First up a disclaimer: I am not going to give an update every week, but as this was my first full week working, I have lots of thoughts from being new at this working mom thing.
I now have one full week in the books at my new job. It has been well over a year since my last office job and it was only part time. I’ve worked for years from home as a blogger, and before that doing direct sales type jobs with the last one being with Noonday Collection–still one of my favorite companies.
Last Sunday I worked to get all the clothes washed and put away. My son has a small, streamlined capsule wardrobe. My daughter has more clothes than is really a capsule, but most things interchange pretty well. I have few “work” clothes and am working on building a capsule wardrobe for that. I don’t want much more than I have now, just maybe one more pants or skirt that will work with all the tops I have. Each evening I laid out clothes for my son and had my daughter choose hers as well. I also decided on an outfit each evening, except Thursday. I regretted it Friday morning because I went through several before I could decide.
My hours are 645-345. Currently my husband is mostly working from home which has been great because he was able to make dinner most evenings. I bought lunch three out of the five days last week and I feel the results of that even though one day I ate a salad. I plan to mostly bring food from home, but need to plan that out and purchase things that will be easy, such as sandwiches, etc.
Again, with my husband being home more currently, he really helped out with this. I’ve already deteremined that its going to have to be a little cleaning at a time because I don’t want to have to do a massive clean on Saturdays. I want to save the weekends for hiking, seeing friends, and other fun things. Wednesday evenings will probably get some of the cleaning as that’s when one of my favorite grocery stores has rotisserie chicken for $5. So I don’t have to cook a full meal.
Routines were great in a couple of ways. First of all, I’m nervous about my job and everything is really new to me. I tried to keep my mornings simple and routine to make life easier. I cut out a step in my beauty routine just to give a little more time. I also parked in the same place everyday so that I didn’t have to think about that. Maybe in a couple weeks, I’ll figure out the best parking situation.
Secondly, I can easily come home and just drop my stuff on the bench by the door. However, knowing that clutter begets clutter, and because I’ve had a strict routine for my kids’ after school, I was strict on myself and I’m glad for it. I remember Marie Kondo also talking about this. She would come home and put everything in its place. Since I only have one main everyday purse, I’m not needing to empty it as she did hers. So when I got home and gave out hugs to the kids, I told them I needed ten minutes to change and put things away. That made it easy for getting out the door without misplaced items.
This transition time is going to be like “survival mode.” For now, we won’t be adding in extras and I’m not going to give into the “guilt” that I KNOW can so easily creep in. I am confident that for the time this is the right decision for my family. Once I’m more comfortable with work and managing the necessities at home, I’ll get back to the occasional decluttering, etc. I’m also confident in the things I’ve learned in recent years about trade-offs, saying no, etc. Greg McKeown in his brilliant book (affiliate link), Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less says, “The life of an Essentialist is a life lived without regret. If you have correctly identified what really matters, if you invest your time and energy in it, then it is difficult to regret the choices you make. You become proud of the life you have chosen to live.” I’ve made long strides in identifying what really matters and look forward to the change and all that lies ahead.
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