I like setting goals. I really do. I like to-do lists and checking things off and organization and children who sleep. I want to live in a clean and organized house and be rested enough to rise to the challenges my children give me in the form of homework, potty training, learning ABC’s, hitting, tattling and all kinds of other things. But for some reason I just remain in the same place, stuck, not knowing where to start or how to change the (not a routine) routine I have come to be in. I want my children to be organized and how can I expect them to be organized when I am a fleeting mess just trying to get by?
Here are things I KNOW will help me:
1. Take my bath at night before bed. This solves lots of problems in one fell swoop. Me time? check. Read a book while I soak? check. Actually use my various night creams and insure that I brush my teeth? check. And I’m clean for the morning rush and usually my long curly hair is easier to deal with after it’s dried all night.
2. Force my children to go to bed at the same time every night. No. Matter. What. This was so much easier to accomplish when it was just Bryson. It it was easier when there were no homework requirements. But, I must do this again with all three children because they NEED it. And so do I.
3. Throw a bunch of shit away. I MUST unclutter my home. It would run so much more smoothly if I didn’t have all these distractions.
Those are the big three. I also need to do a better job of making sure I get my exercise in, my water consumption up, meal planning done and the all important, yet elusive to most Moms – “Me Time”. When I say Me Time, I’m lumping it all in – time with my husband, with each of the children alone, time with my girlfriends and then just time for things I enjoy myself – like reading and sewing.
I know it’s not possible to do it all, all the time, or even some of the time. But for the sake of my sanity, I have to work on the above three things. Hard. Everyday.