So…. there are 21 days before school starts here. I have 21 days to do a LOT of work to make sure everyone is ready, including me. And not just being ready for school, but for the shift in activities, and (gasp!) the approaching Holiday season.
I’m not great at pacing myself – I procrastinate waiting on perfection to arrive, and I end up cramming (trying to cram) a months worth of work into 48 hours. Determined to avoid this scenario I created a little check list. Maybe, this way, the excitement of a new season won’t become the Panic of the Century. Maybe.
For the next three weeks, I’m working on kid stuff and kids rooms, household wise (and getting a large client project underway – very exciting!). Our upstairs/kid space has needed attention for a while, it’s been a long time coming, and I really want the kiddos to have comfortable “finished” spaces, ready to welcome them home and be well appointed for studying and relaxing. My household list looms large:
shoe shopping (athletic)DONE! THANK YOU DEAR SISTER IN LAW!!
- evaluate make up and personal care items – replace/replenish
evaluate closets and clean outDONE! GOOD JOB KIDS! (I still need to do mine)
- clothes and dress shoe shopping
- school supplies shopping
- digital organization (probably won’t happen all in one day, but get started)
- update calendar
- paint sons room I
- paint sons room II
- decorate sons room I
- decorate sons room II
- paint upstairs landing walls
- clean out upstairs landing closet
- clean carpets upstairs
- paint laundry room cabinets
- paint laundry room walls
- paint older daughters room (walls only)
- decorate older daughters room I
- decorate older daughters room II
- decorate younger daughters room I
- decorate younger daughters room II
I’m excited about the timeline, rather than feeling overwhelmed, because so much of this is cleaning and painting and decorating, and the results are nearly instant. Not much waiting for a lot of gratification. Some, but not all, of this will be done by me – I’m fortunate that members of my family love to shop, for example, so the kids get taken on much more extravagant and adventurous outings than my midnight tours of on-line sales. Also, the kids will clean out their own closets and help me with their rooms. The projects I’m taking on personally are for measures of economy and expediency. I just need them done, and I like to do much of my own painting. I find painting therapeutic, and it gives me some productive quiet time. So much so I always keep a notebook handy so I can jot down all my genius thoughts – and I’m good, and fast, and very reasonably priced. I’d rather have the extra money I save by DIM’ing it for a splurge on a special piece of furniture or a fun weekend trip, not to mention all the expenses that come along with having a high school senior – that’s a whole other conversation.
I hope you’re enjoying these blessed last few days of summer – it’s hot, but something about it is still so sweet.
With love and optimism –