Monday, February 17, 2014


Happy Presidents' Day, guys!! Home with the munchkin today.

For whatever reason - winter doldrums, lack of exercise, the "the less you do, the less you can do" syndrome (I just made up) - I've got wicked low energy lately. And, of course you know what that means, right? One thing has to fall to the wayside. The same thing, all the time.


At least, that's what gets neglected around here. Don't tell my mom (sorry, Mom!!); she's got very high cleanliness standards. She called my sis and I "Cinderella" (and maybe our brothers from time to time).

At least I suppose the standards are there to some extent. I know and cringe when something's filthy or dusty or precariously piled. But finding the energy to get it checked off the to-do list is another story.

I've seen something interesting about cleaning on no less than 20 other blogs (and probably 20 magazines before I was a blog reader), which tells us to use a 15 minute period throughout the day (as we find them) to accomplish something.

It could be spending 15 minutes doing the prep work for some freezer meals. It could be 15 minutes working on a small project you've had on your list for years. But, more likely than not, since cleaning is dreaded by so many people, it'll be performing a chore around the house. And I'm calling them "bursts" (get it? A "burst" of energy?)...'cuz I've gotta categorize everything. Weirdo.

I decided to use my kitchen dry erase board to make a continual list of chores that can be accomplished in about 15 minutes. Y'know -- while on the phone or just to achieve that "don't put off until tomorrow what you can do today" philosophy before heading to bed or for that moment that I sigh after putting the baby down for a nap when my brain goes blank.

While I was at it, I decided to start in the kitchen with one (yes, one) cabinet shelf. But, it's the dreaded baby shelf, which I've been planning on organizing for awhile since Hadman only uses a particular type of sip-cup. So, in under 15 minutes, it went from this...

to this...

with this left to lug into the basement (which I did...but it all needs to be re-organized, of course)...

It's funny how kids only use ONE particular "style" of beverage receptacle, huh? And it's sad to be packing away the last of the bottles, but it's all good.

Oh, and by the way, the cabinet is completely clean (I scrubbed it), but it's in dire need of painting -- along with the rest of the kitchen cabinets. Needless to say, that'll be a burst of more than 15 minutes worth of energy. ;-)

I'll be sharing a handful more "bursts" I've already used to get myself off my hibernating hiney. Otherwise, it's so darn easy to wile away a snow day! 

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