Catching Up on Life

Since I don’t remember the last time I had a day to just hang around my apartment and get stuff done, I decided to take advantage of my day without plans today and not make any plans.

I woke up and went for a five-mile run. After Friday’s long run and yesterday’s sorta-speedwork, I thought my legs would feel really tight and sore, but I felt remarkably strong the entire time. Whew.

I got back and knew there was some cleaning to be done. I just happened to go visit Diana’s blog and saw that she was doing a Get Organized Challenge.

Sweet. That’s what I need to do. While I’m really bad at formally following challenges, I am going to try to commit to do the following three things to keep me a little more happy (since a clean house equals clean mind for me.)

I am going to refuse to go to sleep unless: all laundry is put away, there are no dishes in the sink and there’s nothing on my kitchen counter. That’s totally doable.


I started by going through this massive stack of paperwork. (It was actually more massive before I got to it.)


And then filing it away in my little storage cube, since a desk is not something I have room for. Fellow NYC people with limited space: where/how do you store your paperwork??


I’m going to put all this away, I swear.



And finish unpacking bags from weekends away and gym trips.


Lunch was a bunch of leftovers from the other night–chicken, grilled vegetables and salad.

Are there any cleaning tasks you refuse to go to sleep until you’ve completed them?

11 comments on “Catching Up on Life

  1. Ashley

    I cannot sleep if the dishes aren’t done. I actually have this compulsive need to clean the dishes as soon as we are done eating, which doesn’t bode well with my husband strategy of ‘letting them soak’ for 4 hours. 😉

  2. Ash Bear

    We had the same issue when we moved here but have since come up with two systems. We get rid of anything we really don’t need and we store other things under the bed in rubbermaid filing systems.

  3. Nicole

    I hate going to sleep if there are dirty dishes in the sink. I always think that will attract bugs and that is not ok. Ick.

  4. Debbie

    definitely cleaning the kitchen after dinner. i cant relax unless i know my kitchen is spotless. of course, im also the person that cleans BEFORE the cleaning lady gets there. the gal who cleans my AZ house recently commented how neat & tidy things are when she arrives. yah…sadly that doesnt just happen by magic….

  5. Jen Correa @ Mom's Gotta Run

    I try to never leave dishes in the sink. Everything else sometimes has to wait. Too much to do with two kids, work, my pup and the house. On any random day, you will find a load of laundry on my couch to be folded and put away. You just haveto pick your battles 🙂


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