Toby is a faithful list writer. His method is to use the blank side of small 3x5 recipe cards turned vertically and then writes his list in perfect rows. His font is so small, I marvel that hands his size can create letters a zillion times smaller than his own finger print. He will keep that list on hand and though he may forget his watch or his cell phone or even his own car keys when he leaves to run an errand, he will never forget his list.
Since he has learned this method from the best (his mom), I'm taking his admonition today and practicing something that he always does very well: make a list.
If there's anyone that can take the cake for list writing, it would have to be Toby's mom. She will neatly fill a recipe card or any scrap of paper (recycled envelopes, odd pieces of card stock, blank sides to printed sheets of paper, note book sheets, etc.) with everything that she has to do -- whether it's an item to buy at the store or a reminder to ask a friend about the quality of the fabric they bought on sale the other day. EVERYTHING goes on that list. Often, she'll have more than one list on hand too.
She prints by hand her list of things to do in a very fine print and could even put Microsoft Word's 10 pt. size font to shame with how neat and precise she is. She carries that list devotedly in her pocket and will use it as a quick reference all through out her day.
I love reading her lists. It gives me an idea of what I should put on my own lists. And since she's silently and unknowingly impressed on me the necessity of putting everything on a list, I'm going to start today's list out with:
- MAKE A LIST
In order to cross something off my list today, I might as well go ahead and make the following list...
- MAKE LIST (as mentioned)
- REORGANIZE KITCHEN (rearrange, redecorate, clean, fill new island with necessary stuff, etc.)
- CLEAN OUT FRIDGE
- VACUUM LIVING ROOM
- DUST LIVING ROOM
- VACUUM BEDROOMS
- FOLD AND PUT AWAY LAUNDRY
- WASH BATHROOM MIRROR
- EMPTY DISHWASHER
- LOAD DISHWASHER
- CLEAN OFF MY DESK
- CLEAN OFF AND ORGANIZE TOP OF TOBY'S DESK
- DUST BOTH DESKS
- SWEEP AND WASH KITCHEN FLOOR
- ORGANIZE OUR CLOSET
- HANG MATERNITY CLOTHES
- CLEAN OUR ROOM
- ORGANIZE JANAE'S CLOSET
- REARRANGE JANAE'S ROOM
- ORGANIZE LANDON'S ROOM
- GET RID OF EXTRA KIDS CLOTHES
- SEW BLOOMERS FOR JANAE
- SEW STRAP COVERS (for Toby's coveralls)
- FINISH JANAE'S PILLOW CASE
- SEW RAG QUILT FOR COUCH
- ASK TOBY TO BRING FABRIC BIN IN
- COVER BOX (for plastic bag holder)
- PUT TOYS AWAY (again)
- REPLACE PICTURE BOARD WITH NEW PICS
- PUT WINTER STUFF IN "NEW" DRESSER
- PUT AWAY DUFFEL BAG (that's been storing winter stuff)
- PLAN MENU
- FIX HAIR
- MAKE SELF PRETTY
- LIGHT A CANDLE
- PLAY MUSIC
The last few things are only there for the fun of it. And, because I'd probably rather just get right to work without taking thought for how dishevelled I am. In order to make the house get in order, I should at least look half the part of orderly. Then, when I wonder where my bench mark is in the midst of a mess, I can just look in the mirror and get re-motivated.
So, I'm off to shower and spray some perfume and twist my hair up. After that, the list is my goal.