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Getting Things Done with Delores, I mean Erin

August 29, 2011
by Erin B

I really don’t want to turn this blog into a getting things done blog.  I am more than what I accomplish around the house in a day….  But bike repair is on hold until it snows and between knitting and canning I feel like I am half way there already.

In Bike News, I have a 1970’s era folding bike that I am rebuilding for my Father in Law.  I am so excited!  I am kind of putting off shopping for pars the same way a sommelier will put off opening a bottle of fine vintage wine.  I am enjoying the anticipation.  The bike in question had been sitting under a tarp for the last 15 years with wrecked tires and no chain.  It is getting a full tear down and clean and a rebuild this winter.

After I build the snow bike.  I have a really good bike for snow with coaster brake three speed hub and center pull brakes.  It just happens to be spread out over several bike right now.  Bike auctions, gotta love them.  Once it snows and Toddler girl and I are house bound again, I am going to gut them and build one reasonably good winter bike out of them.  The frame is a Raleigh of unknown women’s model.  Made in England, but missing the chain guard sticker.  I think it may be a sports.

If I had money, I would get it powder coated while I have it apart, but I don’t.   Plus the local powder coating place hasn’t returned my call.  I may let T rattle can the fenders and chain guard where the paint is in the worst shape.

Anyway, lots of bike new to come, but right now my goal is to get my house organized so I have space to set up my bike stand and do all this.

Which brings us back to the home organization reference.  No, I am not installing web cams.

I need some help and I am big enough to admit it.  I have tried the FlyLady system before and it struck me as a recipe for OCD.  I have tried Motivated Moms but lots of stuff on there didn’t apply.  I also have to say that many of these schedules for housework are too churchy for me.  As a non-religious person, I don’t want the god-bothers invading my email multiple times a day.

I’m sorry, that was a bit harsh.  If you have found peace in religion, I am happy for you.  Personally, if there is a god, I wish she would get on with her job of smiting whale hunters and toxic waste dumpers.  She doesn’t need me interrupting her with prayers all the time.  No wonder she can’t get anything done.  Can you imagine the noise from hundreds of millions of voices raised in prayer all the time?  It would make the phrase sensory overload seem like an understatement.  I will just get on with taking care of my family and live the best life I can and let her be.

Yes, I do ramble and Yes, I am half expecting a troll storm of hate mail over that.  But it is MY religious view.  If you want me to respect your views, you need to respect mine in turn.

Anyway, I am looking for a way to Get Things Done.  I don’t know what that will be.  I will likely borrow from FlyLady and Sidetracked Home Eexecutives and the like.

I didn’t grow up in a house where house work was valued by anyone.  Not my mom who did it.   Not my dad who undid it.  And there for not by us kids.  No one said thank you for meals.  No one helped.  We got that from Dad who couldn’t even carry his plate to the sink and didn’t wash a single dish the entire month my mom went to visit her brother.  He left them go mouldy in the sink.

My dad is not a good person.  I think he may have started to work on that in the last few years, but I’m not really around to see it anymore.

I want better.  I have better.  T is a really nice guy who helps and values the work I do around the place.  He says thank you and means it.  He notices.  Now that Toddler girl is rapidly approaching being Preschool girl, I have a little more time to take care of things around here and it’s time to start that.  I want all the girls to go out into the world better able to take care of themselves than I was when I left home.

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  1. Lorene permalink
    August 29, 2011 10:41 am

    Since T values the housekeeping work, you should set a time in the evenings for him to keep an eye on Toddler girl and you attack the housekeeping. You don’t have to make it a certain time because that’s the path to failure. You could just say “how about housekeeping half hour now?” and then start.

    Here’s my way of keeping the place uncluttered, mind you it’s way easier without a toddler “helping”. Pick a room. Have a laundry basket or easily transportable empty box. Put everything that doesn’t belong in that room, in the box. Declutter and clean the room. Last, take the box around the house and place the items in the room where they go. High up out of toddler reach if possible so they don’t get redistributed before you have time to declutter THAT room. DO NOT STOP to declutter THAT room. If it’s easy to put them back in/near their places, then do that. When the items are all in their correct rooms, you’re done.

    I think I stole that from one of the other organizers out there.

    I know what you mean about the religion mixing with the cleaning emails. Cleanliness may be next to godliness, but unless a diety is showing up to clean my toilet, I don’t need them to keep a house in order. 🙂

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