January 2019 Progress Report

January was rough. And long. And somehow went very fast and I lost all track of time. It was like 2018 but in month form.

Pounds lost: 3
Books read: 8
Books bought*: 0
Donated items: 6 trash bags, 3 bankers boxes
Sold items: 0
Subscriptions Cancelled**: 1 (Farm Fresh to You)
Categories/Places tidied: Clothes (me), Books (me), Papers (household), Laundry Room, Pantry
Overall feeling about keeping the house clean and previously tidied areas tidies: Just Ok about the house and great about clothes.

I kept up with putting my own clothes away the same day I washed them and all of my dresser drawers are still tidy. The house was going pretty well until I started decluttering the kitchen and office supplies and stuff exploded everywhere and I finished the room itself but have a giant still to be sorted/put away pile.

I did keep up with the bathrooms and the dusting/sweeping pretty well for most of the month but then the kids got sick and I got half a cold and everything slipped a little. That’s also what happened with my low carb plans. I did very well the first half of the month but then once anything goes sideways with my sinuses all I want to eat is carbs, specially chips and cookies. I made poor choices. I had actually lost much closer to 7 pounds in the first few weeks of the month and then gained 4 in the last 10 days.

I started some of the adulting research I need to do estate lawyer, taxes, financial management check, finding the kids a new dentist and pediatrician, but honestly I didn’t follow through on that much. The kids have a dentist appointment at the end of February and there’s a whole bunch of to-dos for the beginning of February. Kindergarten pre-reg, summer camp sign-up madness begins and a few other things. So not a total loss, but not feeling like a whole new person who has it together yet either.


Things I’m Using This Month

Things 3 (mobile) – Using this for to do lists, reminders, and developing a recurring cleaning schedule
Carb Manager – Using to track carbs (sort of. I hate tracking carbs. But this easily tracks net)
Happy Scale Weight tracker
Zero – Intermittent Fasting Tracker
Goodbye, Things 
The Year of Less
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
Tidying Up with Marie Kondo (show on Netflix)
Nailed It, You, Great British Baking Show (Shows on Netflix that I have on in the background while cleaning and sort)



*One of my goals is to make it though the kindle books I already own or get ebooks from the library  and buy as few books as possible this year. I have dozens from the last few years I have purchased but not finished or even started.

**Another goal is trying to cut down on mindless/passive spending and subscriptions I don’t use or don’t really need


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