Friday, March 14, 2014

Setting up a new routine

I've been back home from Alabama these past 2 weeks and am just getting into a routine in the new house. Nearly all the boxes have been unpacked and the rest of them will wait until it's opportune to unpack them, when I'm good and ready, in other words. :)

It's strange living in a new house even though it's a very nice house.  Just a matter of getting adjusted to everything here and remembering where I put the butter dish and the bath soap.  It's also strange not having to get up and go to work every day or even every other day as I've done for the past 3+ years.  I have time--lots of time!  Since we moved to town, I can run to the store in 10 minutes and not have to allow for an hour of drive time every time I had to come to town.  I've been at ends wondering how I will manage all this time and use it productively. I've been known to waste consume hours of the day at the computer, playing frivolous games, and that's OK once in awhile but now I have the time to do it daily. Yikes!

I've come up with a housekeeping plan that seems to be working pretty well. For my entire life, I've spent Saturdays cleaning house. As a girl, my sisters and I had the job of cleaning the house on Saturdays while Mom did the weekly baking.  As a working wife and mother, I continued to clean on Saturdays and also do the laundry and shopping on the weekend as well. I'm afraid that without any structure to my days, I would put off doing these housekeeping chores until the clutter and dirt are overwhelming and then be faced with the daunting task of doing it all at once, as I've done for so many years.

The plan I came up with and have followed the past 2 weeks is to do one or two rooms every day, not spending more than 1 1/2 hours on housework.  So far, I like it.  You have to understand that I absolutely HATE cleaning house!  Such a thankless job!  It never stays neat and clean and you just have to repeat the same tasks over and over and over!  I hate it!  BUT, I can manage an hour or so every day and the house is staying clean!  Every week, every room in the house is cleaned but not all at the same time.  I'm thinking this is something I can live with.

Today, I plan on taking some pix of the quilting I worked on in Alabama and the commissioned quilt I began a few days ago and will post them soon.


  1. I like your cleaning plan...and now you have plenty of time to do that cleaning so you dont have to cram it all into one day ...perfect! I totally envy you.

    Im sure you'll find lots to fill your days once you get into a bit of a routine!

  2. I hear you about the computer games, such a waste of time but......with the Winter we have experienced here in Ontario, so much snow and cold temps did not make it pleasant to go out. Having very little sunshine is so depressing, so I spent far too many hours playing games. The one thing that did make me survive this time of the year was walking at the indoor track at our local arena. It took a lot of talking to myself to get into the routine, now walking at least 20-25 kilometers a week, with the bonus of loosing some pounds.
    I live alone so my house does not need an awful lot of cleaning, but some things need to be done on a regular basis. So, I am a "list" person........writing a daily, well almost daily, list of everything I want or needs to be done that particular day. Crossing off tasks on this list make me know that I have accomplished something. Laundry is done on Saturday or in the evenings to take advantage of the lower price electricity. Most days some time is spent in my sewing room,
    On my list this coming week will be, taking a piece of fabric to the paint store to match the quilt which is on my bed.
    They say it takes about two weeks to get into a regular routine, hope yours works out well for you.