|The clutter was driving me nuts!|
The first few months of my SAHM life was completely chaotic. I’m a creature of habit and routine. Since I quit my job, I had no routine. I also had no reason to get up at 04:00 am to work out, and nowhere I had to be. It was almost as if I had lost my life’s purpose.
It was very difficult to find motivation. I had a sick dog that I was caring for 24/7, and then she died. The ensuing depression completely destroyed any motivation I had left. On top of that, we had taken a huge pay cut when I quit my job and living on my husband’s income was proving very difficult. Going from the provider to the housekeeper was much more difficult than I had anticipated. In an effort to make myself feel better, I used my tax return to purchase several textbooks and other learning materials. I don’t know why, but reading medical biochemistry makes me feel better.
|My newly organized closet!|
Shortly thereafter, I learned that I could make a little extra money as a freelance writer. I found Hubpages and Knoji, signed up for accounts and started writing. After publishing a few articles, I started to feel that sense of accomplishment again. The money was trickling in, but I had a purpose again, so it didn’t really matter.
With a renewed sense of purpose, I fell into a routine, albeit a chaotic one. I got all my chores done every day leaving me as much time as possible to write. I found I thoroughly enjoyed writing, and it started to become an addiction. I made it a priority to write every day; it became my new job.
|Now, I feel like writing.|
|I have counter space now!!|
I found a three ring notebook and set to work. After about a week, my home management notebook (HMN) was fully functional. I’ve done inventory of both my freezer and my pantry, made a weekly chore list for the entire family, created a blog business plan, and I was even inspired to start a homeschooling notebook for my daughter (coming soon).I’m finally organized. I’m working out again, five times a week. I started a completely new routine including changing my sleep schedule from monophasic to biphasic all of which was easily scheduled in my HMN. I have blog plans for two weeks, and I’ve almost planned a whole month of meals. I have time to write, time to homeschool, time to clean and most importantly, family time. It’s amazing what a little organization can do! Suddently, being an SAHM isn't so difficult!
|Oh it looks so nice, I just wanna cook on it!!|