September Goals

I probably shouldn’t be making lofty goals for myself right now, considering life with a 2 month old and a 2 year old. There’s a lot of stuff I need/would like to get done around here and it’s just not going to happen any time soon. Like, I never got to purging and organizing my attic. Like my washing machine needs a washing.  Apparently, that’s a thing. More urgently, my floors need mopping, our children’s book situation is out of control and these kids are growing out of all their clothes! The thing is, I can’t even get to the more urgent needs because the daily, basic needs are the most important and I’m just starting to stay on top of those.

I was thinking of all this today and mildly stressing about how much is not getting done around here as I unloaded last night’s dishes while making dinner.  And then it hit me!  Why don’t I just aim to do a couple of simple things every day. Simple things that might help me to get to the bigger things? So here they are, my two housekeeping goals for September:

1. Make our bed first thing in the morning.

2. Unload the dishwasher before I pour my morning coffee.

If I can manage to do these two simple things every day, it could open up a world of opportunities for tackling more to-do’s.  Or, more likely, it’ll just be 2 things I get to that I haven’t been good about in a long time.  But by the end of the month, I will have worked on these 2 simple goals and hopefully they will become habits.  And hopefully I will be able to make a couple of new goals next month. 🙂

Do any of you have any goals that you’re working on?

13 thoughts on “September Goals

  1. Thats what I did when I was getting back in the swing of things after the baby. It definitely works! Now I have a schedule for little things that need to get everyday and the house is mostly always clean. Aside from our bedroom which I'm convinced will never ever be clean on the regular.

    As far as my own goals, getting off my bottom and working out!

    • You'll get there with the working out. I'm still struggling to find time in this new life with the 2, but I really crave the exercise so I make it happen whenever I can. And my midsection ain't getting any smaller, so…

  2. I'm hoping to get myself into a good productive schedule when Margot starts school (tomorrow!), but my to-do list is sooooo long, and I've found that lately with three mobile mess makers I could spend all day just cleaning and be run off my feet. Doing extra projects (like artwork, freelance work, craft projects, etc) means everything else just piles up. I did make a good Lenten resolution about bed-making, similar to your coffee one: I didn't let myself check email or blogs until my bed was made. It worked!

    • "Three mobile mess makers" Oof, I only have one and I feel like I'm drowning! Well, Dave counts as a mess maker too. He makes mess in the process of making things nicer for me in the house, but it's still a mess!

  3. I was just thinking recently of making a list of "bare minimum" chores. I find that these sorts of things (like making the bed and emptying the dishwasher) not only make a HUGE difference on their own, they also magically make other things get done (it's somehow easier to put away a basket of laundry if the bed is already made than if the room is messy!) Good luck with your goals 🙂 I'm currently trying to keep the kitchen island counter & table always clear – in the midst of the craziness right now it's really nice to have one nice spot.

  4. Rather than just think about the things I have to do, I find It helps me to keep a running list of things I need and/or want to get done. When I finish something, I draw a line through it and at the end of the day I feel good at "seeing" what I have done. On top of that feeling of accomplishment I feel motivated to continue working on the list even though it will never be DONE because I will keep adding to it. Anyway, WHEN I do it, it works well for me.

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