Well, the first couple days of my “spring break” have gone pretty well so far. I have been pretty productive, with the help of a very long “To Do” list.
I decided to make the process a little bit more fun and buy a new notebook. I picked up this one at Target on clearance for $4. It has 4 color-coded sections, which I think will come in handy with my overly-organized, list-obsessed nature. It also helps that it’s spiral-bound, so I can set it down flat while I work on stuff. The one underneath it is my calendar/planner, which I’m pretty sure I also got at Target. Don’t they look lovely together?
The list so far is 5 pages long, and I broke it down into different categories, with the hope that I could tackle one list each day. The lists are broken down into these categories:
1. School – DONE!
The school list wasn’t that bad, to be honest. I am starting two new classes after break (we do half-semester classes…which is a LOT of work!), so I spent most of Monday getting those ready to go. It took me the better part of 8 hours, but it’s all done!
2. Cleaning/Purging – Getting there…very, very slowly
This one I was planning to get done today, but it looks like I’m barely going to put a dent in it. Turns out I spent almost the entire morning/afternoon taking care of this mess:
After about 3 hours of going through all of my old paperwork, and shredding almost half of it, I was left with this:
I know it probably doesn’t look like much, but here’s a pic of what I shredded:
Yeah…it’s kind of a lot. But it’s a lot of stuff that was outdated, unnecessary, and taking up precious space. The top shelf of the filing cabinet is all of my school stuff (since I don’t have an office of my own, I keep handouts and schoolwork in there), so I didn’t have to deal with that one, thankfully.
So for now, this list is “in progress…slowly.” I just got done dying my hair, so cleaning the bathroom might be next on my list. 🙂
3. Personal – Getting there…also slowly
This one is a hodgepodge of stuff that doesn’t relate to cleaning or work. Things like paying taxes, dying my hair (done!), and finally getting rid of my old email address from before I was married. I’m not really trying too hard to get everything done on this list, since it’s a lot of things I can do whenever…but writing them down is a start, right?
4. Blog – Haven’t even touched this one yet
I have a few things I want to do to streamline the blog a bit, mostly to make posting and tracking comments easier for myself. Also considering design stuff, but since I’m design-stupid, that might take a while. It’s a challenge I’m up for, though, because I love learning things I’m terrible at. The blog is becoming quite a learning experience, so keep coming back to see how things turn out…and bear with me if things aren’t perfect.
So there you have it – 2 days of “spring break” / “spring cleaning” out of the way. I’m sure there will be more I can get done before D. gets home (and all productivity is out the window), but I’d have to say so far, it has been a good couple of days.
Now, I’m off to put away that laundry sitting in front of my dresser…I promise I will get it put away today!