No Procrastinating Monday – Week 2

Last week was such a success that I feel a desire to do the challenge again already. I wonder how much harder it’ll be this time around. Last week much of it was easy. The tasks I had been putting off for some time were small quick tasks. Now my tasks will take a lot longer to accomplish.

For today’s list: smog the car, pay the registration fee, box up and mail out the ebay packages, shop for dinner (pizza), start seeds, schedule large item pickup, and probably work on the curtains dress. I should also figure out why ebay borked on me last week and if I can still list other video games besides the pc ones.

The petite fours from last week have been removed from the to-do list (my friend wants to make them instead). A lot of the deep cleaning things will probably be put off again for awhile. I’ll have to keep them in mind though if I’m doing a full week of no procrastination. If the weather is sunny, I’ll probably get to them.

Later…

Car passed smog but I ran into a snaffu with my ebay packages. I still haven’t calculated shipping costs correctly and it’s going to be a fair chunk of money to ship my lastest packages. That and hunger completely derailed my motivation and I came home to sulk/eat food. I have already caught myself procrastinating several times and hope to overcome it soon. Maybe I should just stream games?

No Procrastinating Days 4 &5

Now obviously I didn’t post the days after these days but I still was pretty proud of myself. On Thursday I got quite a bit accomplished in regards to all my sewing. I don’t remember entirely what I did all day, but I remember feeling very satisfied that hadn’t procrastinated much.

Friday was a different story. I started out the day streaming a game (so I wasn’t “procrastinating”) but it didn’t go great. Then in the afternoon I tried shutting off the computer to do all my chores but I kept putting it off and putting it off. I was honest with myself and knew I was procrastinating, but just couldn’t make myself do things. Eventually I was able to do some of the cleaning up chores needed for Saturday (such as the bathrooms) but I still felt like I failed.

Saturday morning – while not part of the challenge this week – was remarkably successful. I made two roasts and a cake, finished cleaning the bathrooms and common areas, and set up games for guests. Got several compliments on the cleanliness of the house and on my food. The best compliment I got though was putting several people into a food coma. WIN!

Overall a week of No Procrastinating was a wonderful productive challenge and I feel much less stressed in general.

No Procrastinating Day 3 – To-do vs. Procrastinating

So, part of not procrastinating is updating to the new wordpress…it looks different and weird. It’s especially weird since I wrote the previous post only 10 minutes ago on old wordpress and now am writing on new wordpress. Moving on.

There is a very subtle difference between not procrastinating and being productive. Being productive indicates I should always be doing something constructive – like working on the blog – an shouldn’t “waste time” playing Pocket Frogs or computer games. Not procrastinating on the other hand, means not putting off things I need to do for long periods of time. It’s okay to play computer games if I’m being intentional about doing so. It’s okay to relax, so long as I’m not putting off fast things to do. But at what point does relaxing stop being intentional and start being procrastination? That is the fine line I’m trying to define. Anyways, here is a massive list of things I need to do with an (F) if I’m frustrated with it.

 

  • Update everything on WordPress
  • Figure out how to stop or lessen spam comments on WP (PF)
  • Finish curtains dress
  • self draft pattern for curtains dress top (F)
  • create bonnet (F)
  • list old camera on ebay
  • review wp themes and make this a more legit blog
  • fix stove burner
  • fix sink drain in bathroom (FFFFFFFFF)
  • get shower glass sparkly (FFF)
  • clean bathrooms
  • add twitch weekly schedule block
  • make practice petit fours
  • organize/put away fabric sewing stuff
  • order boxes for selling stuff
  • TAKE CAR IN FOR SMOG!!!!
  • fold laundry
  • weed yard
  • water flowers
  • schedule large item pick up
  • clean pantry door and shelves
  • clean microwave
  • clean sides of oven
  • clean sides of fridge
  • mop floors
  • vacuum stairs
  • start seeds
  • buy extra xmas quilt fabric
  • put on bed skirt
  • change sheets

No Procrastination Day 2

Yesterday (day 2) of no procrastinating didn’t go quite as well as intended. For one, I was a bit stymied by M working from home. In many ways I felt I couldn’t wander the house talking to myself ’cause it would be distracting for him. So I hid in my room a lot. Getting stuff done in there also didn’t work well as I was tired all day long. Took a nap in the mid afternoon. After the nap I finally worked on listing more stuff on Ebay…only to be told there are also “category limits” that I had exceeded. Couldn’t find anything stating what those limits were, only that I had met them and would have to wait up to 30days before I could list anymore things. This frustrated me so I cleaned the kitchen (why am I the only one that empties the dish drain in this house?) and served up dinner. At least I got laundry done, some ebay stuff listed, some streaming in the evening. I also finally emptied my old camera and took pictures of it to list on ebay (which won’t count toward the category limits). Successful enough, but not a great day.

No Procrastination Challenge?

Saw a video of a guy who went 7 days without procrastinating (or so he said). I thought the concept was fascinating but more for 5 days not 7. So here goes. (Probably not getting through this, just a place to put thoughts.)

I was thinking about this concept before bed last night and also this morning as I woke up, which is a good sign that I might be able to do this sort of challenge. No procrastinating feels different than being productive or not using electronics. With being productive or not using electronics, I never feel like I can just sit and relax or chill. But no procrastinating means not putting things off for later but also allowing myself time to relax. Maybe that’s why it feels different.

The morning has been very successful thus far. I packed up the goodwill donations and ebay mailings while M got ready for work. He had to take his car in today and I drove him from the shop to work. Sent off my ebay packages and then walked around old town collecting pokestops. Probably walked at least a mile so that was good. It didn’t burn enough time for the goodwill shop to open though so I just came back home. I have to go out again several times this week so I can do that errand then. At least now it’s in the trunk waiting for a good opportunity instead of me tripping over it constantly. I then cleaned out my blog spam messages which have piled up. Hopefully I can find a way to prevent it from coming in.

I’m torn on how well my new online presences is working. Ebay and twitch streaming are both going well and there is future potential for long term earnings in both of them – but then I’ll be at the computer a lot which I think is bad for me. Still, the twitch streaming lets me play games and not feel as guilty about it.

Things I should stop procrastinating on (for me):

  • acquire and replace hvac filters
  • finish bonnet
  • finish curtains dress
  • pin quilt halves together and see if I can begin sewing
  • sell old camera
  • backup computer files
  • list more ebay stuff
  • clean bathrooms
  • look at/fix stove burner
  • smog car
  • put washer fluid in car
  • start seeds

It’s quite a bit of stuff that takes awhile but there it is. I think I’ll go do stuff now.

Whew! I’ve been very productive. I did the car washer fluid. I made a bedskirt that I’ve been planning for a couple of years now – just have to put it on the bed. I laid out my quilt and found out I need more christmas material (plus I took measurements so I’ll know how much more I have to buy). I repaired my pajama pants and a hole in my favorite dress (which I avoided doing all last year). I still have another small repair job on my dress that has to be done by hand. I washed the pantry door and all the dishes. Food is on the stove. I think I’ll take the rest of the evening off and maybe stream some games later.

The worst month I’ve had in years….

January has been one of the toughest months I’ve had in years. I’ve been learning how to use ebay and the learning curve is just tremendous. Every day for weeks I felt like a complete and total idiot, like I was one of the dumbest people on the planet and how could my husband like me? (He was very reassuring during this whole process and every evening would remind me I am smart – not that I always believed it.) The whole thing had me crying off and on, stressing about finances, etc etc. I am pleased to say that I am now over the worst part of the learning curve. There’s still plenty to learn and methods to tweak and refine, but the hardest part is over. Best of all, I started selling some items! We’ll see how February goes, if this is a long term prospect or just removing my current inventory.

I intended to do a daily/weekly trash audit towards my zero-wast (low waste) goals this year. Unfortunately that didn’t go much beyond the first week. I definitely produce a lot of paper trash. I tried putting  a lot of it in compost, but I think I need a better compost system. I thought about getting this one on Amazon and probably will – as soon as I’m not lazy. One interesting thing I hadn’t thought about for lowering my waste is my chapstick. Really it’s a small container and I almost always use up the whole thing, but it’s something to think about converting to lower waste later on. I’ve seen some online diys for chapstick to refill these containers, maybe some day I’ll try that. I also did research into shampoo bars instead of the containers. I found one at Ulta for when I want to try it but I’m a bit nervous about using one. My current shampoo does wonders for my hair. I have decided that I’ll switch to bar soap once my current body wash runs out – which will be in a year or so (why’d I get such a large bottle?). There are plenty of other changes I need to make or work on transitioning, but the whole ebay thing derailed me this month. Hopefully the next month.

Added to the fiascos of this month and many of my failures, we got a new roommate. The first several days have been ultra bumpy as we get used to each other. It doesn’t help that I’ve had a serious case of the grumps the last four days.I’ve tried to be patient and quiet during the adjustment period and am hoping things calm down a bit/go to normal soon.

I have been working on a new friendship all month. L and I had a good time sewing up new pajama pants (her first time sewing in a decade) with plenty of fun missteps. It reminded me of all the sewing projects I want to get done around the house. Maybe in February I can sew more.

Except in February I have to go back to substitute teaching. I hate being a sub but it is extra money. My bank account went a little low this month, what with after the holidays and all the new ebay start up costs and food. If I work full time in February, March, and April (my full time 10 days) I’ll have enough saved to probably get me through until November before needing to resume. I just have to take the plunge and start scheduling myself jobs again. With having to work in February and work on the ebay stuff, I’m worried I won’t get to the low-waste ideas or more sewing. We’ll see I guess.

Anyway, that’s my update.Oh also I need to plan my garden which I’ve been neglectful of the past year or so. Time to start seeds. I’d like to unabandon this blog but I’m not really sure which direction it’s going to go yet. Have a good day!

 

PS. Oh a success! For ten years I’ve been reading the same four comics every morning but they’ve stopped being funny and I’ve grown irritated with them. Well I finally decided to stop reading them and have been successful for most of the month. I’m feeling happier each morning without that routine in my life. Hooray!

Looky a new post for spammers!

Yep, I’ve been gone quite awhile. Life and laziness got in the way. That and the only traffic I was getting was spammers. Today I successfully deleted 89 spam comments. Hooray.

I would like to blog more. I’d like to be serious about this again. I was for awhile there. Then I failed. It’s a setback. I shouldn’t think of it as failure. I should think of it as having other priorities. Well time to make it a priority again……..starting in January.

I’ve been considering my new year’s resolutions and am structuring some goals for the new year. As usual, I don’t want to be as lazy, I’d like to be more motivated. I’ve come up with a few ideas.

The Low-Waste Year

I’ve been reading a lot the past several months about the zero-waste lifestyle. I don’t think zero waste is for me but I’d love to do a low waste and reduce the consumption further in this house. The first two weeks of January I’ll do a trash audit, see where we can reduce things. I may buy an actual tumble compost bin (I don’t turn the trash can I’m currently using for compost). I’ve gotten better about throwing food scraps into compost. I’m also trying to eat up the old pantry and freezer items. It’d be nice to not have or barely use the outdoor chest freezer. (Save some money?) There are some good habits I’ve already adopted for a lower-waste lifestyle. I use cloth pads. I use hankies instead of disposable tissues (wish I had bought actual pretty hankies though – I’m using small microfiber cloths which work well enough I shouldn’t buy others just because). I recycle most things. I’m better at composting food scraps.
I know I use more water than I’d like in the kitchen. As a Californian it is important to me that I don’t waste water – yet I also want to recycle soup cans and that requires rinsing them. Hmm.
I’ve managed to reduce the usage of paper towels in this house. It used to be we’d go through a roll a week or so, now they last two and a half weeks. I don’t think I’ll ever get the roommate (who I have drama with) on board but he barely cooks so doesn’t use many paper towels. My husband would be okay with hand towels a bit more if we didn’t have said roommate. I think a goal for this next year will be to make those cloth paper towel rolls and stop buying paper towels. The napkins we use are ones take out places automatically include or are my microfiber cloths. Sometimes we’ll split a small paper towel in two for the both of us. Again, I’d love to reduce our paper napkin use. Maybe I can get M in the habit of using the microfiber cloths? We have new green ones that could be “his” color.

Declutter/House Inventory

In addition to wanting to consume less, I also need to declutter. M helped his father clean out his shop and volunteered me to sell the remaining inventory on ebay – something I’ve never done before. I’m hoping to get those 20 boxes out of my house by end of February. It’s been several years since my Great Inventory Challenge and I want to do it again. Only problem is, a much larger house with about 10x as many items to put on the inventory list. I’ve been slowly decluttering extras as I can the last several years, but it need a concentrated effort. One thing I recently discovered is that of the 10+ t-shirts I own, I only bought or asked for two of them and only really love about 4 of them. I’d like to slowly replace the ones I don’t like with ones that feel more me.
Obviously I still can’t declutter most of M’s stuff and I also don’t know how to label a lot of it (like the wires and electronics) so that’ll make an inventory more challenging.
I’d also like to “declutter” some outstanding projects. For example – both sides of my holiday quilt have been sewn, now I just need to sew them together. I bought materials for a box coat (slouchy house coat) that needs to be sewn. I’d like to work on my paint by numbers. There’s an outdoor garden cage to build. The bathroom faucet still isn’t fixed. (Arg!) It’d be nice to get my to-do list much smaller or at least add new stuff to it. (Side note, I also haven’t worked on my bucket list in awhile.)

Less Computer Time

I’d also like to spend less time on the computer. It’d be great if I only went on the computer with intention (like now to make a blog post or to look up something specific) but too often I get stuck in a perpetual loop of useless refreshing. Check the recipe I’m making tonight → might as well check facebook → let’s look at youtube → refresh that ten times → check pinterest again → check facebook again → I should do something, oh but it’s lunch time so let’s just watch a bit of youtube while I eat → repeat process for two hours → wait, why was I on the computer? Oh yeah, that recipe for tonight. I really have a problem. Apparently my willpower is quite low when it comes to the computer.
So my solution? Well I’ve tried vintage weeks, I’ve tried not using it from certain hours on. I’ve tried doing one day a week without it on. What I really need to do is find the best thing for me on using it. That no computer ’til M gets home one rotating day a week really worked for me for awhile. I should put that back in rotation. Also maybe I could use my computer until say, 930am and then turn it off until M comes home? That’d be ideal and when I try a vintage week/month again that may be what I do. Gotta have my morning fix. But really using the computer has started to make me feel guilty about the time wasted. So I need to work on that this next year.

Roommates and Roommate Drama

I had two roommates. The one I liked just moved out a week ago. Now I have to go back to work until we get a new person in that room.
The other roommate. Well. Here’s the drama. It happened back in July. He is a generally loud, kind of obnoxious person who is a sore loser at board games. He has legit left playing board games in the middle of a game because he knew he was going to lose. He sulks for a few turns then leaves like it’s all our fault and the world is after him. It is a very annoying and frankly most of us (especially those that live with him) are over his attitude. Now I’m the craftiest of anyone in the house and I was putting together this pvc picture backdrop one day. I already knew it was too short and had extra pieces to make it taller sitting nearby. He remarked in a rude manner (like this was news to me) “You know there will be people taller than you at the wedding?” Of course I knew that! My husband was going to be there and he was taller than this frame. I wasn’t asking for any advice, just minding my own business and was stressing about other things. I think he had said some other things similarly in the days leading up to this. On this day I just replied that I knew and there were my extra pieces. He left me alone but I started fuming over his attitude, over his slovenliness, over his belittling nature. We had a board game weekend scheduled two days later with several people coming over. He had not been invited to participate – both because of his being a sore loser with most people over him, and we thought he had plans with his new girlfriend. After this I just knew he’d hover over our games for twenty minutes making nasty remarks. Like, if he hovered for a few minutes then asked if he could join us, that would have been fin, but don’t stand there hovering for thirty minutes expecting us to offer you a spot. I decided that if he hovered on game day, I’d likely lose it. And lose it I did.
Game day came, we sat down to play, he came over and started hovering offering his “witty” commentary. I could feel the blood rising in my head. I had worked out there was no good way to say get lost so for a few minutes I bit my tongue as the anger fumed. I realized that my stony angry silence was almost as bad as his presence and that one or the other had to go. Then he made a remark “If I were playing I’d definitely be losing,” or something like that. “Then why don’t you just leave?” I burst at him. He looked at me shocked, the group at the table stared awkwardly into their cards, he looked around for someone to defend him, hurmphed when no one would, and left the room. He stormed around for awhile then went to his girlfriend’s for the weekend, undoubtedly to tell her what a horrible person I am. As soon as I left I felt immense relief. Within a couple of minutes I was being a friendly hostess again, and the game day continued without a hitch.
I’m not sorry for what I said. I knew as I planned those words, as I was saying them, that any friendship we may have had would probably disappear. I even expected the silent treatment and was only too happy to return it for a month. But…..after a month of not talking I was over the whole incident. Yes, I had been rude beyond compare. Yes, we were no longer friends and shouldn’t gossip in the kitchen anymore. But I would do it again. His attitude had been too awful for too many months. I figured after a period of silent treatment we would get back to a tersley polite roommate relationship. “Please do the dishes”, a mutual good morning, “Happy Thanksgiving”, or an are you going to be gone for the holiday. Nothing. I would try the good morning and get silent treatment. I would try asking a question about the house and be glared at before he walked away. I wished him a happy thanksgiving only to be glared at. For the first month everyone who was at that table got the silent treatment from him (to their relief as well). Then he started to talk to them once in awhile again. Now he’ll talk to any of them as long as I’m not in the room. He’ll even talk to M again, the last person he started talking too, as long as I’m not in the room. If I’m in the room however, he won’t even answer basic direct questions.
I really get being mad at me (fully deserved) but a 5 month silent treatment is a bit much. I’m not asking for friendship just to be in my own kitchen without feeling like an interloper. Bah. I spent too much time on this subject.
Anyways, he’s gotten messier and messier (a reason the good roommate moved out). He seemed to stop caring about other humans (not just me) about the time he got that girlfriend. He’s broken up with her now though, so maybe I’ll stop getting the silent treatment? Oh well. Sorry for the drama.

Recap

So I want to do better this next year. Less waste, less computer, more productivity, more blog posts. More working. Good luck to me. For now, I think I’ll clean the house.

Hey, You Knew I’d Procrastinate on This Blog Too

Sorry for lack of posts. Honestly, I feel like a blogger failure. Oh well.

So I’ve been thrown for a bit of a loop and I got a bad mark as a housewife – I failed to truly listen to one of M’s goals. He has a goal of earning a set amount of money together – I’d need to earn about 1/3 of it. I had forgotten that was one of his goals. I heard the words but didn’t listen. Bad Aella. He mentioned it again the other day and I feel I finally listened. Clearly this housewife thing isn’t going as well for him as I thought. So I’m starting to slowly look for work again. It’s just a tad depressing. I’ve been processing it in my head the last few days. I need a structured job – as much as I want to work decluttering people’s homes, I can’t seem to go out and find clients. So back to looking for government work and how much it would cost to go back to school (a lot).

In other news, I’m preparing for a “low tech” August. The goal is to not use my computer until 6pm everyday in August. I find that I get more done with the computer off. As I wander around my house bored I enivitably clean little bits and pieces. I’m not quite sure if I want it to be a low-tech month or a House Pride month. I want to do a House Pride month for sure at some point. A lot of the blogs I read about vintage housewives wasn’t just they cleaned a lot but they took pride in how their home looked. I kind of want to do that. I’ve even made a list of tasks to try working through in my low-tech month. Also low-tech really just means no computer. I can still play on the 3ds and on my phone. I’d lose so quickly if I couldn’t have any technology. We’ll see how things go.

Do you have pride in your house? Would you be interested in such a challenge?

Housewife Challenge Recap & Future Outlook

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! Decluttering season is here!

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.