Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Weeding Through Old Perfume

See this?

I bought this perfume before I started law school. I started law school about six years ago. And this is not the only bottle of old perfume that I have. My newest perfume is the boxed set my husband bought for me at Christmas in 2008. Yes, 2008.

But as you notice, that bottle up there is empty. I used the remainder of the perfume this week. In fact, by the time you read this blog post, that bottle will be in the garbage, and I will move on to using another perfume. And I will weed out the various perfume bottles, one by one.

This is just one step in decluttering, which is a step in ensuring that my family and I live a better and less stressful life.


Find: IKEA BOLMEN Toilet Brush and Holder

While my husband and I were on vacation, we visited IKEA, which is one of my favorite stores. While I was there, I saw this black toilet brush/holder for $0.99 and promptly purchased it:

Before our newborn came into this world, we used a Clorox wand to clean our toilets, but post-baby, we decided not to use bleach to clean. So we bought white toilet brushes from Dollar Tree. Unfortunately, those quickly became dingy-looking. (I refuse to post a picture because they look so gross, even when they have been covered in baking soda and doused in vinegar.) But now I have this beautiful black brush that, God willing, will not look dirty as it sits in its place in the bathroom.

And yes, I totally understand that it will be dirty because, after all, it is a toilet brush (although we do intend to keep it as clean as possible with boiling water and vinegar and such). But at least it will still look good. Or at least I hope so.


Monday, July 8, 2013

Sleep Is Not a Luxury

Yesterday, I mentioned that my husband and I have decided that we are going to live the good life. I also hinted at what our first step is in making the improvements necessary to do so.

On our recent vacation, we slept more than we have in a while. We have a four-month-old baby, and she still takes a night feeding most nights. Too, because my husband has been working overtime and I have been working long hours building my law practice, we have been staying up late. In short, we have a sleep deficit at this point, one that has been detrimental to our work, to our happiness, and probably to our health. But after sleeping more during this holiday weekend, we realized just how much better we are able to face the day when we have had adequate sleep.

So last night after we returned from our trip to south Florida, we decided to set a new bedtime. From last night forward, our intention is to go to bed with a book or magazine no later than 10:00 and to be asleep no later than 11:00. By going to sleep at that time and getting up around 6:00, we get seven to eight hours of sleep compared to the four to five hours of sleep we have been getting each night.

After trying this schedule for a week or more, we may determine that we need still more sleep, but this resolution is a beginning. We realized during the last few months and especially last week that sleep is not a luxury. It is definitely a necessity.


Sunday, July 7, 2013

Living the Good Life

My husband and I were blessed to vacation this past week in Bradenton Beach. We spent some quality family time at my aunt and uncle's beach house on Anna Maria Island. They bought the house recently and have expended a lot of effort into renovating and decorating it. It is really nice! My husband and I were thrilled to get to spend our vacation in such a cozy and comfortable place--and it was the site of some revelations for both of us.

We have had a stressful year. In November, we moved from our long-term home in Virginia to my home state of Florida. In December, we received our last steady paycheck from the United States Navy and moved into our rented house. In January, I started my own law practice. In February, we found out that our unborn baby was a bit underweight and breech. In March, our baby girl was born via C-section. In April, I entered the hospital for the third time in a month and underwent gallbladder surgery. In May, my husband started a new job, and my law practice began picking up steam. You get the picture.

As each day passed this week, my husband and I realized more and more a sense of dread. In evaluating the reasons for it, we realized just how much we dislike the direction our lives have taken this year. The reasons for his dread are between us. But as for me, I dislike the current state of my business and dislike even more the current state of my household. My life is out of order--and I dislike disorder in any form.

So we are changing the way we do business--and home. We want to live the good life! To do that, we intend to declutter our lives, put into place some practices to make our lives and situation less stressful, and even buy some products to make our lives easier and (we hope) more enjoyable.

Tomorrow. Not because I am a procrastinator (although I do tend to be a procrastinator!), but because tomorrow I will post the first task we are completing today to improve our lives. Hint: It involves doing something we don't do as much as we'd like anymore because we are parents of a newborn. :)