I did it. I reduced my hours to part time! The first of February was my first day of reduced hours. What a difference it has already made!
I've reclaimed my home!
I've reclaimed my kids!
I'm reclaiming my marriage!
The older kids have the week off from school and it's been nice to spend some time with them. Sarah made us pancakes this morning. Josh is helping with heavy lifting/furniture moving and laundry. Best thing I've ever done is take a few minutes to show him how to work the washer! Sarah separates the colours and Josh does the wash. Then Matthew brings up the baskets of dry clothes and Meghan helps me put them all away. Almost like team work!
I spent the afternoon shoveling out my pathetic excuse for a Master Bedroom. It's become a dumping ground - like so many master bedrooms I know. It houses ridiculous amounts of unfolded/grown out of/out of season/unmatched clothing - so I took the time to deal with it. Once and for all. I also moved all of the toys/books/lego that seem to migrate into our space. Then I moved onto the master bath. It needed a SERIOUS cleaning. I'm talking toothbrush in the nooks and crannies kinda SERIOUS. But, it looks great now and it smells great and I'm tellin' ya....*I WILL NOT LET IT HAPPEN AGAIN* Especially since I know that it takes a whopping 15 minutes, at the most, to straighten both rooms.
You know what else I did. I actually stamped a card! I actually felt like I could stamp a card. Usually I'm so overwhelmed and undermotivated that I don't feel like I have the right to sit down and do something I enjoy.
It's going to take a while for me to get everything back under control. I haven't even tackled the basement yet - but it's getting there. And tomorrow is another day. A little maintenance and a little motivation is all I need.