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2017 is half over and I haven’t done shit

I can’t believe it’s first day of June already, the final month in the first half of this year … 2017 is half done!

Earlier in January I anticipated having a busy year with personal creative endeavours and professional projects. By now I had expected to be back in the workforce full time again, to have completed 12-15 watercolour portraits for my painting project and a couple of other projects online.

After practically sleeping through the first trimester and part of the second trimester, those January plans have taken a huge detour. While hubby took over cooking and kitchen duties,a lot of the housework falls on me as stay-at-home-part-time working mother. And I just did the bare minimum in the last four months.

So now we are left with:

  • a playroom that looks like a bunch of hurricanes came through and had a wild party;
  • backed up dirty laundry that would take days to wash, dry, fold and put away;
  • kitchen cupboards in disarray;
  • a family bedroom inundated by books that were not put back on the shelves and clothes all over the bed and floor and laundry baskets — and I have a feeling that clean and dirty have mixed; and
  • a few dead pot plants from negligent gardening.

I would be so embarrassed if anybody dropped by unexpectedly! This home needs to be put back in order once more!

Thankfully, a few weeks ago I started feeling my energy levels rising again. Now I actually feel like I can finally start up on my projects and pick up where I left off.

The nesting instinct is also kicking into high gear … probably because of the state my house is in.

Now, I’m not OCD at all about cleanliness, tidiness and organisation (though a part of me wishes I am!) but I just cannot engage in any creative work with my environment like this – a pig sty!

So I’ve decided June is cleanup month.

For the next 29 days, a part of the house, big or small, will be cleaned and decluttered. My goal is to have a tidy, organised and uncluttered home by July. That sounds all optimistic but I need to give myself a deadline. Even if I go beyond June, if I can get it all done by the time Bub 3 comes, I’d be happy with that.

Not sure about doing up a plan or schedule because in the past it just hasn’t worked for me as it becomes a procrastination tool. So I’ll probably just go with my instinct and start somewhere, anywhere at all, and just tidy up and clean.

One thing is for sure – getting something done, even if it’s a small thing, will make me feel good about the whole endeavour and help me gain traction and momentum.

Here’s to a productive June!

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