It really was a great idea at the time -- winter, kids in school, a little spare time. I diligently tidied the linen closet and made an inventory of the freezer. 15 minutes made a difference. Then: some extra work, late night play rehearsals & early morning homework, and 15 minutes was hard to come by. I still have the jar on my desk -- for next winter.
I've often wondered how much time I could reclaim by simply staying up later. This is in direct contrast to The Happiness Project, where the author determines she'll have more energy by getting more sleep. I'm pretty good already in the sleep department, maybe it's time to stay up late one night every week or two, just to give some order to my chaos.
As soon as I had this revelation, I went to my scribbled list of things I want to get to -- things that fit with my overall priorities, that will help make the rest of my day flow more smoothly, but at the same time tasks I enjoy and wish I had time for:
Update my idea file
Cut out & paint new reverse applique projects (so I'm all set for family movie night, when I can never keep my hands still)
Make school lunch desserts & freeze
Make gluten free treats to send my brothers (celiac disease runs in my family)
Make family stationery & pre-stamp some envelopes
Blogsurf (I need a couple of hours for The Happiness Project alone)
Create some new playlists
Most of these fit into my priorities in one way or another.
Do you have any systems that work for you? Or blogs you turn to for advice? My laundry system works (usually), my grocery system works (generally), my etsy system works (mostly). I would love to know what brings order to your chaos.