May was very busy. Always busier than I expect or remember. We finished up school and then took a family vacation to Mammoth Cave. A series of children were sick over the course of about a month, which culminated in Marian being tentatively diagnosed with Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. She actually had some other moderately less horrible tick-borne disease. All's well that ends well and thank God for antibiotics.
When June rolled around and the endless rounds of sickness decided to give us a break, I began, again, my continuing purge project that spent most of this past school year on pause. I have found that my ability to clean and keep up with Ella the toddler and chauffeur kids around and type posts and maybe read a book is limited. Right now I am in book reading mode so there is not going to be an in-depth post about the epic battle with my room currently raging. Unless I change my mind. We'll see.
About my room. My room is generally the resting place of any stray paper item that wants to be kept but doesn't currently have a home. Generally the procedure is I find something I want to keep, toss it on my dresser for safe keeping, and say I'll deal with it later.
It took me three days to get to the bottom of the giant pile where I discovered that it dates to Christmas 2016. This is immediately before I got pregnant with Ella and my cope-er collapsed. Yeah, it's bad. I am not finished yet, but the bulk of the paperwork has been dealt with. I need to figure a better system so it doesn't get this bad ever again.
As I whittled the pile down I found a copy of _A Mother's Rule of Life_ by Holly Pierlot that I borrowed from a friend in the Fall of 2016. This friend now lives out of state. Oops.
I never read the book, but I know people have strong feelings about it. They either love it or hate it. I am not sure which I'd be. I like structure, but massively fail at time management.
I flipped the book open, and my eyes landed on this paragraph:
Somewhere around 10:00 on most evenings, I prepped for the next day. I emptied the dishwasher, quickly tidied up what was left to do downstairs, put away my laundry if Philip hadn't already done it, and took care of personal hygiene. I'd spend a few minutes in prayer and reading before bed at 10:30.
Wait, what? My eyes popped out of my head. How do you do all that in 30 minutes?
Empty the dishwasher: 10 minutes
Tidy the downstairs: Assuming it's mostly tame, 5 minutes
Put away laundry: Is this laundry already folded? 5 minutes.
Is this laundry in a heap in a basket? 15 minutes
Personal hygiene: Rushing, 10 minutes
Normal, 20 minutes
Does this involve a shower? 45 minutes
Prayer: 5 minutes
Am I totally unfocused and rambling in my head? 10-15 minutes
Reading: 10 minutes or why bother?
So in my experience, her last minute 30 minute round-up prep takes me 45 minutes when everything is firing on all cylinders. If it's more like my normal, I'd expect her quick routine to take me at least 75 minutes.
I am thinking maybe I am not the target audience for this book.
Dear Jenny, glad to be reading you again. I am very tempted to buy Pierlot's book as it really touches a nerve. But I am hesitant to buy it, partly for the reasons you mention in your article. Indeed, I have a big problem with never getting to go to sleep before midnight and then being tired all day long. In the summer, when the days are longer and kids are fussier, I only manage to have them in bed at 9 or even 9.30. I might then sit down and rest, and this usually transforms into an hour of mindless internet search. around 10.30 I will do the evening routine-tidying up, bit of laundry and personal hygiene. I hardly ever have the time or energy to pray more than 5 min. It is usually midnight when I can really hit the pillow. I dont understand how some moms, Catholic or not, but especially the homeschooling ones would ever have time to incorporate quality prayer time, and even going to mass, and then-wow, manage to go to sleep at 10.30. I want to buy this book but am afraid the expectations will be too high for me to reach. I have to keep trying though....Good luck with your organisation project.I had to laugh when I saw your paper pile as it is not that difficult to get ti that. The Flylady system seems to be a good one for doing little projects and managing it all. I tried it for some time and it worked.
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