writing more by writing less [blog] | sharisaurus.com

writing more by writing less

One of my never-ending goals is to write more. To give myself more flexibility, I’ve expanded this to include blogging. In my mental list of endeavors, blogging had been separate from “real writing,” but no more. I’m trying to view all writing as real writing. As long as the focus of the activity is producing words by putting pen to paper or fingers to keys or voice to recorded track, it’s writing.

A strategy I think/hope will help me accomplish the goal of writing more is to write less. Specifically, I can write more if I write less but more often. Stay with me here as I ramble through backstory. Continue Reading

hello 2019 [blog] | sharisaurus.com

hello 2019

2019. It’s finally here. A new year isn’t really a clean slate any more than a new day is, but it’s hard not to consider goals right now. I’m not a New Year’s Resolutions person. My goals on Jan. 1 were the same as my goals on Dec. 31, but I recognize that it seems like a natural time to take stock and start anew. There’s a tendency to want to start projects at the beginning of a recognized time period. Tomorrow morning instead of tonight. Monday instead of Friday. The 1st of the month instead of the 29th. So let’s take stock. Continue Reading

regaining cleaning momentum after illness [blog] | sharisaurus.com

regaining cleaning momentum after illness

I did promise a post about deep cleaning my bedroom, didn’t I? But sometimes (many times) things can’t just be easy. As I was writing this post in the week after my July 4th break, I developed what looked like a strong allergic reaction rash. After it didn’t subside over the weekend, I saw my doctor and was diagnosed with Shingles. Apparently anyone who’s had chicken pox has a chance of developing Shingles because the virus stays dormant in your system until it reactivates during a time of compromised immune response. Did you know that stress can compromise your immune system? Continue Reading

[book review] How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind | sharisaurus.com

[book review] How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind by Dana K. White

Let’s get straight to the point. I loved this book. How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind by Dana K. White is one woman’s experiment in taking back control of her messy house. She passes the successful strategies and habits on to others who treat (or ignore) housework as she did. I listened to the audiobook but I’m tempted to get the print version because I enjoyed it so much. It’s read by the author and she did an amazing job of being engaging. It feels like listening to an understanding friend talk about how they managed to get some semblance of control over their home. Her advice is realistic. She acknowledges that you might need to tweak things to work for you but doesn’t compromise on the main goal of getting your house under control. Continue Reading

ants in your pants [blog] | sharisaurus.com

ants in your pants

I’m slowly accepting that I don’t see messes as they actually are. I’ll have the nagging feeling that something needs to be done about a particular spot, but there are so many of these nagging spots that no individual one stands out and cries “Start here! Start with me! I’m the most important!” Something will have to be done about them in the future because they’re not that bad yet. It’s a lie! They start off as “not that bad yet,” but my mind never upgrades them to “now it’s that bad!” Until something forces me to notice and act immediately. Which is what happened at the end of last week when I noticed a few ants crawling across my bedroom wall. Continue Reading

starting with the kitchen [blog] | sharisaurus.com

starting with the kitchen

I want to dive a bit more deeply into why I started in my kitchen when cleaning my house, what I did to make a difference, and what I’ve learned from sticking with it. If you’re new to my blog, I’ve accepted that I’m a hoarder. And now I’m trying to do something about it on my own terms. I’ve posted about not giving up my de-stressing time to clean. This post is about what I have done and how I’m going to build on it. It’s a long one. Continue Reading

what is "a lot of dishes?" [blog] | sharisaurus.com

what is “a lot of dishes?”

When people say “I really need to do my dishes” or “I have a lot of dishes to wash,” I wonder just how many dishes they mean. Because I’ve said the same thing, but a more accurate way of putting it would be “Almost every usable pot, pan, sheet, dish, bowl and glass in my house is dirty and sitting out. Some may no longer be usable because they were so bad the last time I looked at them that I set them outside just to get the stink out of the house and then forgot about them. I have more dishes to wash than I have the ability to wash in one day.” Continue Reading

Decluttering While Working Full-time [blog] | sharisaurus.com

my honest take on decluttering while working full-time

I’ve been trying to get my motivation up to start decluttering, tidying, cleaning, whatever you want to call it. When I get home from work, stressed just from being around other people, it’s relaxing to be able to use my space without stuff being in the way. To not come home to more work. To not feel closed in and trapped by all of the clutter around me. Except, of course, that clutter is the state of my home right now. Continue Reading

overwhelmed and underwhelming

Anyone else dealing with activity overload? In the month of May, which has gone by so quickly for me, my brain has refused to concentrate on, well, pretty much anything that isn’t super high priority. I haven’t worked on any stories. I haven’t worked on any videos. I’ve done the bare minimum of housework. Continue Reading