OK.. I can do this, I can do this, I can do this. I've poured myself a cup of coffee, farmed out one kid to a neighbor, garnered two more to play with one in her room and I have just settled in to write out my to do list.
You see, I've been spinning my wheels all morning feeling anxious about the toys everywhere-and I mean everywhere, the holiday decorations are bugging me, and the dishes and treats are all over the kitchen island. Then I paused, sipped a cup of joe, and got back to my roots. I'm a list maker. I am in control when I've got a list to follow. A plan, a simple little plan. Here goes...
- farm out kids
- put on some music
- pick up trash + recycling throughout house
- start in the kitchen: wash + put away all dishes + holiday dishes + holiday place mats
- tackle holiday wrap- gather ribbons to save for next year, flatten boxes, store away
- put away my gifts + my husbands (kids have to do their own tonight)
- grab a shopping bag or box and place "replaced" items in box to donate- (like my old blow dryer and sheets)
- Bring the holiday totes inside, place one in each room. Gather up keepers. Place cast-offs in the donation bag. Return to garage + await husband's return to put backup on shelving.
- Tempt the little girls with a treat if they help take down the ornaments and place in the boxes.
- When girls get bored, join them for a treat then return to the tree project.
- Get bored working on the tree project and call husband to find out when he'll be home.
- Call husband and ask him how to make that great little holiday cocktail he poured me while wrapping all the presents.
- Make cocktail, call girlfriend to tempt with holiday cocktail if she'll help finish the tree project or watch me finish the tree project