*The following is not a typical post for my blog and I feel almost foolish posting it up. It's quite frivolous. In the chaos of the world right now...I just need frivolous. I don't read the news anymore and rarely hear of things because at this time I just can't handle it. Instead I am trying to LIVE and by living I try to advocate for joy, peace, hope, compassion, tolerance and love. I need to take joy in the moments that matter...I am Autistic and I have gifts, I love and I have fun with other people...Here, in little ways, is the proof. On another positive note- I thought this was hopeful that someone as respected and high profile as Jerry Seinfeld said this: http://www.nbcnews.com/health/mental-health/autism-advocates-see-hope-jerry-seinfelds-disclosure-n243636 Please also pass on this open letter to Jerry Seinfeld:
Because this post is different from my usual...it will perhaps disappear in the next few days, but for now, I felt like sharing something that gives me joy. Also you will get a better idea of the photos if you click on them to enlarge.*
We are renovating our basement and moving our room...so my lucky daughter gets our old Master suite...we ripped out the carpets and repainted. My best friend Sara came to help paint. She cut in the paint because I suck at fine motor skills:)
My husband and kiddos laid the laminate while I handled the minor details:
While I am on the decorating topic, every year we re- do our home made privacy screen in our entry way window. I buy some parchment paper and we go out and gather the last of the fall leaves and flowers, and then I iron the two pieces together and for the next year we enjoy this:
Since this post is not my typical post, I thought I would leave some handy organizational tips that have made my life WAY easier. They are pretty random and mostly common sense but for some reason I did not put most of them into affect until this year...so maybe they will help someone else too!:
1.) Keep a budget in the drafts folder of email or in a Word processing file. Change it every week and keep purchases and money owed up to date. It sounds easy, but I used to do our budget by hand script or only check it on the computer once a month which was too stressful. Now ten minutes every few days makes most of the budget stress free! I do this for every three months in advance. Any more and it doesn't work, any less and I forget to keep money for certain events or things needed.
2.) Instead of having a linen closet fold the sheets and towels of each person in the household into a spot in their rooms. Leave a few hand towels out in the bathroom and change accordingly. This has cut down on the chaos and the laundry. Each person is in charge of washing and folding their own sheets and towels.
3.) Have bins instead of shelves for clothes. In the boys new rooms downstairs and ours- we will be installing seperate wooden bins to simply throw pants, shirts ect. into. My kids clothes never stay folded ( and neither do mine really) so I gave up a loosing battle and decided to make it easier on all of us. We will just throw them in the proper bins once washed (except for a few things that tend to get wrinkly or dress clothes that hang up) thus our laundry time is cut in half and no one has noticed that our clothes have not been folded...we still look clean and fresh...mostly, I think...
4.) Keep a running grocery list on the computer and text it to yourself each time you make a large grocery shop. We buy bulk at Costco for most things and texting myself the list has saved a lot of missing item moments. Plus having a large grocery list on hand keeps me from forgetting what we actually eat when we get to the store and buying needless extra items.
5.) When decorating carry a box of handy tools. In my box I have scissors, tape, clear thumb tacks, a star screwdriver (Yes, I am married to a Carpenter but NO, I still can't call the tools by their proper names:), a cross screwdriver and a flat screwdriver, a small hammer, measuring tape, nails, screws, and drapery hardware. Whenever I set up a room this handy little box saves me a LOT of time searching or running back and forth for the things I need to complete my decor scheme.
6.) When planning a room keep in mind that the key factors are Bedding, Drapery, Paint, and one piece of furniture to showcase items. If you have these three factors coinciding - any bedroom will turn out well. Paint is trickier - pay attention to undertones or get a professional to help you. Take in swatches of your bedding or drapery so that it goes will with it. Bedding is the key focal point in most bedrooms and is ALWAYS worth the splurge. Save up or use it as a Christmas gift or birthday gift. Make sure bedding is not only quality but comfortable and inspires your imagination.
7.) Make the same thing for meals every week. It sounds boring but our life is WAY easier now that we have a plan for the week. At breakfast we eat granola and greek yugort every week day and gluten free pancakes and bacon on weekends. At lunches we have a smoothie with some sort of salad, veggie and protein and at suppers it is Stir fry, Salad, Rice and Meat with veggies or some other sort of similar thing...Meal time is no longer a pain in the ***.
8.) Keep Tea tree oil on hand. It cleans bathrooms, floors and helps disinfect laundry. A few drops goes a long way in fresh, disinfected, aroma- therapeutic spaces.
9.) Remember your vitamin D if you are above the equator. Especially now that the sun is going down early. Three of the thousand IUs a day for adults and 2 for children. (This is what my Naturopath and Doctor recommend but if you have any concerns consult your health care provider first.) I find my mood and energy levels improve so much when I take these regularly.
10.) When the home feels chaotic- make the bed. I LOATHE making beds. It's so simply really but I dread it EVERY DAY. When I actually force myself to make it, and force my kids to make theirs...suddenly the house feels a little more manageable. Even if the rest of the house is in chaos, it is almost easier to handle. Plus, if I am struggling with depression or the winter blues, if my bed is made it's less likely that I will spend the day in it...or at least I won't spend as long in it. For some reason a made bed forces some sort of structure and energy level.
I know these are tips are probably common sense to most NT (Nuerotypical) people or perhaps even ridiculous ideas...but they have made such a huge difference in the capability of my daily life. Perhaps someone else is struggling too? While all of these tips I found annoying to implement at first, in the long run, they have enhanced my daily life incredibly.
Feel free to add tips that enhance your daily life in the comment section.
I don't know why this song popped into my head too for this post...I guess for an unusual post I am picking something that doesn't exactly match. With further pondering I realized that I feel like my life is making a bit more sense and that I sort of feel like this is just the beginning. Decorating does that to me...I feel like its' a fresh beginning...a new start and perspective on life. This tends to blend into my other views of life too I suppose:) I have hope for new horizons.