As you probably already have guessed, I am a list~maker and leave very little to memory. In fact, the only thing I really leave to memory is where I put my lists! I've found that lists are an invaluable tool for staying focused. My memory is on overload most of the time so I especially love the idea of a Master List of Potential Accomplishments and have long used this tactic to unburden myself mentally.
I firmly believe there is a kind of a natural magic in list~making. The very act of writing out your potential accomplishments sends a message to your central nervous system and consequently you find yourself doing the very things you want to get done!
- This month my primary focus is on home and, specifically, de-cluttering and deep clean our oft neglected master bedroom. My micro-goals for achieving this are layered and consist of a series of tasks such as bringing the extra television downstairs to replace the old one in the nook...moving the sewing machine to the spare room (I hope to set up a separate area in there, once it's been thoroughly de-cluttered and reorganized)...painting the vanity...finding another place for the extra vintage suitcases stacked atop one of the armoires...as well as a thorough vacuuming via the wet-dry vac...then spot cleaning...of the carpet...using the handy, multi-purpose mixture of Dawn dish soap, Hydrogen Peroxide and water
- Walk a mile at least once a week...on purpose
- Exfoliate my skin at least once a week
- While I'm thinking about exfoliating...I need to descale the glass shower doors in master bath using a citric acid solution
- Continue going through and organizing all my old Frugal Times: Making-Do With Dignity and Frugal Luxuries newsletters along with my collection of vintage ephemera... eventually scan and share them via blogs
- Post on Frugal Luxuries blog at least once per week...try to write ahead and set to automatic post if inspiration strikes
- Go over Christmas List and budget...prioritize purchases...begin shopping
- Make a final list of holiday gifts I will be making myself and then write out a time line/step-outs for creating them
- Turn over and feed soil in planters (if necessary, spray again for mites)
- Make list of what herbs and greens I want to plant (and decide where to plant them) plant the seeds or buy transplants from local nursery
- Do research on pavers and the like for our back patios as the concrete has tilted to crazy angles due to the ground settling in an odd way...find prices and compare...make a final decision
- Keep a look-out for small, shallow garden shed to use as a potting shed (within our budget) this will help free up space in the garage for Mike (we will be able to keep shovels/rakes and other garden tools in the shed) and at the same time offer storage for all those necessary odds-and-ends that are making it look so cluttered
- Continue to work on implementing my 'Daily 100' (this is where I do minimal of 100 crunches/sit-ups and/or isometrics focused on the abs and lower back muscle groups). Don't be too impressed yet...I'm only on my fourth day so far!
- Finish mending the slipcover for the sofa in the kitchen
- Paint the inside of two armoires in the living room...then reorganize them to be more efficient when putting all their contents back into place
- Repair, paint and reorganize glass cupboard in kitchen (thin out excess via Craigslist and/or donations)
- Find light fixture for kitchen (above island) have it available for the electrician to install when Mike has him in to look at other items
- Fix broken glides and order handles for the kitchen drawers (decide if I want them for the cabinets as well)
- Sand and then repair the small area next to sink in kitchen.
- Do full inventory and organization of large pantry cupboard in kitchen
- Order extra filters for the water filter
- Make jelly for the pantry using seasonal fruits from the farm stands
- Spend an hour each day (Monday through Friday) working on de-cluttering the spare room
- Continue helping Rosie sell extra clothing and the like on eBay
- Spend one afternoon or morning shopping my closet for cooler weather outfits
- Clean out one large cupboard in garage
- Go through Christmas/Holiday decorations and thin out...sell on Craigslist and/or donate
- Make our seasonal (Autumn) menu list to choose from for the next few months (begin by planning to use items in our freezer and pantry)...remember to keep in mind Mike's lunches as well
- Begin thinning out my massive book collection...so hard to do but a must as they are taking over our house :)
- Listen to the audio version of those history books I've been wanting to read...also...catch up on my movies...do this while working on the de-cluttering (and other) projects. Note: I play the movies on my computer or iPad and then carry it around with me as I work around the house
- Put out autumn decorations
- Begin re-reading J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings...I soak up the wisdom buried in this book and try to re-read it every few years, however, because it's so very long, I find it works best to read it in increments (I like to call them "bites"). If time permits...I'll read one chapter each morning during my quiet time and another each evening before going to sleep. I often implement this strategy when reading larger/longer books as doing so gives me something to look forward to...I find myself thinking about the story and the characters throughout the day...a true frugal luxury!
As October is the month I'm focusing on home I thought it was appropriate to scan and share this form from one of our old newsletters in the 1990's...it was also a part of our manuscript for my book Frugal Luxuries by the Seasons. Please feel free to enlarge and print it out it if you'd like to try it for your own personal use.