Day 96 of 193

This is more miscellaneous stuff from the container I had carelessly set aside some of my belongings into a container. Clearly not a lot of thought was put into this. To be fair, I was pressed for time to pack up my room.

I often wondered why I allowed myself to be weighed down by all of these unnecessary objects.

Digital Declutter: I am making it a habit to spend ten minutes organizing and deleting my photos from my laptop.

Day 66 of 193

This decluttering journey has been liberating. I am so happy with the progress I have been making.

Today, I am donating this pencil sharpener, that I no longer need or use.

Digital Declutter: I have also deleted ten photos from my phone that I no longer need. It’s a start for finally (digitally) organizing my photos into albums onto my phone. It’s long overdue.

Quarantine

So, where do I begin… I have been off work since mid March due to medical reasons and anxiety. I must say, I have learned a lot of myself that I wouldn’t have gotten to known without all of this extra time. I am really thankful to have had this spare time.

I understand that these were uncertain times for others, but I tried to do my part by limiting the spread of the virus, and perhaps passing it off to others, by staying home. And I know that not everyone had this opportunity, so I hope everyone stays safe.

My boyfriend and I just moved in with one of his friend’s a month prior to my time off from work. I was able to organize and reorganize our room. I was able to remove things that didn’t have much value in our lives. That was a really fun experience.

I am returning back to work tomorrow, so I am little nervous. I know that where I am, there are still cases, but it’s not a relatively large number of cases. It still makes me nervous, but I will make it my priority to stay safe.

These are the things I am going to miss, when I return to work…

  1. Being able to sleep whenever I am tired, and not worrying about having to set an alarm. I can fall asleep at any time. Some days I took full advantage of that. I know this wasn’t healthy, but some nights I slept for ten hours. It was such a luxury to stay in bed until I wanted to do something else.
  2. Having time to exercise. I enjoyed going for a walk in the neighbourhood, especially since it is a new neighbourhood. I was able to make space in my room for my yoga mat to practice yoga routines, and meditation. I live pretty far from where I work, so by the time I leave in the morning, work, come back it’s basically dinner time. I know, I am not the only one who has this problem, and I know that some people have children to take care of as well. But I see the problem, and I have solutions to fix this situation.
  3. The feeling of not being stressed or anxious about a work related problem. It has been peaceful to not have to deal with any of these problems.
  4. The freedom of having spare time. I had time to declutter, read books, clean and blog again. I am so thankful for using this time for good use for myself.
  5. It made me realize that I can do and be anything I want. I would love to be my own boss, and have freedom doing whatever I like. I loved creating my own schedule and my own to-do list. That is probably the thing I am going to miss the most from the whole quarantine. It was such a luxury. The whole experience made me realize that I am always one decision from a different life.

I will try to continue to do the things I have learnt during this spare time. I will also try to coordinate the things I had time to do, into my new schedule.

Day Eleven

We are almost done with the 21 Day Challenge.

I have always been a book worm my whole life. I would always sacrifice my sleep just to find out how my book ends.

My boyfriend and I have a tradition which is we go out to a book store and buy a book for our birthday as well as a hot beverage or a cold beverage from a local coffee shop.

I have a passion of collecting books as well. My favourite books are the Harry Potter series. I’m a huge fan of J.K. Rowling’s work. She is a brilliant author. I also enjoy reading self help books and hearing other people overcome their triumphs and struggles. It gives me a lot of inspiration and motivation to do and be better. These books help me have better habits and routines.

Which books are you mostly grateful for? And how do you organize your books?

Weekly Cleaning Schedule

Hi there!

Since we are at the end of the week, I thought I would address how I like to begin my week.

Mondays

Bathrooms: I normally begin with placing the toilet cleaner inside the bowl of the toilet. I move on to cleaning the mirrors and sink while the toilet cleaner is setting in. My Grandma told me this trick to clean out the drain. It’s a real simple trick, and you only need two ingredients – baking soda and vinegar. I use white vinegar because I find it more acidic than the others. Let hot water run down the sink for about 30 seconds or so, and then turn off the water add some baking soda and wait for it to form a paste. After it becomes a paste, I combine vinegar, which makes a little volcano. Wait a little bit for it to go down the drain. Once that is completed, I finish off with turning the faucet on to hot water, leave it running for a minute. After that I wipe down the sink, the faucet and around the sink. Next I begin to spray my shower cleaner onto the shower walls, while I tend to the toilet. Afterwards I tend to the shower walls and tub. I like to finish cleaning the tub with placing baking soda and vinegar, the same method from above in the tub, because I find that’s what the tub sparkle. I use this method for all the sinks and the shower drain as well. I also like to change my bath tub curtain. I also dust the blinds and baseboards. I like to finish cleaning the bathroom by sweeping and mopping. I find it easier to place my shower gear (shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, etc.) in a container under the sink, so the bottles don’t get covered in soap build up. I just clean them up after each shower.

Laundry: I like to split up my laundry by doing a few loads throughout the week. On Mondays I like to wash my towels and my cleaning rags,

Tuesdays

Living Room: I personally only allow myself to eat snacks in the living room, and one beverage. I normally eat my meals at the dining room. Unless something major is on TV, than I make the exception. Although, I do try to limit myself from eating in the living room. I find that this helps with keeping things cleaned when I don’t eat in the living room as much. I dust off the TV, dust the walls and blinds and the baseboards. I like to finish with a thorough sweep and mop.

Wednesdays

Bedroom(s): I make sure everything is in its place. I clean and change my sheets, pillowcases and curtains. I don’t like having much clutter on my dresser and night stand. I make sure that any important mail and emails are placed in its binder. During my tax season, I receive my important documents and ensure they kept safe until I need to file my taxes. I dust my walls, baseboards, then I finish by sweeping and mopping. There is nothing better than crawling into a bed of fresh sheets.

Laundry: Linens

Thursdays

Kitchen: Because where I live, Thursdays are when the new flyer comes out for the grocery stores. So I make sure I check my fridge and pantry to ensure my salad dressings, broth, spices, and other kitchen staples are still good. And it also gives me a sense as to what is expiring soon, so I can incorporate them in the upcoming meals. Next, after checking for spoiled food, which I try my best to not waste any food, I wash down my cupboards and my fridge. I clean my sink and drain. I like to replace my sponge once a week because of how often I wash dishes. I then sweep and mop the floors.

After I clean up my kitchen, I then prepare my grocery list, and decide what we are going to have for the week.

Fridays

Grocery Shop: Whenever my boyfriend comes back home from work, we go out to the grocery store with our list. We have Take-Out Fridays, it’s a nice way to end the week and we tend to watch a movie or watch our of our shows together. And it works out well because we don’t have a lot of time after we finish grocery shopping to come back and make dinner.

Saturdays

Laundry: We spend our day doing our clothes laundry. Because I did the chores throughout the week, I find that we are able to enjoy our time better with each other.

Sundays

Meal Prep: As the week comes to a close, I like to make some of our dinners and lunches as well as snacks for the week. This way I just place everything in the freezer with aluminium foil to seal in the freshness. I like to make a big container of salad (although I slice tomatoes and place them in a separate container, so they don’t make my salad soggy). That way throughout the day I just scoop the salad in a bowl and add croutons and dressing. I don’t add the croutons to the container because they are known to become soggy. I like using my crock pot on Mondays because I can chop up everything on Sundays and it’s practically good to go Monday morning.

This schedule may not be for everyone, and that’s okay. So don’t feel bad if you can’t do these chores on these certain days. You know yourself, so never be afraid to always try your best.

Fortune Cookies

Hey everyone! I hope everyone had a great weekend.

My boyfriend and I ordered Chinese food and my fortune cookies read;

“Now is a good time to finish up old tasks.”

“Rome was not built in a day. Be patient.”

I thought these were good fortune cookies since it is the last day of May and the beginning of June is on its way! I do have a lot of things I would like to finish up so it was really inspiring fortune cookies.

I’m going to make a to-do list and assign a day for each task to ensure that everything gets done.

Cleaning Up!

I love cleaning so I spent all day cleaning! First I cleaned up my boyfriend’s brother’s room since we had breakfast in there. We were using his computer desk as a table and we were still sick at the time so I used my disinfectant wipes.

Then I cleaned our room. I dusted and organized a few things that were out of place, swept the floor and then vacuumed the rugs.

After that, I walked around to gather up the dishes and then I organized their cutlery, plates, bowls, cups and mugs, containers, pots and pans. I washed them. I swept the kitchen floor as well as a set of the stair cases.

My boyfriend’s mama called me and thanked me for washing the dishes. I didn’t mind at all. 🙂

Today, I will clean up and organize things into their place. I will also do something that someone will appreciate. 🙂 ❤

Being Prepared

Today I learned that importance of being prepared. It is quite helpful to be organized. I am working hard to achieve my goals.

I have been organizing my room and cleaning it. This has been a lot of fun.

Today, I will work towards my goals. I will strive through with grace to achieve all that I want to do.

Plan for Tomorrow

I am starting to get into a habit of planning out my tomorrow before I go to bed. I have managed to plan out my whole week and I am really proud of myself.

I wrote out my goals and what I want to accomplish.. I cannot wait to start my day off right!

I am going to clean when I wake up. I am also going to do a bit of decluttering. I find that getting rid of stuff that I no longer use is very freeing.

Today, I will plan out my tomorrow. I will write my goals out to make more meaningful and motivate me to accomplish them.