New Habits for April

new habits

I have been trying to find a focus for this blog, since I know it is really all over the place regarding topics.  Therefore, I am going to try to focus on one topic per month, as I overhaul my life and create Judy 3.0.  I have been listening to A LOT of life coaching podcast hours, and taking up the blog again is one way I am putting into practice the teachings that I am learning.  Being a “jump in and tackle everything at once” kind of person, I tend to get easily overwhelmed. The most recent example of this is these last couple of weeks, when I was inspired by Cait’s post about personal trackers.  I decided to ignore her advice (and that of everyone else), and added several new habits at once.  Most are not huge habits, but I added four or five instead of just one.  So now I am going to try to focus better instead of scattering my energy. Continue reading “New Habits for April”

Clearing off my desk again

cleaning off my desk again

I have had a rough couple of months and have not kept up here.  I am struggling to improve my parenting skills and my housekeeping skills both at the same time.  I know, it’s crazy.  I have been watching decluttering videos on Youtube for inspiration and it is helping.  Today I got my desk cleared.  Again.  This seems like a never ending battle as everything that either doesn’t have a home or has a home but no one feels like putting it there, gets plopped on my desk, making it my problem now.  And I admit, a lot of this stuff was put here with my own hands.  So today’s post is simply a list of all the stuff I found on my desk.  Now mind you, the computer keyboard is broken, so I have to use a USB keyboard, and the computer overheats fairly easily, so it sits up on a cookie rack to improve air flow beneath it.  But all this stuff was stifling it from the sides.  As you can see, it looks ready to fall off the side.  Ready? Continue reading “Clearing off my desk again”

My battle with clutter and hoarding

hoarding and clutter

I have a problem with clutter, with which I have struggled all of my life.  I cannot remember ever living in a house that was not cluttered.  For 15 years, I have been attempting to address it in fits and starts. I remember when I was about 10 or 11, my father complained that there was never a clean flat surface in the house.  I can only seem to keep any surface clean for a few hours at a time. Continue reading “My battle with clutter and hoarding”

My rotating file system

rotating file system

I once told a friend I would write a post about my rotating file system.  It took me a long time to get to it, partly because I simply forgot.  I’m sorry, and I hope you find this valuable.  I am horrible at keeping track of papers.  I have tons of papers to deal with.  Graded homework that has been sent home, homework to be completed, shopping receipts, appointment reminders, chore charts, school calendars, 3-week-old newspapers, notebooks, empty envelopes, bills, political mailings, books, charity solicitations, recipes I have printed out, etc.  All of these are on my desk right at this moment.  Most are poorly organized, meaning they have just been plopped down in a teetering stack waiting for the center of gravity to shift ever so slightly so they can all topple onto the floor.   Continue reading “My rotating file system”

Climate Change, Incivility, and Clutter

climate change incivility clutter

Lots of horrible things happen in our world, and it seems as though there are more and more of them lately. Climate change seems to be reflected in our societal behavior, with more frequent and severe storms surprising us every time we turn around. People seem to be more rude to each other and uncivil in everyday interactions, just as the average temperature rises. But we also have our hurricanes and tornadoes that show up in society as mass shootings and other terrorist attacks. Continue reading “Climate Change, Incivility, and Clutter”