From the moment I wake up until well after the kids are in bed, I don’t stop moving. It’s always amazing to me how much needs to get done. I can’t figure out how I did it when I used to work and I am in complete awe of my friends who have full time jobs, kids, and still manage to get it all done. (SUPER WOMEN!)
By the time I go to bed at night (which sometimes is technically the wee hours of the next morning) I have finished MOST of what I wanted to accomplish for the day. But if you showed up at my house during my “working hours” you’d think a tornado had just blown through.
I basically work in a circle. I will start 15 projects before completing one.
For example: I start clearing the kitchen table, but to put the dishes away I need to empty the dishwasher, so I walk to the cabinet with the glasses, but find a bottle that needs to go to recycling, on the way to the recycling I find a sock on the floor, which I bring to the laundry room, where the wash needs to be switched, but the dryer is full so I start folding, but then I need to get the basket upstairs, so I run upstairs and notice the bed needs to be made, I make the bed and pick up the shirt on the floor to bring to the hamper in the bathroom to find that Curtis left his towel on the floor, so I fold that but notice the soap needs to be refilled, so I go to the closet which reminds me that the baby needs new diapers in his room where I see the empty picture frame that I wanted to fill so I go downstairs and pull out the new pictures and prepare to start loading them into the frames which are in the basement so I bring them upstairs but need the scissors to trim the pictures so I go into the office where my email is waiting, so I take a peek at that.
Let’s say you were to walk into my house at that moment. You’d find me sitting at the computer while the dishwasher was open, with both racks pulled out, dishes half washed in the sink, cabinet doors open, laundry room light on with the dryer door open and 3 items folded on top of the dryer with the rest sitting inside, the washer door open with wet clothes in it, then upstairs the open (not yet refilled) soap dispenser next to the folded (but not yet hung up) towel, the open linen closet door, Jack’s diapers in the package near (but not put away) the changing table, picture frames all over the floor with pictures on top of the glass, but not inside yet.
Needless to say, it makes my husband INSANE! These are actual pictures I took when I looked around my house the other day (which inspired this post).
(The dishwasher had been hanging open like that since before I started the picture project/laundry folding/vacuuming shown in the top picture. Not awesome.)
Of course I was actually fixing lunch at the time I noticed this situation. This was a day that Anthony was at my mom’s for the day and Jack was napping at the time. When they are home/awake, forget it! I barely get the chance to complete a trip to the bathroom never mind anything else!
I have no idea how to make myself be more efficient, it’s how I get everything done. Anyone else do this?!?