Saturday, January 9, 2010

A Master At Home To-Do List

I found it here

I was lying in bed this morning, the whole day ahead of me, and wondering how I will cram everything I want to do into this one day. You see, the kids are with their dad, and I have nothing scheduled, which means I can do the things that I think of doing every other day when I wake up and have to go to work. On the days I go to work, I can think of a million things I can be doing at home, but on a Saturday when I can do those things, I'm stumped, overwhelmed by all my choices. My biggest fear is at the end of the day, I'll have done nothing I wanted or needed to do.

My mom always reminds me that when you leave all the things you can and have to do in your head, it seems much more overwhelming than it actually is on paper. So, that's why I've decided to come up with a Master At Home To-Do List --on line, so I never lose it!

1. Read - I have a notorious book habit and a ridiculous number of unread books in my house. I'll be putting a reading to -do list together for myself soon. I'm currently reading The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown, and I can't put it down.
2. Clean A Bathroom - I have 3. Every morning, I use all of them in some way, either to shower, put on my make up or well, nevermind, and every morning, I want to clean this or that, but don't have the time at that moment to do it.
3. Organize Photos - either printed or on the computer. I spent an afternoon working on this recently and it made me very hopeful that I can finally get them in some kind of order.
4. Scrapbook - this is for me as well as for my family, but the process is totally for me. I love cutting, gluing, stickers, and paper. It's my passion, right now, and my wish to do it more often. I'm taking a Big Picture Scrapbooking class called "The Challenge of Me", and unlike other classes I've taken, I've been able to keep up with the assignments, so far, which is a huge accomplishment for me.
5. Do Something Artistic
6. Laundry
7. Clean a Closet - Do you have a closet that you shove stuff in? Yeah, me too and it drives me nuts!
8. Re-organize a Cabinet - any cabinet - kitchen, bathroom - in my house, I really have more than I need. It's time to pare down to the essentials.
9. Play a computer game - big time suck, I know, but also relaxing, which I have such a hard time doing these days. As long as I can accomplish other things on this list, then something mind numbing is ok.
10. Remove all stray stuff from a room in the house - this is a good one when the kids are home, then it's a game to see who can put away (in the correct place) the most stuff. My kids are easily amused sometimes, as long as I'm doing it with them.
11. Take Jack for a walk - poor dog, needs a fenced in yard. The kids like to walk him, but he is so strong, they really can't get far before his wanderlust has him walking them. Also, the dog LOVES the snow. When it snows, his inner puppy comes out and he FROLICKS.
12. Learn a New Technique for [whatever I'm in the mood to do]
13. Write
14. If kids are home, do something with them, but really be in the moment, and forget the rest of this list. Showing interest in what they are interested in goes a long way. This is usually a video game or cartoon with son and a chat or 80's/90's moment shared with teenage daughter, who is now finds the nostalgia of my youth interesting-the fashions, the music, the movies.

Hopefully it's noticable the watching TV is not on my list. I spend too much time sitting in the comfy corner of my couch, sucked into the TV when I come home from work - again, needing to numb my mind. So, when there are at least 14 other things to do on a free day, I'm resisting turning it on, even as background noise.

Even doing one or two of these in a day will be enough for me. I don't intend to fit them all in, in one day. And, of course, being just a master list, these are not my daily to dos - that's a much longer list.

Happy Day of Possibilities!


  1. Love your looks much like mine!! Enjoy your day.

    Oh and your background...I almost chose that same one yesterday!!:)

  2. OK . . . so, how did you get in my head and write out my list? Especially #1, #2, #3,4,5,6,7,oh yeah, and 8 and 10, 12, 13 and 14. Looks like the only one that I can't do is 11 - but my neighbor has a dog, so maybe I could borrow that one. The good thing is that now I don't have to take the time to figure out what my list should be. I can just print this one out and put it on the fridge and make it mine! THANKS!!! You've saved me some time to do #9 now!!! (Yippie!)

    I hope you are having a productive weekend. Make sure you tell us what you've accomplished!

    Can't wait to see you next weekend!

  3. Love this and it's so true...the part about having a "free day" and then wondering what project to tackle. My advice is to pick one or two a day and then you'll feel a great sense of accomplishment....freeing you up to indulge in your reading and writing and even better!

    BTW...was the "80's" photo there one where you did "yearbook yourself?" I did that and it was actually scary how close the picture was to the way I actually looked back in the 80's...not my best style moment!!