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November 2014

Fall Back

It's here, it's here! It's finally here! That weekend when those of us who live where we still practice 'daylight saving time' regain that long-lost hour! And everywhere I turn, I hear the same thing. "Yay, we get an extra hour of sleep this weekend!"

Sleep? Really? That's what you're going to do with that sixty minute time-treat?


Aside from the fact that you'll lose it again tonight if you go to bed at your usual bedtime according to the clock, for the chronically sleep-starved, a single hour won't make a bit of difference. So why bother? This year, I decided to do something different. This year, I'm going to actually use that hour for something visible, measurable, and necessary.

This year, I'm going to do chores.

Messy dresser.Yes, you read that right: chores. Specifically, all the little odds-n-ends "to-dos" that have piled up since, oh, about the end of August when the swimming pool closed and the bi-weekly choir rehearsals commenced along with hours of band practice for three gigs with a new violinist, topped off by a surge in business at work that led to regular overtime. Oh, let's not forget my WIP, moving toward the words "the end" slowly but surely. In the meantime, needless to say, I've barely had time to shower, much less stay organized. Now mind you, these piles are nothing huge or unsightly, really, but they're there, mocking me every time I enter the bedroom or sit down at my desk, saying "Haha, you said last weekend you were going take care of me, but here I am, still here! Neener-neener-neener!"

Oh, shut up.

Messy desk.Being a tad on the compulsive side, I can't let this continue any longer. While I don't think my entire world has to be in order before I can move on to more important things, the background mess and the feeling of unease and failure it creates can get distracting. Indeed, without my morning routine of putting away the clean dishes and feeding/cleaning up after the cats while the coffee water heats, I don't feel ready to start the day. Even when I visit my parents, I must start the day by cleaning the kitchen of the previous evening's activities. So being organized is important to me, even if it's a superficial and short-lived organized. My desk and my dresser haven't been clean and organized for months. That's going to end today.

Messy shelf.So I'm setting a timer, and during that hour I'm going to tackle these little chore piles and get them done once and for all. Then, I'm going to set the clocks back and bask in what is left of my Fall Back Sunday, feeling truly like I gained some extra free time, as well as some uncluttered space and peace of mind.