done now so I don’t have to do it later” philosophy. Nine times out of ten, I’ll do the chore (or whatever) just to get it out of the way so I can get to the fun stuff (like planning my week, or writing my blog post).

My husband, on the other hand, is the complete opposite. He will put things off until I get fed up and do the stuff for him. His system works quite beautifully actually, and it works every time. I can ask him to clean the kitchen until I’m blue in the face, and it’ll never get done until I get up and do it. If he does actually “clean the kitchen” he’ll end up just doing the dishes and leave the mess on the stove and the spilled rice on the floor.

How can you do something so half-assed? To me, cleaning the kitchen means cleaning the dishes, wiping down the counters and stove and vacuuming the floor. Doing the laundry means washing, drying and putting away the laundry, not just washing, drying it and leaving it in the basket (sorry Julie… lol). If I’m going to do something, I might as well get it all done at once. I hate leaving things unfinished. I just can’t do it. Continue reading “The Procrastinating Husband vs the Non-procrastinating Wife”

If at First You Don’t Suceed… Fail Epically

I was inspired by Julie DeNeen and her recent post Go Big or Go Home to write this, mainly because I wrote some really great quotes in my comment. 😀 No, seriously, her post was actually quite inspirational.

“People are too afraid to push themselves beyond what they perceive as their potential.”

That was my first awesome quote.

But why is that? Why do we have a set “potential?” Why do parents stunt their child’s development by telling them to “reach their full potential?” We should all desire to push past, WAY past, that potential. What’s wrong with being a society full of overachievers? We’d have every disease known to man cured, world peace (or domination, whatever) and we’d be a very different human race.

“If you don’t fail, you can’t succeed, and if you’re going to fail, you might as well fail epically!” Continue reading “If at First You Don’t Suceed… Fail Epically”