I'm trying to start this year off well, work on some new habits to get my life and house in order. When I stopped by my shrink for my quarterly med check, I mentioned that I was kinda in a funk, mostly about how I felt I was sliding, losing that ability to follow through with household chores. Then I started talking about what I *had* accomplished and by the time I was done, I was pretty excited about that and realized that maybe I wasn't a complete mess after all. The bills got paid by the 5th, I'd made some progress on long-term projects, even if it had taken way long than originally planned.
So I'm tracking all my expenditures in Quicken so I know where my money goes. Then I want to figure out how much I can start auto-deducting into savings from my paycheck, bump up my 401K deductions, maybe see a financial planner to come up with an investment plan. I've been pretty good about tracking my money so far - it takes 21-28 repetitions to learn a new habit, so I should be set by the end of the month.
I've also finally gotten my library in order! The extra bookcase really helped and I figured out a sorting trick with the paperbacks that let me finish it up in an evening. Looks like everything's going to fit on the shelves, with a little elbow room. And the floor creaks again! (I was starting to worry that I was overloading the floor when it stopped after I loaded all the books into that room) I still have work to do on the other half (the craft side) of the room, but the library is ready to go!
Of course, just as I'm getting the upstairs in order, the rest of the living space is a mess. At least the Container Store is having their seasonal elfa sale so I can build a mail/shoes/keys/recharger station in that odd nook I have at the entrance. That spot is such a disaster area right now....
In the spirit of maigrey
's flylady enthusiasm, I'm taking a second look at everything that I keep around here and deciding whether I need it and whether I'm using it the best possible way. For instance, I have scissors in every room, because I got tired of wondering where I'd left them *this* time. The kitchen scissors were in the junk drawer, which means they're behind me when I'm opening things at the counter - so now I've moved them up to the corner cabinet, where I'd already done the same with the can opener. :) (My utensil drawer is also on the "wrong" side of the kitchen, although the silverware and knives are handy.)
It's not until you really think about stuff like that that you make real headway, in decluttering or in managing your ADD. The grief I used to go through because I was always playing "hunt the scissors/nail clippers/pen/tape measure"... It's not important that I remember where I used one of these things last! It's important that I have them accessible when I need them, without wasting time or effort! And if the proper storage place for something is right at hand, you'll actually return it to that spot, as opposed to needing to walk downstairs or to another room to do so.
So that's what I'm doing right now - everything is completely and utterly unpacked, and needs to get a permanent home or get tossed. Baby steps, to be sure, but I'm really going to try and keep this going until I feel I can sustain a certain level of organization and cleanliness.