Is anyone else out there reading this, thinking of the 1,593 other things you *should* be doing at this very moment? Or maybe you have a nagging sense that you’ve forgotten something dreadfully important.
Yeah, me too.
Let me tell you a secret about myself: my house is dirty. I joke that I let it get this way in order to build up my kids’ immune systems (and my health-conscious biologist brother assures me that is indeed a valid thought), but honestly? It all just overwhelms me.
You might already know how much I love lists and my planner and checking things off, etcetera etcetera etcetera. And that’s true. But seriously–should I have to make the same detailed list each week? And where should I put it? If it’s not on my weekly planner spread (and no planner in the world is big enough for the list I need), I won’t see it and then it won’t happen and then my kids might just get buried beneath all the dirt.
Ok, not really. But close. Ish.
I’ve tried lots of tricks for keeping my list repeatable: for over a year I’ve written the letters S E F L G in my planner. It’s my code for Swish & Swipe (thank you, FlyLady), check Email, Facebook birthdays, one load of Laundry, and write a note of Gratitude. (Using all those caps makes me feel very Pooh-ish. Jfyi.)
And yet, I still have days where I miss things. Sometimes lots of things.
We use a photo frame in our kitchen for shopping lists, writing things down in dry erase marker and then either transferring the list to our phones via photo or actually jotting it down on paper on our way out the door. The system works for us. This frame is right above the water cooler so I am constantly in front of it. That’s when the thought struck me–print up my list and put it there. Duh.
And it works. I’ve actually been brushing the Little Butt’s teeth twice a day, both kiddos are getting their vitamins, and the laundry is usually caught up. (Don’t laugh or judge–my brain really is that cluttered these days.)
When I sat down to write up a weekly and monthly cleaning list, I wondered where I would keep such a list and how I would remember to look at it and keep track of where I was and–BOOM! The heavens opened and choirs of cleaning angels sang.
Here you go: the complete list. (And yes, I only scrub my tub and floors once a month…when I get to them. Priorities, my dear.)
I’m always excited to learn new tips in my attempt to keep it all together. So tell me: what are your tricks for staying on top of your daily to-do lists for life?