Nov 28, 2021

Here’s the for my podcast episode for Nov 28, 2021:

https://anchor.fm/alexandra-mars1/episodes/Sunday-Talk-with-Alexandra-Mars-Nov-28–2021-e1aum3r

Here’s the link for Monday’$ Topic for Nov 22, 2021

https://anchor.fm/alexandra-mars1/episodes/Mondays-Topic-ADD-Nov-22–2021-e1aph0u

Here’s the link for Sunday Talk on Nov 21, 2021:

https://anchor.fm/alexandra-mars1/episodes/Sunday-Talk-Nov-21–2021-e1apgi6

The War on Clutter

Here’s is the link if you would like to listen: https://anchor.fm/alexandra-mars1/episodes/The-War-on-Clutter-e1aed8g

Have you ever wondered why some people are born with organizational skills and others have to learn those same skills? Or have you wondered why people allow clutter to build? I have been thinking about those questions lately, dealing with my war on clutter.

There are people born with minds that can easily organize items and if they grew up in a family with an organizational plan, and learned it. Organizing items becomes easy and painless for those individuals, maintaining a clean home and clutter-free is very easy for them.

Then are people like me who battle with clutter, and the war does not end. Ugh! Why do I struggle with clutter building in my home? Lately, I have been asking myself that question a lot. And I have come up with some answers to that question.

When a person gets used to clutter, it becomes normal. Until an unexpected visitor stops by, reminding that person having a cluttered home is unhealthy.

Yes, I said it, having clutter around you all the time is unhealthy. It can affect your mood, your health, and your mental state. Clutter can cause you to fall or hurt yourself. The main reason, why I keep fighting against the war on clutter is because I want my home to be safe and productive for me. I don’t want to worry about an unexpected visitor coming to my door.

People who can spot clutter in their homes need to understand people who live with clutter have a difficult time spotting it. When we do, dealing with clutter is so overwhelming that we don’t know where to begin. We walk away. Ugh! Our homes are a huge mess!

I don’t know how many times that I have walked away from clutter! Because I was frustrated and angry at myself, for letting it get out of control in the first place. I did not have the skills to deal with clutter or the understanding, that when you spot a small clutter pile starting, that’s when you nip it in the butt!

I never understood when I was staying in a place that was well organized and I had no trouble following the system. I could keep my space clean and tidy without any issues. Once I return home, my old habits arose again, and soon my place was out of control. It never dawned on me that the reason why I would return to my old habits; that I never had an organization plan that fitted my needs for my home.

People who are born organizers understand the need to have a organization plan within their homes to keep their homes clutter-free. This is what I desperately need for my home, but my problem is I don’t know how to develop a plan.

After watching my hand therapist and her team in their workspace, I am very impressed with how they keep their work area clutter-free and very tidy. I noticed they always get the items from the cabinets and when they are done. They put those items in their designated space to be used by the team member.

I explain to my hand therapist that I was impressed with how well organized they were and how clean the work area was. So, my therapist explained when she started working there that the place was a huge mess and unorganized. That it took her and the other therapist almost ten months to get it organized. I found that statement enlightening because I was always under the impression that people who had those organizational skills could get things done very quickly. I never thought that they also have their own struggles, when designing an organizational plan. She and her coworker stayed committed to getting their workplace organized, and their dedication shows how clean their work area is.

I understand why I had failed all these years to keep my home organized and clutter-free. I gave up too soon, in my war because I became overwhelmed and frustrated with the process. Organizing isn’t easy, for ones that have organized skills they can see their outcome and stay committed to their task. All I can see is the clutter instead of my goal.

Now, I must be committed to my plan of organization and remember to do what I can by using baby steps. Clutter didn’t happen overnight in my home and getting my home cleaned won’t happen overnight, either. If I stay committed and create a system that works for me, then I will achieve my goal.

Nov 5, 2022

Last night, I edited two chapters of my manuscript. I am starting to get immersed within my story again, and that is a very good thing. Since I have been away from it. It’s also good to have distance away from the story, looking at it with fresh eyes at the material that I have already written to help find the errors and make sure that the plot is understandable to the reader.

One thing I realized from being away from my story so long is that I need better notes; so I know how to keep things going on within the plot with the new changes, and some of the ideas that I had previously thought about before I became sick. I’m hoping the new software that I using will help with that in the future. And I did make a lot of notes in my previous draft and that is helping quite a bit.

The plot is strong and my cast of characters is developing nicely, but there were some changes that I wanted to make within the story, and I just haven’t found those notes. What I wanted to do is coming back to me, which is a good thing. So what I have learned about this is that I need to make well-detailed notes or have a better outline for future manuscripts. Because when I do get sick it does take a lot out of me physically and mentally, and I need to be prepared for that.

November 1, 2021

It is November and after a month, allowing my body to heal from my sinus infection and then have a flare-up. I had decided to allow my body to heal before I start to editing process again.

Now, my right hand can now handle spending more time working on the computer. I feel it is time to start working on my manuscript once again and start revisiting the ideas for my plot and my characters.

It is time to read and study my manuscript and edit it again. These characters are worth it because I believe in the story that I am telling.

This week, I will be looking at my notes and rereading what I wrote, and I will do that after hand therapy today.

Oct 21, 2021

Here’s the link for Wednesday’s Topic: https://anchor.fm/alexandra-mars1/episodes/Wednesdays-topic-update-on-my-goal-list-e192rms

I am very proud of myself, I finally decluttered my desk! After I released Wednesday’ Topic, and I cleaned my desk by getting rid of things that I didn’t need. It is nice to see that area looking nice and organized too.

When having Rheumatoid Arthritis can make it difficult to clean. For me, I find it easier to do my deep cleaning into sections and then do a maintenance clean, like doing laundry, picking up trash, and putting things away.

After being sick, and dealing with a flare-up, and now, I am behind in my chores. I refused to do the catch-up game, so, I just start where I am at. That helps me not to feel stressed out.

Another, thing that I am doing, if there are items that I no longer need or want I am getting rid of them. That helps me to reduce on the clutter.

It also helps to have realistic expectations of what I can get done in a short time period or during a good day when I have energy.

My goals for this week of Oct 17, 2021

These are the things that I want to accomplish this week to help me to get back on track with my schedule.

1. Decluttering my bedroom

2. Work on my laundry

3. Read Dune

4. Work on my outline

5. Editing my manuscript

7. Create mock book covers for my outline and manuscript

6. Get back in the routine of exercising

How many lists of things to get to get done helps me to get back on track after dealing with a major infection and having a flare-up. Perhaps, my list of goals will help somebody else dealing with Rheumatoid arthritis.