My ‘Week Off’ Projects

I took the week off work between Christmas and New Years because I’ve been feeling very burnt out and really needed some time off. A full week of NO work and NO online schooling sounded like heaven. My plans were to do some home projects I’ve been putting off, read a book or two, watch a movie or two, and keep up with my Peloton workouts.

We also knocked out a few doctor’s appointments – dentist appointments for me and Jack, and then a dermatologist appointment for me and a pediatrician appointment for Jack. I mean, we are LIVING LIFE over here. But really, when you have time off as a working parent, you need to get as much done as possible!

Week Off Project 1: Organizing the linen closet

Our linen closet is a catch-all for everything from extra items, towels, light bulbs and paper products. As we go through life, it gets more and more messy… until I finally take a couple hours to rip it apart. For my first project of the week, I went through all our medicine and threw out all the expired products and re-arranged everything so that it fit without attacking you when you opened the door. I also used some boxes that I saved from the recycle bin to better organize everything for free. This whole project probably took an hour or so.

Week Off Project 2: Organizing office crafts/art miscellaneous

Here’s another spot in my house that needed some attention. This organizer shelf contains a ton of different art/craft project supplies, extra office supplies, books and candles. I had thrifted some decorative boxes a while ago, so I spent some time sorting through everything, putting it into boxes with like items, and labeling everything. The entire square full of extra notebooks is a good reminder that I don’t need to buy anymore this year.

Week Off Project 3: Take down and rehang my gallery wall

I had a gallery wall in our living room that had been driving me nutty for years. There were too many frames and they often would be knocked off center… so everything just looked crooked to me all the time. I took every single frame down off the wall, filled the nail holes and then picked just a few frames to go back up. I was also planning to repaint the filled holes… until I found that the touch up paint was fully expired – it was clumpy and discolored and totally useless. Luckily the new frames covered most of the filled holes and the others are barely noticeable. So I’ll have to be okay with it until I decide to repaint the entire living room.

You can click through here to see the before, during and after:

Also, I found this photo hanging kit at Home Depot that keeps each photo frame perfectly straight and it’s a life changer! It’s the PicGenie123 kit and they are super easy to install and then keep everything from moving once they are up on the wall. I love, love, love them and will definitely be using these elsewhere in the house!

Week Off Project 4: Organizing the stockroom

Yup, more organizing. This time I attacked our stockroom areas in our laundry room. This is the overflow area for food that won’t fit in our pantry. Once again, as life happens this area gets super messy as we just throw stuff on there when putting the groceries away. I took about 20 minutes and pulled everything off and rearranged everything. Now, I can see exactly what I have and won’t accidentally buy 2 more packs of cookies when I still have 3 on the shelf.

I’m so glad I finally had the time and energy to attack these organizing projects. Not only did it make me feel good to check some projects off my list. But I feel like I get to start 2021 with a clean(er) slate!

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Unplugging

Okay friends, this is my last post of 2020. I took off of work from Christmas – New Years, so I’m stepping away from the blog until next Monday (1/4). And to be honest, I wrote today’s post before the holiday… so I’m actually already on my break!

I’m planning to read, watch movies, bang out a couple doctor’s appointments, do some home projects that I’ve been sitting on, and maybe do a little after-Christmas online shopping. I’m also planning to keep up with my Peloton workouts and will be giving you all a one-month update in a couple more weeks.

The biggest part of my holiday break plans, is that I’m planning to NOT juggle working from home and Jack’s online school. Which in itself sounds incredibly relaxing after 10 months of keeping all these balls in the air.

You can still find me over on my Instagram account during my little break though, since I love seeing all those Christmas pajama photos that pop up.

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Loving Right Now: The Leveling Up series by K.F. Breene

Source: Amazon.com

I’ve had Kindle Unlimited for years and I’m still loving the $9.99 monthly subscription that allows me to borrow a ton of books from Amazon’s book section.

Whenever I’m running low on books, I’ll scan through the Kindle Unlimited section and download a bunch of options. I recently downloaded the first in the Leveling Up series and by chapter 3, I went ahead and downloaded the rest of the series!

Magical Midlife Madness: https://amzn.to/38jp2mS

Magical Midlife Dating: https://amzn.to/3rc15GI

Magical Midlife Invasion: https://amzn.to/3nBsC2b

Magical Midlife Love: Coming in February 2021 https://amzn.to/3aoXLCn

It’s super hard for me to describe this book series without giving anything away. So here is the description for the first book:

Happily Ever After” wasn’t supposed to come with a do-over option. But when my husband of twenty years packs up and heads for greener pastures and my son leaves for college, that’s exactly what my life becomes. Do-over. This time, though, I plan to do things differently. Age is just a number, after all, and at forty I’m ready to carve my own path. Eager for a fresh start, I make a somewhat unorthodox decision and move to a tiny town in the Sierra foothills. I’ll be taking care of a centuries old house that called to me when I was a kid. It’s just temporary, I tell myself. It’ll just be for a while. That is, until I learn what the house really is, something I never could’ve imagined.

Thankfully forty isn’t too old to start an adventure, because that’s exactly what I do. A very dangerous adventure that will change my life forever. I have a chance to start again, and this time, I make the rules.

I love the kookiness of the characters and the fact that the star of the books is a 40-something woman who takes no shit and owns her age and experience. While I’m still not quite sure how 40 is middle-aged… because I still feel pretty darn young, I LOVE the sassiness in the books and the relationships she has with the rest of her ridiculous team.

I basically inhaled the first three books and now I have to patiently wait until the last book comes out in February. If you’re looking to take a break from real life with a super fun series, I highly recommend this one!

Fun Bonus: Amazon now has Kindle Unlimited plans for 6, 12, and 24-month memberships that can even be given as gifts. So if you have a reader in your life, you might want to check it out:

Kindle Unlimited Membership Plans

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