Saturday, May 26, 2012

Re-reading Sidetracked Home Executives

Have any of you ever read "Sidetracked Home Executives...from pigpen to paradise!"?

This book is SOOOOO funny and really helpful! This is the only home management system that's ever worked for me at all. And, I didn't even do it right!

So, I started reading it today to get a revamp and made my first few cards for the system--I started from scratch since it's been several years since I've read it. I tried to start it over a couple of months ago with little luck. I figure another read through won't hurt.

I laughed so hard. Sounds SO much like me. Here's a little piece of the fun from chapter 2:

"With excuse-making behind us forever, the next obstacle was obvious--we had lousy habits. We would never pick up anything: instead we'd pass up the same article over and over until finally we had memorized where everything was. That was the only way we could keep from killing ourselves, going down the hall at night to get a drink. We were an anthropologist's dream, leaving a perfect trail behind us of everything we'd ever done. The evidence of our every activity was there for all to see."
--from Sidetracked Home Executives, by Pam Brace and Peggy Jones

I love it! I laughed straight through most of chapter one and two, so hard my son came in thinking I was crying. It's just so TRUE. When I read books on decluttering or organizing, I can always tell whether that person was a "born organized" type person who is just giving great advice on what already works or a person who really had to DIG themselves out of the mess and LEARN to live a tidy life.

So, because life changes, I decided to scrap my old boring cards and slowly make a few at a time. I am seriously praying that God will guide me through this process since I tend to overdo things a wintzy bit. This morning I only made four cards. I'm starting with these and letting the rest of my life go on as normal until I feel capable of adding on.

Here's what I'm starting with:

I usually don't read my bible, but instead listen to it while I work on breakfast or eat. My schedule seems to always change, so I'm trying to start with things that won't. I always make coffee, I always eat breakfast, and I should always listen to my bible and clean up the kitchen. So, it's really only two new disciplines to get used to: reading (or rather listening to) the bible every day instead of spiratically, and doing a little work in the kitchen early in the day when I still have some energy.

So, what kind of morning routine do y'all have? Do you use a home management binder or what?
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