And… it is done.
Here is the last batch of Before & Afters (or, really, mostly Afters, because I woke up with a massive dehydration headache, and it took me a woefully long time to realize that’s what it was (here I was trying to ply it with yet more coffee), so I spent the better part of the morning in a brain fog). Sorry if it seems like a lot all at once, but I never posted the pics of the living room yesterday, and neither the hallway/transitional spaces in the house nor the bathrooms really deserved their own post (rest assured the bathrooms got a good cleaning, but they are both too regularly maintained (out of necessity) to make especially interesting Before & Afters).
Living Room Before:
Living Room (and Bedroom) Afters:
I suppose the question now is, what next? My home is under control, so let’s tick off the first check box under Getting My Life Together in 2020 — what’s the next list item?
Developing a routine, I guess, because my neurodivergent brain is a complete and utter Hot Mess.
Honestly though, I don’t think it’s something I have to develop, it’s just something I actually have to utilize. My main issue is organization, both of my living space and my head space (ADHD is a bitch, let me tell you). Sometimes a couple of years ago — maybe a few, at this point — I made myself a set of checklists and organizers, one for a Morning and Evening routine, and one for a cleaning routine. Both had been printed out, laminated, stuck to the fridge, and… promptly forgotten about. Which is a shame, because for the few weeks I actually followed them, they really set a wonderful tempo for my life. The morning and evening routine one was especially, surprisingly effective. Getting up at a set time, showering in the morning (I was never a Bathe in the Morning person, but wow, it make a difference in the way you face the day), starting the day with breakfast and a glass of water (augmenting, not replacing, my coffee — I need my caffeine, thank you very much), and an uplifting podcast or video? It really did sort of set the tone for the whole day.
The evening routine was the same. As soon as my son went to bed, I would wash up, change into pajamas, make some tea, get my inbox to zero, read my blogs and catch up on social media, then turn on a podcast and work on a hobby before getting ready for bed and doing my gratitude journal. I did breakfast prep, packed my bag, and laid out my outfit the night before as well, which made the morning transition so much smoother. It was a hugely effective system that I abandoned… why? Probably, if I’m being honest, because something derailed me temporarily (I was sick, or travelling, or something) and I never quite got back on track.
That’s a huge issue for me. Falling of the wagon isn’t such a big deal, everyone hits bumps along the way and gets thrown off sometimes. Never managing to get back on; that’s a big problem. One that I really would love to leave in 2019.
So I guess the next thing to do is to tweak and update my checklists. Bear is older now, so a number of tasks on my cleaning checklist need to be updated (he no longer has A Bath Day, he takes baths every other night, and I have phone alarms set for them), and my evening routine no longer includes MyFitnessPal (I’m still working on health/weight loss as a goal this year, just not using MFP), but the integrity of the routine overall still stands. If I can use and stick to this, I think I have the good basis for having a happier, less stressful new year.
…Oh my God, am I ready? Am I ready for 2020??
Tomorrow is New Year’s Eve; Bear is staying at my mother’s house, and Andy and I are going to a low key party at a friends, then probably coming back to do what we’ve done the last few years — eat chips in bed and watch old Bob’s Burgers episodes as the last minutes of the year tick down.
There are worse ways to ring in the next decade.
Also, have I mentioned how happy I am that I can stop blogging about nothing but cleaning for a little while? And maybe, like… do some art?? Be creative? Chat about literally anything else?