Saturday morning

Well, it’s my first Saturday morning of my return to work.  It already feels like I’m living for the weekend again.

However, I’ve put a plan in place that I hope will make life easier for me, and create more ‘free’ time in my working-for-a-living life.

I love plans.  I love coming up with ideas to bring some kind of small change into my life.  Sometimes they’re big plans, like the ‘no shopping for a year’ plan, or wacky like the ‘eating no dessert for a year’ plan.

The first was very successful, the second — not so much.  Seems like I can avoid buying things, but not eating things.  What does that say about me?  Hmmm….

Anyway, what I’ve decided to do heading back into this work year is schedule everything.  This follows beautifully with my penchant  for making lists.  (I have them laying all over the house.  None is ever completely crossed off, and I’m forever picking them up and creating new lists out of all the things I didn’t get done on the others.)  Never mind that, though.

My new plan is a schedule of housekeeping chores — all the stuff I hate doing and continually put off until it’s a great big disaster and I’m stuck spending an entire weekend trying to get it all done.  This generally makes me really cranky.  So, to avoid having to use up my valuable weekend time doing stuff I don’t want to do I have doled it out during the week and now have set days on which I will dust, wash floors, do laundry, scrub toilets, etc., etc.

Now, I’m sure there are many out there who are going, Duh?!  Who doesn’t do that?  And why did it take this woman over 30 years to figure this out?  Let me just say, in my own defense, that sometimes, the obvious answer is a little over my head.  It’s like those jokes everybody else gets — I laugh along politely, in confusion, wondering what the hell is so funny.

I started my new plan this week, and so far it’s working beautifully.  Here I am with time to sit and blog on a Saturday morning!  Just like McDonald’s, I’m lovin’ it!  I feel no stress heading into my busy weekend.  I’m going for a much-needed haircut this afternoon, need to stop and pick up a few groceries for the barbecue I have planned for tomorrow and this evening we’re going out to Yuk Yuk’s with my brother and his wife.  And I feel entirely relaxed.  It’s wonderful.

Of course, I only worked one day this past week — yesterday.  We’ll see how my beautiful little plan holds up once I’m fully back in to the fray.





  1. souldipper said,

    August 27, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    Kathy, here’s the plan that helped me make sure I had free time on week ends: When working full time, hire a cleaning lady.

    It will not reduce the super woman status. It turns it into super smart woman! 😀

    • klrs09 said,

      August 28, 2011 at 8:12 pm

      It’s great advice Amy — and for quite a few years I did have a housekeeper, but she retired and we have not been able to find anyone we’re comfortable with — she left some big shoes to fill. One of these days . . .

  2. Jill said,

    August 27, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    This made me laugh, Kathy. I too am a list person and have tried the cleaning list as well. (In fact, it’s still on my fridge.) It has been revised several times. First, days of the week linked to a chore, and then to a day 1 through 7 schedule, (Incase I missed a day of the week, I could simply go to the next day on the list) then 1 through 10 because 7 days really wasn’t enough to divide my cleaning into manageable bits. Has all of this planning to clean made my house cleaner? Sadly, no. 🙂

    • klrs09 said,

      August 28, 2011 at 8:16 pm

      That sounds like a very complex system, Jill! We’ll see what happens this week — hope I can stay focused on my goal. All I know is that I really enjoyed my weekend without the stress of having to clean house on top of everything else.

  3. siggiofmaine said,

    August 27, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    I never was able to afford a cleaning lady, but souldipper is right…it is a smart thing to do as long as you don’t clean before she gets to the house ! I was lucky that my second husband took over the housekeeping chores since he had a normal 8-4 job and I had first a salaried job with long hours, and then a job with a long drive.

    But there were still things that I had to remember to do. So I adapted my plan from marriage number one and assigned tasks…including watering the plants…my plants had to survive on a Monday/Thursday watering schedule.or they became mulch, sorry to say.

    Now divorced from hubby #2, it is still the same schedule for him. After 30 years, one who knows him knows his schedule…that I won’t bore you with, but it works. An off week ? Just start the following week, and things will be in order.

    You can imagine, I also did it for work…a bit OCD, I guess ☺. But a flexible OCD ☺.

    Good luck and happiness with your new job.

    ☮ ♥ Siggi in Downeast Maine

    • klrs09 said,

      August 28, 2011 at 8:29 pm

      Thanks, Siggi. I plan on taking it one day at a time, and when things don’t go as planned, I’ll adjust my plan. Did that make sense? LOL

  4. August 28, 2011 at 7:39 am

    This sounds like a wonderful idea, this scheduling 🙂 Might give it a go myself!

  5. klrs09 said,

    August 28, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    Do — and maybe we could cheer each other on if we find ourselves sliding.

  6. Tilly Bud said,

    August 30, 2011 at 4:31 am

    Only clean the bits you can see; it’s amazing how much that helps 🙂

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