Motherhood

From Nothing To All The Things: BuJo Update

Remember this post when I revealed to you just how off the BuJo wagon I had fallen? All those large swaths of empty unused pages. All that missed opportunity to be even more organized!

Well, my friends, has the pendulum swung in the completely opposite direction (I feel like that could be a memoir for my life – see this post and then this one, just a little over a year later)!

This month I have found an unknown wellspring of inspiration and time to sit and make some really satisfying BuJo layouts that aren’t just pretty (which is nice in and of itself, don’t misunderstand me), but that also genuinely help me meet my organizational needs.

First, check out this monthly spread. It has everything I need. I’ve been modifying my monthly layout a little each month, seeing what works, what doesn’t, etc. etc., and I’m really satisfied with this one.

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I found a sort-of template for it on Pinterest and then thought about what I used and what I didn’t need. I like how I have a tracker right there, a mood chart, a space for goals and then even a quote! An actual inspirational quote. It’s, well, inspiring. Whatever. Do what works for you.

I did the same for the weekly template. I liked my June template, but it didn’t really work for me (there were some compounding factors, whatever, it’s cool). I don’t want too much space for the daily boxes, so this smaller format really appealed to me, plus there’s space for meal planning, my shopping list, my to-do lists, etc. We’ll see how it goes.

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And as if all that weren’t great enough, LOOK WHAT ELSE I DID!

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I don’t have cleaning help at the moment. The people who I was using for, I don’t know, about a year, at least, totally ghosted me. They didn’t show up one day – a Friday, no less – and didn’t respond to any of my texts. Didn’t response to a Facebook message either.

That was about three weeks ago. It was super rude and shady, and I was very disappointed, because I thought we had a good working relationship. I have seen them less than a block from my house, cleaning somewhere else, so it’s not like there was some debilitating physical event that kept them from answering their texts. Ahem.

In any case, this loss of cleaning help dovetailed with our son’s therapist no longer taking insurance, so the amount of money we are saving on cleaning actually can now go toward this new expense, so I am going to try my hand at, yes, cleaning my own house for the first time in a very long time.

I actually like cleaning, and I have always preferred my own cleaning to someone else’s, but time and energy being finite, it’s something I’ve been happy to outsource. But no more!

At first I was trying to clean my house erev Shabbos, since I try to be mostly done with cooking by Thursday night, but it’s just too much. So I needed a plan. And, since I’m newly energized with my BuJo situation, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to make a beautiful plan.

Also, I had a mind-blowing conversation with my friend Bracha who revealed her next-level ninja status of being amazingly organized with laundry, and I want to try to be more organized with laundry, because it’s always getting out of hand. Even if I try to motivate myself by watching something fun while folding it, it Does Not Happen. And then my kids are like “MOM I NEED SHORTS” and I’m all “GO LOOK IN THE YELLOW BASKET ON THE FLOOR IN MY ROOM” and yes, it’s a functional system, but it gives me low-grade anxiety.

So behold my plans, all my organizing plans. Will it work? Will I crash and burn anyways? Time will only tell, so you’ll have to just wait until next month (or whenever) for me to tell you how it turned out.


Featured Photo by Estée Janssens on Unsplash

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5 thoughts on “From Nothing To All The Things: BuJo Update

  1. I check in every so often and I must say that it’s beautiful, and don’t take for granted that among your organizational gifts is being able to read your own handwriting. Trust me on this one. :)

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