Cleaning and organizing is front and center this week, which is pretty funny because I don’t like to clean, and while I like things to be organized, they never seem to stay organized.
I didn’t think I was going to have much to Think Out Loud about this week, and then just a couple of days before this post suddenly a few ideas popped into my mind. They even actually stayed there until I could write them down.
I really do not like cleaning
That is all.
I would have made a terrible mother
My brother always says he thinks I would have made a great mother. Ha!
See #1. I don’t particularly like cleaning up after myself, but you know what’s even worse? Cleaning up after other people.
Don’t ask me why cleaning up after the animals doesn’t bother me. I mean, I’d rather not do that either, but I guess there’s something about the fact that they can’t do it and it needs to be done, so it doesn’t bother me the way cleaning up after humans does.
I want to be that Zen person
I really do. You know, the one who lets little things like a phone repair shop taking three times as long as they said they would and after all that time not handing you back a fixed phone just roll off my back?
Well, no, I wasn’t zen about it. At all. I didn’t go all Dr. Jekyll on them, but I made my displeasure well known, well known to the other customers in the shop, and asked for a discount.
When I finally picked up the phone on Monday (yes, this time it got fixed), they said they gave me a discount due to the trouble, but as far as I can tell they billed me the full amount. I didn’t even bother to ask about it, I just wanted out of there as fast as humanly possible.
Why didn’t I just get a new phone?
As I was telling Karen @ Frenchinspiration, part of why I can afford to travel to halfs is that we live below our means in many ways. One of those ways is our cell phones. Heck, until a year and a half ago I didn’t even have a smart phone.
But Mr.Judy found us a plan that doesn’t require a contract, and you can adjust text, phone, and data (all separately) as needed on the fly. And you share the text, phone, and data. Most months we pay less than $30 for both of us.
We are not power users, though. Clearly.
I wold tell you the name of the plan, only it’s no longer available. We are grandfathered in, for now, at least, but we were pretty sure that they were no longer activating new phones.
So yes, I paid roughly $80 to fix the screen on my phone, but we’ll make that money back quite quickly with our savings on our plan as opposed to finding a new plan and buying new phones.
No doubt someday we’ll have to move on and we’ll be paying more, but it’s nice not to have the pressure to do it right this minute.
I became obsessed with Marie Kondo
Have you heard of Marie Kondo? I’ll admit my obsession is similar to my approach to Galloway: I haven’t read her book (although I’ve read some of Galloways), I’m not following everything, but I did become totally obsessed with her folding method a few weeks before I left for my half.
So there I was, with a million and one things to do, running around like a nut to all these different appointments, desperately trying to get someone to fix my phone before we left . . . . and obsessively folding all my clothes.
I’m still doing it, by the way. I have a lot of clothes. Far too many, no doubt. Having to hang at the mall for hours the last week didn’t help on that front, either.
But I’m beginning to be able to actually see what I have!
Before I was always hunting for — and sometimes not finding — my tees and tanks even when everything was in drawers and “neatly” folded. It still doesn’t look all that neat, but now I can actually find things!
And speaking of cleaning . . .
I swear ever day Gizmo takes all the packing paper out of the box, and every day I’m putting all the wrapping paper back in the box.
Calm is the new favorite
Ok, with all the traveling, packing, unpacking, cleaning, phone drama, half, etc., I don’t think it’s been a very calm May.
But I am digging the Calm app. It’s gotten me back into meditating. Although I can’t seem to go more than 5 days before I forget to do it, but sometime I double up on it — shouldn’t that count?
I think it’s a shame that every decent meditation app seems to require a yearly fee. Unless they’re adding all sorts of new stuff, why can’t I just pay a one time fee and be done with it? I still think this app was worth every penny, but some of the meditations are free so you can just stick with those, and at least you get to try them out before deciding whether or not you want to shell out money for the app.
I particularly like that there are a lot of different topics, and each topic has guided meditations in varying lengths, usually 2, 5, and 10 minutes. We all need a short break once in a while, right?
Do you meditate?
Have a favorite meditation app?
Have a good organizing tip?
I’m linking up with Amanda at Running with Spoons for her: