Yesterday was Day 2 of a migraine. I’ve had headaches for years. They used to last 3 full days – not usually the flat-out-on-your-back-in-the-dark kind, but the annoying, nagging, please-talk-quietly-around-me-and-keep-the-lights-low, just-feeling-kinda-yucky kind. They are now lasting 2 days instead of 3 – yes!, maybe because I know more now of how to keep them more at bay. First, you catch it right away before it has a chance to get really bad. After that, for me it’s a combination of ibuprofen and caffeine. I can’t normally take too much caffeine. But when I have a migraine, a grab a can of caffeinated pop (usually Dr. Pepper) and treat myself to a bar of dark chocolate. Almost makes it something to look forward to – almost!
Well, as I said, yesterday was Day 2 of the requisite two day migraine and I was scheduled to drive over 2 hours to pick up my kids from Grandma & Grandpa Camp. Besides that, I didn’t feel like I’d accomplished all of my goals for my week of decluttering without kids. Could I get into the basement for one 15-minute session?
Here was my Flight Plan for the day: I posted pictures and updated previous postings on our local Buy & Sell site with items already cleared from the basement. Then I headed for the basement with two timers. I set one timer to count up and one timer to count down from 15 minutes. When the 15 minute timer went off, I continued on until I finished what I was doing. The count-up timer let me know how much time I actually worked. And here’s what I accomplished:
After clearing out a box of craft materials, I was able to take a bag of x-stitch pattern books, material, and etc. to my mother who will put it to much better use than I have. Then I got back to the shelves that I had started earlier in the summer and found them and the bins on them to be covered in a film of dust. Easy to take care of, but what a difference it can make!
By the time I decided to stop, three shelves down, I had spent 32 minutes total in the basement – or two 15s. Not a lot of time or effort, but a significant accomplishment in the decluttering battle!
I had time to pack for overnight, take a short nap and shower, allowing time for last traces of migraine to dissipate before heading out for my 2-hour drive. Nice accomplishment for the day!