Random Rambles… Where I’ve Been

Just in case you’re wondering where I’ve been the past couple of weeks, I thought I’d post a little update this afternoon.  If you’ve been reading Storywood Designs for awhile, you know that I sometimes joke about getting distracted by spontaneous projects and joke about having ADD.   Well… it’s like I always tell my boys… when someone jokes and teases about something, oftentimes there’s an element of truth underneath it and they’re feeling a little insecure.

Two weeks ago, I sent the following text to some close girlfriends about a furniture piece I planned to finish last week… “No, I am going to finish (the bench).  In fact, I was working on it this morning.  Until I thought about my jammed vacuum cleaner and then found myself taking the screws out of that to fix it.  And then instead of going back to the bench or vacuuming I came upstairs to list my chairs for sale on Facebook.  I got upstairs, forgot to list the chairs for sale on Facebook and jumped in the shower instead.  Then remembered to list the chairs on Facebook while I was drying my hair.  Got bored drying my hair and stopped halfway through to list the chairs on Facebook.”

 Storywood Designs Getting Organized

In response, my friend sent this back.  Laughter is the best medicine…that text makes me laugh everytime I see it!

The honest truth is that I’ve spent the past few months feeling increasingly scattered and unable to get anything done.  I’d stay on the go from morning to night, not stopping to sit down.  But when the day was done, I had a hard time coming up with things I’d actually completed during the course of the day.  I’d started lots of things… but following through and finishing was another story.

Looking at the way I run my life, I realized quickly that things needed to change.  I’m 38 years old, have two busy, young boys, a family and house to coordinate, after school and volunteer activities to participate in and a business to run and I have never kept a calendar.  When I type that out, it’s sounds ridiculous…. because, let’s be honest…  it is ridiculous.  Part of the reason I’ve gotten away without a calendar for so long is that I’m very rarely late to anything… in fact, most times, I’m early to scheduled appointments.  I very rarely forget things that I’m supposed to do and places I’m supposed to be, but they “sneak” up on me… I tend to remember them at the last minute and as a result, am scrambled and stressed out getting things done on time.

And so, in an attempt to take back control of my life, I’ve spent the last couple of weeks working on client projects and working to organize myself.  I’m using a my calendar and to-do list on my phone, clearing out clutter and things we don’t need and use in the house any longer… I’m determined to make a change.

I apologize that things have been a little quiet around here, but that’s about to change.  I’m almost done sorting, selling and donating the things I needed to get out of the house, I’ve decided I like working off a calendar and a list and I’ve got Storywood Designs projects lined up well into spring.  As always, thanks for reading and supporting me (and all the crazy that comes with me!).  If you have any go-to organizing tips and tricks, please share with me… I’d love to hear them!


  1. Claire Adams says:

    If you give a Moose a muffin…..I completely get it! I’m the same way. We could commiserate together, but then I’d lose track of my reasons and my projects and….vicious cycle!
    Proud of you for conquering the case of the distractions and getting scheduled. Hope to see you soon….ready for pool time/summer. :)

  2. You’ve got this kiddo! I began using a calendar when I was in your season of life- 3 children at home, husband building a business, home to manage. It helped a lot since I, too, had and still have a tendency to be scattered. Now 25 years later, I use my phone’s calendar and list app. Long story short, if I can do it, so can you! :-) hugs and blessings on your day, Karen

  3. I totally understand! I have a paper calendar that I use to organize everything. Yes, it’s a bit dinosaur-ish, but it keeps me sane and organized. I can’t wait to see the upcoming projects. P.S. I loved the text! Too hilarious!

  4. I can totally relate Holly, being on the go all day and then not feeling like I really completed anything. I wish I could just have one full week or a month with no distractions to get all those “to do’s” done, but in reality that will never happen, so instead it’s just squeezing time in here and there. I could not live without my calendar, mine is paper too but it works for me. Have a great week : )

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