For 30 weekdays I have attempted a housewife challenge. I don’t think I’ve done so great. I wanted to build at least one new habit but nothing has stuck. I wanted my house to be sparkly, but it’s the same as ever. I wanted my garden to be practically perfect, but I knew that was never going to happen. I was more successful than the last few times I tried similar challenges. Maybe it was the advanced planning or maybe it was the nicer weather. It’s funny how we remember things based off the ending and not the beginning or middle. Because I’ve been failing the last week or so, I feel like the entire thing was a failure. But I had lots of successes early in the month. The first two weeks I accomplished so much and my house was closer to sparkly. Did I take on too much? Why did I fail at week 3? I felt so many things were “good enough” that I stopped trying.
I think my next major housewife challenge will be in August. I’m even thinking of doing a vintage august (minimal computer), but we’ll see.
The last few days of the challenge I was finally delivered my free mulch. It was as tall as I was! A friend took three truckloads and I still have enough for my side yards, fence line, and a majority of my backyard. It took four days to move it all into a pile in the backyard and I’m still working on putting it out. Coming up, how to mesh M’s keto diet with my idea of healthy eating and make it tasty for both of us.
Happy April! It’s a beautiful month for some spring cleaning. Now is a great time of year to declutter some of those winter clothes that never got worn and to pull out what’s ahead for summer. Even if you aren’t using a professional decluttering service (like yours truly) you should still take stock of your summer things. Advantages: see what you have and what you still need; don’t make unnecessary purchases getting duplicates of things you already own that might be buried; gives you time to make any repairs before you need the stuff to wear.
- Pull out all those shorts and summer tops and make sure they all have their buttons. Have a few you don’t like? Donate them! Have a few you’re excited to wear? Make sure they’re clean and easy to reach.
- How’s your bathing suit and other beachwear looking? Do you know where it all is? Consider making a beach bag with your suit, cover up, a big hat, sunscreen, and a towel. Then you can just grab the ready bag whenever you’re headed to the pool or beach.
- For many women, summer means sundress season! (Face it they are street acceptable nightgowns.) Pull out all your sundresses. Have some that no longer fit? Unless they fit last summer and you are two months into a workout routine, what are the chances they’ll actually fit this summer? Donate them to someone who will love them! Have a few that just don’t do it for you? Maybe they don’t sit right at the shoulder or a dart is in an uncomfortable place. Donate it! If you have anything preventing you from reaching for it again and again, it’s time to donate it.
- Shoes and sandals. I have a hard time talking about this one because I’ve never owned more than six pairs of shoes in my life (at a time) so I don’t understand the fascination, but…….Are your flip flops worn through? Get rid of them! Did a sandal strap break last year and you still haven’t fixed it? Put it on the front seat of your car and vow to deal with it in the next week. Otherwise it gets trashed or donated. Have a pair that makes you happy but nothing to wear them with? Shop your closet first to try and make an outfit. Then decide if it’s worth spending another $50+ on an outfit just to wear with those shoes.
- Hats! Another one I have troubles with, but take a look at all your hats. Do you like all of them? Really truly? Go through all the ball caps, all the floppy hats, all the berets (Hey, I don’t know much about hats okay?) Surely you have a cap or two that can be donated?
- Now is a great time to re-evaluate your yardwork and grungy clothes. How many outfits do you really need to paint the house it? Can your paint clothes double as your garden work clothes? How are your garden clothes holding up? Do they have holes that make gardening difficult? Are they too tight? If you had to answer the front door in those clothes would you be embarrassed by what you are wearing? Donate, trash, or repurpose as many yardwork clothes as possible.
If you are feeling ambitious or your clothing situation is perfected, consider decluttering some of these other areas:
- Seasonal decorations
- Garden tools
- Yard furniture and games
- Pool supplies
There you have it. April is a great time for decluttering and getting ready for summer. Have a summer category I’m missing? Feel free to comment below.
Somehow I’ve become a complete slug. Not sure if it was a typical failure of week 3 or if it’s just my natural state (who am I kidding, it’s my natural state). I accomplished very little in the last week or so. Seeing the snake completely derailed my plans for the next day or two, since most of what I wanted to get done was in the garden. M had off Good Friday and I wouldn’t normally count it as a day, but we had the HVAC people out to service the AC before summer and while waiting for them we tackled a few weeds and I set up my soaker hose in my raised beds. After a few days with them that way though I don’t think they’re working as well as I’d like. They may not be getting my pea plants enough. The allysum I bought is already dying. I don’t know if it’s the container, our harder water, or what, but it’s looking really sad already. I want to plant it along the fence line but I’m scared of seeing another nope rope so it’s slowly dying while I work up the courage. The last batch bounced back pretty fast after dying multiple times, so hopefully it’ll work. If not, I might be able to take them back to Lowe’s. Not sure about that.
Anyways the following week was even lazier. Was it purely that woman’s reason? Probably I was just too lazy to care much. I managed some meals – spaghetti one night, homemade pizza with leftovers another night, a great breakfast burrito scramble. M worked from home one of the days so I got little done that day for “fear” of disturbing him. Really I was glad of the excuse to do nothing.
Things I could improve:
I failed to schedule anything at all for days 22-26. Perhaps that’s why I didn’t feel any sort of purpose. Having a schedule at least makes me feel a tad bit less lazy.
Perhaps my chore-of-the-days are on the wrong days.
Goals for the final 4 days:
- Weed whack all the back yard and transplant dead allysum.
- Buy more mulch from Lowe’s (currently $2.50/bag instead of $3.33) and spread it
- Fold and put away last week’s laundry, put away this week’s laundry right away
- Shut off computer at least 2 hours every day
- Get photos off new camera
- Plan a “low tech” week for April 22-27th
- Research recipes to do a keto month for May (M’s request)