Thursday, August 6, 2009

Here's to trying new things!

I love to learn and try things new. So, here goes a blog.

After losing my job last spring and dealing with the death of my Mother, I find myself in a whole new place with lots of decisions to make. We all have plenty of practice making small decisions every day. Like, coffee or tea? Brown shirt or green? It's the BIG ones that throw us for a loop. I have a lot of them in front of me and I'm working on them.

Here's a little about me:

I have an awesome husband, Carl. We have been together for over 20 years! He is the love of my life and is truly my strength. We have two wonderful, spunky, ornery daughters; Lauren and Lindsey. We love them with all of our hearts ... Even as they are learning new ways to challenge us as parents every single day! (Did I mention they are ornery?!)

I am a clutter-bug and have tried many things to get organized and get my and my family's stuff together. All of it. And keep it together! I love FlyLady but after seven years, I'm still not there. So, I prayed the other day for help getting things together. I mean, really prayed hard. Yesterday, on a bulletin board I frequent, someone mentioned a book called Getting Things Done by David Allen.

I had seen the book before and didn't think it was for me, but this time when God showed me again, I was ready. (Prayer answered!) I Googled it and found the author's website and spent most of yesterday learning. I bought the book yesterday afternoon. It was only $16. If this is to be my solution, it will be a well spent $16.

So far, the system seems very good for me and what I gravitate to: Lists, getting it all down, systems, reminders. Stuff I already know, but it's in one big pile in my head, kinda like the pile in my craft room! LOL!

The book is showing me how to get things out of my head, into a system and organized so I can process them and get them done.

Once I get my stuff together and our lives organized, I will have more time for things I love to do, like; crafts, sewing (especially for my kids), scrap booking (digital and traditional), helping other people, fixing stuff, cooking and trying new recipes. Heck, I may even have time to get some laundry done! LOL!

Some things I am working on right now are: Dresses for the girls for back-to-school. Working on my household routines-cleaning, bill paying, menu planning, grocery shopping, saving money, cleaning closets, etc!

I have been blessed with an awesome supportive family and great friends.

I want my home to be nice for my family. I want to be organized so I will have more time to spend with family and friends instead of looking for misplaced junk.

There! How is that for a goal? Whew, I have a lot of work to do. I'd better get started!

Check back for updates!


  1. Sounds like you're on the right track! I think that's one of the few of those type of books I haven't gotten around to reading, LOL. It looks really good! After lots and lots of trial and error and experimentation, I finally came up with a system that worked well for me (I come from a long line of clutterbugs/packrats) long as I STICK TO IT! When I do, it works great!

  2. If you are liking Getting Things Done, check out the site where author, Leo has a great spin on GTD that he calls Zen to Done. You will love the whole site, but I've found the Getting Started section most helpful with "getting things done" and staying sane!
    Best of luck.
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