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Apr 27 2010

Tossing and Turning

Since Sunday, I have been working on my first two resolutions: get more sleep, and maintain household cleanliness. So far, heading to bed by 10 has been working out pretty well for me. At 9:30 each night, I’ve gone into the bathroom to start getting ready for bed. Then, I get in bed and read for a while, lights out only a few minutes after 10. My problem is that then, I suddenly feel wide awake. I close my eyes and breathe deeply, but all I can think is I was so tired a few minutes ago. Why can’t I sleep?

It hasn’t helped that the upstairs neighbors decided the other night to suddenly do a hammering project at 11 pm, or that my allergies have been so bad I can’t breathe through my nose. Despite obsessive nasal rinsing and prescription allergy meds, I just can’t seem to get it under control. I am really looking forward to allergy season being over!

On the home cleaning front, I have taken some of Gretchen Rubin’s advice and adopted two easy principles. The first is the “Less than One Minute” rule, which is, if it will take less than one minute, do it right now! For example- you just ate a granola bar. It will take less than one minute to throw the wrapper away, so you should just do it now. If you don’t then you will have a whole pile of granola bar wrappers lying on the coffee table. The second is the “Tidy Up Before Bed” rule, which is, take 10-15 minutes before getting ready for bed tidying up. I have found that this significantly reduces the amount of cleaning I have to do when I go for a deeper cleaning, and I wake up to a neater apartment.

So, I’d say over all I’ve had a good start to my new project. I haven’t noticed an increase in energy yet, but I can definitely stand to be in my apartment a lot more, and it doesn’t make me completely crazy to come home. The next big step is to reduce clutter- that is, to find homes for things that don’t have them and to clean out my closets. This will be a lot harder than just throwing trash away and tidying up, so wish me luck!

2 Responses

  1. I have the same problem when I go to bed early… Or even late sometimes! I wish I had better control over my sleeping.

    The “less than one minute” and “tidy up before bed” rules seem like good ideas. I’ve been trying to be better about the granola bar wrappers and at least getting the dishes TO the sink (and the past week or so I’ve been pretty decent at getting them washed, too!). But I should try tidying up before bed… The condo could sure use it!

  2. My motto has become: do I use it? If not, it goes out. Some of the items have been tough and there are some I’m still pondering (see my post about the old doll)

    My Facebook friends keep their eyes pealed to see what I’ll offer next!

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