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Old 10-22-2013, 04:59 AM   #76
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Done! The area under the kitchen sink looks good. How did you do, silverbirch?
Well done! I had to swap Monday with Tuesday so I'll be doing the cupboards this morning. I'll report back and may have it done before you get up. DONE and cleaned the loo for good measure! Thanks for your encouragement, Joy!

When I saw you were doing the tomatoes next I thought that I could just copy (and alter to fit) what you do and save on thinking (my brain space is severely limited at the moment). I though you wouldn't mind and I would cut back the lavender (rather too late but a light cut is better than nothing).

Then I realised again that we're going to France on Friday. A plasterer will be replastering the sitting room whilst we're away so everything has to be put somewhere else. And this is a very small house. So I shan't follow your example just yet!

As I was doing my exercises just now I thought "Eating food does not calm me. Clean, clear space does calm me. That is where my focus should be."

As always, when we come back from France, I'll say that we should throw away lots of stuff. We don't have much but there's always room for improvement.
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Old 10-23-2013, 12:44 AM   #77
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I got my tomatoes cut back, with a photo to prove it.

DH seems to be inspired by my work. He cleared some books from a shelf with the idea that some cookbooks, currently housed in a box, could go on that shelf. So, I'll do the follow-up tomorrow and get those books shelved.

silverbirch: I hope all goes well with your prep work for plasterer and that you have a lovely trip to France!

October daily household task log:
15: reorganize mud room
16: straighten up before cleaning crew
17: plastic container back to MiL's
18: cleared In Box and Tickler
19: start setting up structure for organizing tasks
20: finished setting up structure for organizing tasks
21: clean up & reorganize under the kitchen sink
22: clear tomato plants
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Old 10-23-2013, 02:08 PM   #78
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I'm making progress forward with all my "external" renovation projects. Today I have the day/night to myself as DH went over to our other house. I am going to make some progress in my office, defrost/reorganize chest freezer, perhaps do some baking....I have many options.

gardenerjoy, I love your picture with your tomatoes! Thanks for sharing with us! I enjoy reading your daily log. It is just so amazing how all the small projects add up when we work on something every day. It has certainly been the key to my progress.
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Old 10-24-2013, 12:15 AM   #79
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I did today's chore. Tomorrow, I'm going back to a project. I cleared my In Box and Tickler on the 18th -- to 26 piles on the floor in my office. And they're still there! Tomorrow, I'll clear at least 6 of them.

October daily household task log:
15: reorganize mud room
16: straighten up before cleaning crew
17: plastic container back to MiL's
18: cleared In Box and Tickler
19: start setting up structure for organizing tasks
20: finished setting up structure for organizing tasks
21: clean up & reorganize under the kitchen sink
22: clear tomato plants
23: move cookbooks from box to shelves
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Old 10-24-2013, 11:00 PM   #80
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Well, I only cleared off one stack of the six that I intended. But it was a difficult stack with lots of tasks implied and I did them. So, I'm actually pretty happy with that as progress.

I've got another busy day tomorrow, but surely I can manage two stacks -- so that's my goal.

October daily household task log:
15: reorganize mud room
16: straighten up before cleaning crew
17: plastic container back to MiL's
18: cleared In Box and Tickler
19: start setting up structure for organizing tasks
20: finished setting up structure for organizing tasks
21: clean up & reorganize under the kitchen sink
22: clear tomato plants
23: move cookbooks from box to shelves
24: cleared one stack
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Old 10-25-2013, 11:07 AM   #81
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Yay gardenerjoy!
I'm noticing that I'm noticing now that you've started posting a daily list. Thx! What great progress you are making.

I'm noticing the small things I have left undone.
Wed-cleaned out freezer and pulled out unprocessed chokecherries.
Thurs-processed the above mentioned
Fri-strained as much juice as I could before leaving for work and cleaned up the mess.

We got to look at a rental of moms for the first time on Wednesday. Sadly, it has been destroyed by cats. We're pulling the carpet today. It just makes me notice my own habits a bit more and encourages me to be more mindful. I am grateful for the home I am creating on a daily basis.

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Old 10-25-2013, 10:37 PM   #82
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I did the two relatively easy and short tasks, but I fully completed the chores they represented, so I'm happy with that.

Saturday is a good day for organizing. I'd like to clear all the stacks in the office and the mail which is piling up downstairs while my office isn't in a state to take it in.

October daily household task log:
15: reorganize mud room
16: straighten up before cleaning crew
17: plastic container back to MiL's
18: cleared In Box and Tickler
19: start setting up structure for organizing tasks
20: finished setting up structure for organizing tasks
21: clean up & reorganize under the kitchen sink
22: clear tomato plants
23: move cookbooks from box to shelves
24: cleared one stack
25: cleared two stacks
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Old 10-26-2013, 07:59 PM   #83
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I keep setting my goals higher than I'm able to meet. Mildly frustrated but not a problem if I choose not to make it one. So, today, I cleared 6 stacks. Tomorrow, I hope to finish them all and clear the mail that's piling up in the kitchen.

October daily household task log:
15: reorganize mud room
16: straighten up before cleaning crew
17: plastic container back to MiL's
18: cleared In Box and Tickler
19: start setting up structure for organizing tasks
20: finished setting up structure for organizing tasks
21: clean up & reorganize under the kitchen sink
22: clear tomato plants
23: move cookbooks from box to shelves
24: cleared one stack
25: cleared two stacks
26: cleared six stacks
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Old 10-28-2013, 12:36 AM   #84
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Cleared seven more stacks and I'm seeing light at the end of the tunnel. Tomorrow should be a good day for this sort of work so aiming (as I have the last three days!) to clear all the stacks and the mail that's been piling up.

October daily household task log:
15: reorganize mud room
16: straighten up before cleaning crew
17: plastic container back to MiL's
18: cleared In Box and Tickler
19: start setting up structure for organizing tasks
20: finished setting up structure for organizing tasks
21: clean up & reorganize under the kitchen sink
22: clear tomato plants
23: move cookbooks from box to shelves
24: cleared one stack
25: cleared two stacks
26: cleared six stacks
27: cleared seven stacks
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Old 10-28-2013, 11:41 PM   #85
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My stacks are cleared. Woohoo! That feels good. I have a ridiculous day tomorrow, but I'm also feeling ridiculous that it's been over a week since I've processed the mail. So, I'll make that my goal for tomorrow.

October daily household task log:
15: reorganize mud room
16: straighten up before cleaning crew
17: plastic container back to MiL's
18: cleared In Box and Tickler
19: start setting up structure for organizing tasks
20: finished setting up structure for organizing tasks
21: clean up & reorganize under the kitchen sink
22: clear tomato plants
23: move cookbooks from box to shelves
24: cleared one stack
25: cleared two stacks
26: cleared six stacks
27: cleared seven stacks
28: cleared rest of stacks
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Old 10-29-2013, 11:44 PM   #86
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Well, I processed the mail to some degree, but the bits that need action are now in my In Box. The Cleaning Crew comes tomorrow, so I'll have to get ready for them, but I really want to clear my In Box again -- so two tasks for tomorrow. It's a day that can handle that.

October daily household task log:
15: reorganize mud room
16: straighten up before cleaning crew
17: plastic container back to MiL's
18: cleared In Box and Tickler
19: start setting up structure for organizing tasks
20: finished setting up structure for organizing tasks
21: clean up & reorganize under the kitchen sink
22: clear tomato plants
23: move cookbooks from box to shelves
24: cleared one stack
25: cleared two stacks
26: cleared six stacks
27: cleared seven stacks
28: cleared rest of stacks
29: cleared mail from kitchen
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Old 10-31-2013, 12:59 AM   #87
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I completed both of my tasks, clearing the In Box and prepping for the cleaning crew. The owner of the cleaning business chatted with my husband and said we're one of the favorite customers because we straighten up before they come and because we're nice. He asked a little more and apparently "nice" is about not looking down on the people who clean our house. Which we don't -- a job best left to the professionals in our case because we really suck at it.

I need a goal for tomorrow that already has a pretty long to do list. My main focus tomorrow is my writing which I've been ignoring for a month, so I'm going to go through all my writing stuff and get it organized. That will be a good way to get re-oriented.

October daily household task log:
15: reorganize mud room
16: straighten up before cleaning crew
17: plastic container back to MiL's
18: cleared In Box and Tickler
19: start setting up structure for organizing tasks
20: finished setting up structure for organizing tasks
21: clean up & reorganize under the kitchen sink
22: clear tomato plants
23: move cookbooks from box to shelves
24: cleared one stack
25: cleared two stacks
26: cleared six stacks
27: cleared seven stacks
28: cleared rest of stacks
29: cleared mail from kitchen
30: prepped for cleaning crew, emptied In Box
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I continue to love looking at your list, gardenerjoy! It's such a great reminder of just how much the accomplishments add up when we make a commitment to do a small task every day. It's been the basis of my continued success.

I've had very little internet time lately but I continue to keep caught up at home, which takes a little more effort right now, since I'm constantly overwhelmed with the rental projects I have going on. I caught a cold so I'm staying in today. My strategy is to do a little bit...lie down...do a little bit...lie down. That way I'll get caught up with just a little effort.

gardenerjoy, your office tasks spurred me on this morning. It took about 1/2 hour but I unsubscribed from dozens of emails I'm getting that just aren't pertinent right now. credit. Funny, I got an email from one of them telling me I unsubscribed. Delete. lol
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Old 11-01-2013, 09:38 AM   #89
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I got a good start on my project for organizing the writing in advance of a new push on that this month. But there's more to do on that today!

October daily household task log:
15: reorganize mud room
16: straighten up before cleaning crew
17: plastic container back to MiL's
18: cleared In Box and Tickler
19: start setting up structure for organizing tasks
20: finished setting up structure for organizing tasks
21: clean up & reorganize under the kitchen sink
22: clear tomato plants
23: move cookbooks from box to shelves
24: cleared one stack
25: cleared two stacks
26: cleared six stacks
27: cleared seven stacks
28: cleared rest of stacks
29: cleared mail from kitchen
30: prepped for cleaning crew, emptied In Box
31: started organizing the writing stuff
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Old 11-02-2013, 12:03 AM   #90
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I made good progress organizing the writing stuff today. Just a little more to feel done with that tomorrow. Then, I want to use this new-found understanding of the "stuff" to set some goals for this month and the rest of the year.

November organizing tasks log:
1. Organize writing stuff
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