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After You are Sick

One of the common challenges with Messie Families is that they don’t have clear cut habits. So it’s normal to have a house of chaos after you are sick.

 Being ill is no fun. If you are like me you have to deal with guilty feelings of not getting things done even when you know you have a perfectly good excuse.

When you feel well enough to get back into the swing of things what are some suggestions? What do you do?  If it is overwhelming first fix yourself a cup of your favorite hot beverage and make a list.

What is needed to keep the house running? Have you paid bills?

What are critical items that need attention: Overflowing trash? Spills or broken items? Errands?

 Next what is keeping any workflow from progressing. Are you out of soap? Items dumped where they don’t belong?

What items/tasks can you reasonably expect other family members to do?

Things not to do are multitask projects that you might not finish. OK let me give you an example. Our family likes to soak the silverware before washing. Usually they pick an item needed for cooking such as the rice cooker bowl (yeah I know) or a special mixing bowl and then they go off and forget about the soaking silverware until someone else needs the space or the bowl it is soaking in.

Another danger is making piles of laundry when you know you can only get one or two done. If you can sort it discreetly then fine but often my house ends up with 8 piles of laundry either waiting to be washed or folded taking up all the sitting space in the living room.

So after you are sick it’s not only critical to take things slow and easy – but its also a good time to reflect on your organization and cleaning routines and see what can be tweaked.

To-Do Lists (again)

In all the years I’ve been alive I’ve been fascinated by to-do lists. Which makes me an expert – – – NOT! 🙂  I think I like the the thought of lists neatly written, organized and then checked off one by one, like some people dream of winning the lottery. You have to “enter” or buy a ticket to win the lottery and you have to actually “write” the to-do list to get anything done.

So we can create a to-do list via:

  • paper and pencil
  • mini sized on tablets/phone
  • Big sized on spreadsheets on you Desktop computer

I love tech options. Goodness knows there are a gazillion choices out there and they don’t fall off your desk or get coffee soaked. Their challenge is versatility.  If you have your to-do list on a phone app and find it is out of power and you can’t get to it, that is major frustration.

So for those of us who need to organize our to-do lists what are some suggestions:

Paper:  Have a safe spot to stash. Close enough to reach but out of the way of spills and chaos.

Consider using a flexible system so you can store a pen and stash some notes.

Examples:
Mead – Cambridge City Zipper Binder, Microfiber, 12 3/4″ x 11″, Assorted Colors
Canvas Home Basics Design Project Organizer
Pendaflex Pilesmart Project Sorter, 10 Sections, Letter Size, 1 Each (50995)

Or if worse comes to worse get a zipper pouch to put all the bits and pieces in:
Zipper Pouches on Amazon

On to on-line/electronic/app type to-do lists suggestions:

  • Get one that is cross platform – meaning you can use it on Ipads, Android and Windows etc.
  • Start with Free – yes there are some worth spending some money but until you are sure, try some free ones. Read the reviews to see what features people like and what drives them nuts.
  • Make sure you like the look and it does what you want. If you get frustrated using it you will not continue. If you have to spend too much time figuring it out you might not come back!

To-Do List Apps on Amazon

And last but not least for futher reading some book suggestions:
To-Do List Books on Amazon