7.02.2012

Little Bites {July}

Little Bites Tip: Do It Now
One of the things that I've slowly been learning is that when I think of something that needs to be done, the best practice is to go do it right away. For example, as I'm typing this, I suddenly remembered that two hours ago I told my husband that I needed to change the clothes from the washer to the dryer. And then I promptly started doing something else and completely forgot to follow through. And now I've just realized that they're still in the washing machine ... so to take my own advice, excuse me, won't you?

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Little Bites {June} Update

1. Spend 5 minutes a day filing paperwork in the office (use timer)
FAIL - the capture and processing of paperwork continues to allude me. 

2. Finish cleaning up PH
PROGRESS - the living room is looking better and we got a new front door installed

3. List washer, dryer, stove, and old front door on Craigslist
LISTED - sold dryer and stove!

4. Design an organization plan for storage in the PH
IFFY - We've got a rough idea, but honest, this is so back burner it's not even funny

5. Spend 5 minutes a day cleaning something in the house (vacuum a floor, dust a table, clean a bathroom, etc.)
IMPROVING - this is still an area where I struggle, but I'm working on picking stuff up as I go through a room, or doing something with it NOW, rather than saying, "Oh, I need to do something with the junk mail", I simply DO SOMETHING with the junk mail. 


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Little Bites Goals {July}

1. Paperwork filing - this has to stay on the list
2. Create and implement a work schedule that keeps me within my budgeted hours
3. Finish uploading and creating missionary mugs for our church
4. Iron 5 shirts a week (my ironing pile is getting a little big with Peter's new job)
5. Re-list washing machine on Craigslist, clean up backyard, take load of metal to recycling center

The July calendar is already filling up, so I'm trying to keep my goals to a realistic level.

What will YOU be working on this month?

7 comments:

  1. Ooooh gosh. so organized! i'll probably pause mid commenting to go and do some tdying up.....!

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  2. Ooooh gosh. so organized! i'll probably pause mid commenting to go and do some tdying up.....!

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    1. Thanks, Sophie! Organized is one thing - follow through is another...!

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  3. Hi, so weird cultural/climatic question: you guys need to use dryers even in summer? That quite unfortunate!

    Keep up the good work! xx

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    1. Hello friend! No, we don't HAVE to use a dryer, we WANT to (and I doubt that I'm in the minority in the U.S. - I can't think of a house in our surrounding neighborhoods that has a clothesline outside). It's one of the things I missed the most while we were gone - I HATED line drying, so it's worth it to us to use the dryer. However, if money were really tight or the economy totally crashed, I'd throw up a line and do what I had to do - though I would seriously miss my soft sheets, towels, and t-shirts. ;-)

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  4. :) That's so interesting - and probably explains the US visitors we've had where I work who were surprised/shocked and dismayed not to find a washer-dryer in the house, something that hardly exists here! Wouldn't line drying be more environmentally friendly though? xx

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    1. Hahaha! Sorry, just thinking about those U.S. visitors - it would absolutely explain their reaction. As for your question, it's an interesting one, which will probably end up sparking a future post. :-) Before I write it, however, I'd like to hear your thoughts as to why you think line drying would be more environmentally friendly than using a dryer (other than the lower electric bill).

      Hmmm...which makes me think I need to add some context as well. Unlike S.A. and Mozambique, we aren't subject to frequent power cuts due to a lack of electricity. There is no shortage, and it doesn't have to be rationed. On the rare occasions that we lose power, it's due to a storm, routine maintenance, or a blown transformer on a power poll, not because too many people are using electricity.

      Also, unlike Lesotho or Mozambique, where we paid for our power on the front-end, in the States we pay for what we use each month. The meter man drives by, gets a reading from our electric meter on the side of our house, and then we get a bill for the power usage from the previous 30 or 31 days. There is no pre-paying for electricity (or water) as we did in Africa. Truth be told, we watched our usage more over there because we didn't want to run out and have to go buy more. That's not an issue here.

      ANYWAY - would love to hear your thoughts/reasons for line vs. dryer and the environment question...and be looking for a post about this topic in the future! Thanks for the give and take - I LOVE IT!!! :-)

      Blessings!

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