A little disjointed here - more like 3 smaller blogs that one cohesive one. Or maybe just a word vomit thing.
I can't believe I've been on summer break for a month already, and I haven't done a dang thing. Yikes. Every summer I do a massive declutter and deep clean of the whole house - it's a project that I have a love/hate relationship with. I love how the house looks and feels when I'm done, but I hate doing the actual work of it. Every summer I put it off until the middle of July and then panic because I have so much to do in so little time before I return to work. Every summer I promise myself that "next summer" I'm not going to procrastinate. So, I really need to start this week (today) in order to not break the same promise to myself all over again. I'm kind of stuck though as far as where to start. Should I start with the bathroom or a closet (tiny areas, minimal work, feeling of accomplishment and building momentum but a small step towards the overall goal). Should I start with the kitchen or living room (big job that will take many hours, but will be obvious progress and a bigger step)? Should I start with my bedroom (b/c that can be my sanctuary as I tear apart the rest of the house but no-one else will see it)? Or do I start with the basement (storage area/bookshelves/tools - b/c if the storage area is clearer I will have room to work with for the rest of the house but I don't know what I will end up putting down there so I'll end up rearranging later anyway)? I just need to pick something and start, I can't just be paralyzed with indecision.
I have some older appliances in my house. My washing machine, dishwasher and fridge were in a three way race for which one would go out first. Last summer the fridge won, and I replaced it. Last Monday my dryer came from behind for a surprise 2nd place finish. My ex-husband (who can fix pretty much anything that can be fixed) looked at it and thinks the motor went out because that's the only thing he can't really check and everything else is fine. It's 20 years old so I shouldn't be surprised, but I kind of am because it has been a champ. I can't hang clothes outside because my allergies are bad enough that I don't want the extra pollen/dust/whatever on my clothing, and I don't really have a place to put a line inside (I've tried, it didn't work) so I can hang one load at a time on my drying rack. So instead of weekly laundry, I'm going to have to do one load every few days. My sheets and towels I don't have room to hang so my ex has offered to let me use his dryer for those until I replace mine. There are no appliance stores in my town except for a rent to own place, and they charge a premium even if I pay upfront. So that means I need to check out the one place that has used appliances, and then most likely go to the nearest city (about an hour away) and check at Lowes or Home Depot. I need to do some online research first, and then make a day of it I guess. My fridge last summer took 3 weeks from buying to delivery, so if the dryer is on the same type of schedule I need to make it a priority to get the process started.
Gyms and dance studios were allowed to reopen (with restrictions) in my area on June 1. The exercise class I take a couple days a week is held in a room of a dance studio. So I've been going to the gym or my class or walking every day (except 2 days) since June 1. It feels so good to get some exercise after being a slug since the gyms closed in March. I'm bad at working out at home which is why I joined a gym in the first place. So since June 1 I have exercised all but 2 days, and have gotten my minimum water intake all but 1 day. This morning I saw a 2 pound gain so I'm a little frustrated with myself there. What it comes down to is the food choices I'm making. I hate cooking, but love baking. So there have been a lot of cookies and fresh bread in my house. There have also been a lot of convenience type frozen meals and as I've seen COVID numbers remain low i and stable in my area I have started doing take-out more from restaurants again. This is where I need to step it up and start holding myself accountable for my food choices. I have the fitness and water going, now I need to work on the hardest of the big three.
To do list for the day:
1. Grade the last few assignments turned in through online summer school
2. Towels - laundry
3. Go to the gym (pick a workout first) and take laundry to M's for the dryer
4. Choose a starting point and spend at least 2 hours cleaning/decluttering
5. Make supper - hopefully making enough for meals later in the week
To do list for the week:
1. Gym/exercise class daily
2. Load of laundry every time I have a full load
3. Keep up on the the basics of cleaning & lawn maintenance
4. Spend a minimum of 2 hours each day deep cleaning and/or decluttering
5. Read for 30-60 minutes a day
6. Research and buy a dryer