I worked in the corporate world for almost 20 years. In the corporate world, every day of my life was the same. Get up. Go to work. Come home. Do evening activities. Go to bed. Try to cram in a workout. Try to cram in some me time. Repeat.
As a homemaker, my days are different throughout the year. It looks like this:
Fall: Ahh!!! Back to school. I’ve got to get my Girl Scout Troop off the ground. Ahhh!!! I’ve got to help out with Cub Scouts. Ahhh!!!! I want to volunteer at school. OMG! Every night and weekend is full of activities for the kids. It’s halloween already? I’ve got to prep for Thanksgiving! Oh no! I’ve got to make all my Christmas presents. I’m so overwhelmed.
Winter: Phew. The Holidays are over. Volunteering activities are moving along at a manageable rhythm. It’s cold out, let’s sit by the fire and do nothing all day. My husband is at work. I should be working all day too! I feel so guilty.
Spring: Ugh. I can’t get motivated! Winter’s over, but I don’t want to get back into a routine. I don’t want to clean my house. I want to waste my days like I did all winter. I can’t get motivated.
Summer: The kids are home. I have tons of energy. I want to clean the whole house. I want to do all the house projects. I know I should be outside. It’s too hot. I want to take the kids to cool places all day. I can’t fit everything into one day. Holy cow! We are traveling so much. I’m annoyed that I can’t get any of my chores done!
As you can see, the days are NOT all the same, and I am very upset by this. For 2 years, I tried to make all my days the same. I failed. They are not the same, and I feel bad that they are not the same. Well, no more!
I am making a New Year’s Resolution to live seasonally.
September: Just keep up with daily routines. Do the dishes. Do the laundry. Pick up stuff laying out around the house. Sweep. Use FlyLady’s “Crisis Cleaning” once a week to get the downstairs clean. Get the whole family involved. Focus on the areas that guests will see.
November: The daily routines are now a habit. We’ve ironed out the schedule for our extracurricular activities. Now we can get the house in order. This is a whole family effort! Make a list of the messy areas. Divide and conquer. Get the house neat. For me, the week before Thanksgiving is cram week.
December: We are in maintenance mode people. Stick to your daily routines. Tidy the house daily. Clean the house weekly. Focus on your Basic Weekly Plan.
January: Keep up those daily and weekly plans. Now is the time to do indoor projects. This could be house projects. This could be crafting gifts for people. It could be peeping freezer meals. It could be learning a new skill or starting a social group.
May: Stop the projects. Keep up the Daily and Weekly chores. Start planning and prepping for summer.
July: We are in summer. Just do your best to keep up the daily and weekly routines. Finish the chores by noon. Do something fun every day for just 2 hours.
That’s it. I’ll let you know how it goes.