It has been "one of those" weeks with a hectic schedule, difficult people being more difficult than usual, and a house that is showing the appearance of neglect because I have been away from home during peak energy time. Last night I knew this was getting serious because I could not concentrate on my reading! Gasp...
Some of the sources of my stress are completely out of my control, I can only pray about some people and situations and "let it go". However, the housework is something I can control. Last night I did stay up and get the kitchen put in order. That made me feel good. This morning, I was all ready at least an hour before we actually had to leave the house so I found myself looking over my main "hot spot"...the dining table. It's especially stressful to look at because it is the first thing I see when walking in the house.
I have been using it as the dumping ground for everything that needed further attention when there was time. I figured it would take days to handle all the "gotta do's" represented on that table but I could use the hour to chip away at a few items. Imagine my amazement when I had three-fourths of all the "stuff" on the table taken care of at the end of that hour! From little chores like putting a stamp on a letter and walking out to put it in the rural mailbox, to finding DD size batteries in the garage for a flashlight, to sorting through papers and photos and putting them where they belonged...all finished in sixty minutes. Isn't that the way it is at times when we have been putting off the gotta do's because they appeared to be a mountain of work?
It was wonderful to walk in the house (after a day filled with juggling three different appointments and me being the chauffeur for both the guys) and not seeing a stack of "stuff" as I walked past the table. The remaining items are only a stack of articles I need to read before filing and the two folders which hold the materials for the class I teach at the co-op. No mental anguish brought about by piles of "stuff", they were not overwhelming after all. I'm beginning to feel a bit like I can handle life, as long as I take it one day at a time!
As a special treat to myself, I purchased my spring cleaning supplies in the honeysuckle fragrance. I figure as I am cleaning windows and scrubbing floors, the aroma will make me feel as Spring has arrived, even if it feels otherwise outside today.
Now, perhaps I can enjoy my book this evening.