I work Monday to Friday at my day job.  So like a lot of people, I am working for the weekend, and TGIF is in my vocabulary.  On the weekends, I try to relax.  I usually do some prep cooking for the upcoming week.  Also, I do the cleaning.  I am trying to get my house in order so that I can work on my projects.  It takes time, and to really make this work, I will need to make a schedule and stick to it.  A schedule is like a budget for me.  I can follow one, but I don’t always like it.  This is one of those things.  We all have to do things we don’t like.  Cleaning is one of mine.  I have no problem making messes, for productive reasons.  Cooking, crafting, whatever I have going on may have a side effect of making a mess.  I don’t go out of my way to be a messy person. And we have what we need to clean.  But the gumption is almost always lacking.

How do I plan to change this?  For starters, I have signed up for 2 challenges this year.  A deep cleaning challenge that runs for 15 weeks, and a daily challenge for smaller scale organizational tasks, in January. One of my resolutions was to finish them both, in 2017.  I am finding motivation by sharing the daily videos on my personal facebook wall, and also the other challenge has so many posts about other people’s progress that I can literally be lost in that thread for days without realizing it.  There are SO many beautiful homes out there, and the ideas people have in this group are AMAZING!  So there are two sources of inspiration for me.

To get in the zone for this, I used to listen to a radio station called The Bounce.  They have since changed their name, so I am not as big of a fan as I used to be.  I would crank up the tunes and go to work on the cleaning.  Hence the Tish-ism, “Bouncing the House”!  I would post regularly on my wall about how I was doing this, and a few of my friends have started calling it the same thing at their house.  Music keeps me up and moving.  It is a big deal in my life.  Yes, I write lyrics, but I enjoy music as often as I can, and as loud as I can.  It is such a good thing in my life.

I also listen to music to help with my moods.  When I am having a bad day,  listening  to angry music, lets me scream out my frustration through the lyrics and makes me come around.  If I am sad, again, I choose music to help lift me up above the clouds where I like to live.  I am an optimist, and I like to stay positive.

So the next thing I have to do today is start the week long kitchen cleaning project for my deep cleaning challenge.  It will be so rewarding to sit down ad write and not feel like I should be working on something else instead of what I want to, no need to do.  I need to write more.  I need to work on my crafts more.  I need to be more creative.  Setting this goal to get the house in order is a way for me to prepare to have the time to be creative, and not have the guilty feeling that I should really be doing other things.  That is a terrible loop I USED to get stuck in.  The result is always that NOTHING GETS DONE.  I am tired of not getting anything accomplished because of this.  So this is my year to give’er and be a huge success.  At least in my own mind.  Countdown to Bouncing my house in 3,2,1…GO!