lists….or feelings? which do you go by when you want to get something done at home?
I have friends and family members who adore lists and live by them daily. Our email exchanges and phone conversations include what they want to get done that day, evening or weekend.
Inevitably they ask me what I will be accomplishing during that time and I will respond with “nothing” – or list what I will be doing – such as taking a bath or reading. Not sure why yet but the idea of having a list in front of me has such weighted expectations that I can’t bear the idea of creating one for an evening.
“Ahhhh”, my friend Nicole said, “I get it. You like to let your environment speak to you to show you what could get done.” You could say that. When I have some free time at home, I like to sit down on the couch, peruse the living/dining/kitchen area (all open plan) and see what things jump out at me as “ugh” items… (like when you open a drawer and go “UGH – this drawer is a mess!”). Then I’ll tackle those.
I should add that I am a creator of lists for things such as: a packing list, a gym bag contents list, a grocery list, an errand list. What I don’t write up are lists that say Sweep kitchen floor // Dust // Vacuum stairs // Declutter front closet // Find 27 things to declutter (although I am a fan of flylady and her routines).
How do you decide what to work on next at home?
While you think about it, I’m going to insert some of my favorite organization photos here……