Not that I’m complaining–I’ve needed every minute of it–but has January seemed like a long month to you? I’m glad it’s just about over. I had a rough weekend. The aforementioned boxes from yesterday’s post are now mostly full, and I have yet to find space for my clothing or about 75 pounds of homeschool materials. At one point on Saturday, I walked into my room, closed the door and just sat on the bed and stared out the window. JavaMan was a little concerned about my state at that point, I think. He has promised to work his packing magic on some of the already-packed content in the hope we can still fit more in. Weight-wise we’re fine, but volume is a problem–not helped by the fact that the bins we usually buy for packing have been downsized by a number of inches.
I did eventually emerge from the room, but at that point, I just grabbed the nearest bin and began to shove everything in in an effort to make the move happen and postpone the puzzling over how to make it all fit.
Discouraged and exhausted at the end of the day, I didn`t want to write about goals. So I put it off to the very end of the day.
All in all, at the end of the day, I didn`t do too badly on reaching my goals, however:
- Go to bed at 10:00 p.m. Okay so the last week, not so much, but I have been much more disciplined about this, and forming much better habits. I`ve conscripted JavaMan to help me with this one, and I`ve turned down opportunities to stay up just that little bit later and do one thing more in favor of being in bed reading at 9:30 or even earlier much more often than my normal modus operandi.
- Spend at least one hour a day purging and sorting. Capacity problems aside, I think I handled this move much better than the previous ones, and allotted enough work to the days leading up to the move to make things more or less sane. I could have done with a few more child-free moments in the month, but I homeschool. Whaddaya gonna do?
- Keep homeschool time sacred. Again, I think I did a pretty good job keeping things sane and reasonable for myself and the kids. Again, this week, as the move loomed closer, I did sacrifice homeschool a couple of days, but let`s face it, there was a LOT to do, and two days seems pretty reasonable in the grand scheme of things.
What will be a great relief is that by the time JavaMan and I rework the packaging issues and find ourselves places for those homeschool things and my clothes (details!), we`ll be better prepared for this move than any other, and there won`t be any last-minute scale juggling, staying up the night before a flight trying to cram in one last thing. THAT will be something to be grateful for. And the dark hours of January 28 will seem a distant memory. Right? Tell me I`m right.