1) Clean the bathrooms in your house. Seriously think of this-What’s worse than cleaning the toilet? Cleaning the toilet when you find out you didn’t win SYTYCW! And, if you DO win, at least you won’t have to ruin the fun by then cleaning the toilets!
2) Write, Write, Write. Write until the bitter end. And if the end isn’t bitter for you, well, then you’ve got some chapters towards that book you’re going to show your new editor! And if the end is bitter, well then you’re ahead of yourself when you *may* take off a few days to wallow in self-pity.
3) Go out with a friend(s). Seriously, not a writer friend, a *Normal* friend. I did this last week and it worked. A whole evening was spent discussing normal things…
4) Watch TV. Watch a Movie…do all those things you normally don’t have time to do because you’re busy writing at night. Because there is nothing worse than sitting at your computer accomplishing nothing because you can’t get this contest off your mind! So, you might as well give yourself a break and have a fun night.
5) Eat. It doesn’t have to be *bad* food, but it should be yummy, indulgent food. Last night I made homemade Guacamole. And even though, yes, technically Avocado’s are very good for you, when you consume half the bowl, the bazillion calories probably negate the good for you points.
So, that’s my little list of things…4 days left…Good luck everyone!
Oh, maybe I should have added laundry to the list…
No, this isn’t some clever metaphor or anything profound, this is what I woke up to this morning.
The one night we didn’t clean up the kids/baby toys and I wake up to finding cat vomit all over the new family room rug and the abacus. Truly a great way to start the day. Of all the places in the house (we have wood floors everywhere, hence, very easy to clean messes) our darling cat decides that all over the kids play area is the perfect place.
Cat vomit in between all those pieces on the abacus. Lovely.
I’m not sure if she was trying to do some extracurricular learning…
So, in the last year, we listed and sold our house (when our daughter was 4 mos old and our son was 4), bought a house that needed a complete renovation, moved in with my parents, gutted our new house (in 6 wks did a new kitchen, 3 new bathrooms, new floors…etc.) and then moved in. It’s been quite the year. Then throw in some scary health stuff, that thankfully resolved itself, and I’m happy 2011 is gone.
I’ve put my writing back as priority Number 1 career-wise. My only problem? Everything else is caving down around me.
Here’s the problem: We also have our own business, and I’m a big part of it=significant chunk of my time gone. Son is gone to school during the day-unless he’s caught the latest plague from school. DD is 15 months old, and with me all day. So, that leaves nap-time to oh, cram in a thousand things into a 2-hour time-slot.
Eating wholesome food is a real priority for us. No processed foods, take-out, all that is avoided as much as possible. So by the time I cook dinner from scratch, clean, blah blah blah, all the other usual boring stuff there is very little time left-as I’m sure you can all relate.
So I’ve come up with a few things to take some of the pressure off:
1) Have freezer-food night 1x/wk. A girlfriend of mine and I do a “Cook-a-thon” once a year in the fall and basically make a bunch of homemade pizza and Bolognese sauce and pack it up in the freezer for winter. This has been a life-saver for me. I’ve also started doubling up a lot of dinners and freezing them so I can add to my stash.
2) 1x/wk, throw myself and my children upon my parents and demand they feed us. This works. Grandparents can’t refuse darling, hungry grandchildren.
3) Saturday Nights-Whole Foods Night Takeout. OMG, I love this store. This is my favourite store in the whole world, and if it didn’t cost a BAZILLION dollars to do my groceries there, I would do them all there, every week. So, I only do their takeout once a week and it’s great.
4) Take any help anyone is willing to offer. My parents mean well and try to help, but they are aging and have their own health issues to deal with, and more often than not I get involved in their issues to try and help them out. So, whenever they offer to help with the kids, I take it. Even if it’s last minute (my parents have somehow managed to get through life without any sort of advanced scheduling).
5)Mess? What mess? Let some areas of the house go. Yes, my mother would gasp, but it has to be done. If you live in something larger than a shoebox, have kids and a bunch of other stuff going on, this is the only way.
6) Don’t iron. Seriously. I don’t believe in it, never have. lol.
7) Coffee. The picture says it all.
Alright, that’s all I got. I should get back to writing. If anyone has any other good time-saver tips, I’d love to hear them!
As much as I say “I don’t care about housework,” I kinda do. I am one of those people who cannot function in a disorganized environment. Sure, I can let things go for a ‘bit’. But not long. I mean, when laundry starts piling up and not getting put away…I start panicking. Seriously. It’s pathetic I know. I think part of the problem is that I feel like I’ve got so much ‘stuff’ on my plate right now that a chaotic home is just too much to take too. I already have issues with thinking clearly with kids in the room, lol, a messy house and loud kids and husband just make it all feel out of control. So neat means,’ in control’.
And I especially like to start off Monday morning with a nice clean house. Well, let me rephrase that: a nice, organized house. I can overlook a couple dust-bunnies (or quite a few thanks to our furball cat who literally walks around in a constant state of shedding). But, I have to have a clean and tidy main floor. Laundry needs to be put away. Kitchen has to be clean. Entrance clutter free. It’s a good way to start the week. But I’ve learned to let go of a lot of the other stuff. When I look back on my life I’d rather say, wow, “I’m so glad I’m a published author,” rather than “I’m so happy my house was always shiny and clean and that I never pursued publication!”
There’s only so much me to go around. I’ve made being at home with my kids a priority. But I’ve also sacrificed because I do still have a day job-we have our own business, so that means me being with the kids and fitting in business stuff during evenings, which leaves precious little time to pursue writing. So if something’s gotta give this year, it’s gonna be the housework