Ahh, the crisp air, layered clothes, football games. Who doesn’t love Fall? And the best part about the whole thing? The kiddies are back in school. You heard me; it’s about routines and knowing what’s expected. There’s no more juggling act with your schedule as a mere attempt to maintain your sanity, taking out a second mortgage to afford what’s become your full-time nanny, no more playing referee or activities director. Your summer stressors are o-v-e-r.
Don’t get me wrong I adore summer: the beach, dinners along waterfronts, frosty beverages, weekend trips here, weekend trips there, highlighted hair and tanned skin, sandals, lobster rolls, chillin’ with the fam. But it gets to a point for me where three months of poolside lounging and BBQs gets exhausting. It begins to beg for 6am wake up calls, pre-packed lunches, running for the train, school projects, trips and bake sales. I mean, let’s get back to life and down to business people.
Kids and adults can only maintain that relaxed vibe for so long. That, “hey what should we do today, we have all the time in the world” attitude that is Summer. It’s great for getting us centered and reminding us of who and what is really important in life but, come on, it gets old after while. If we don’t maintain some sort of schedule we begin to feel lost: walking around aimlessly can be a scary thing. I don’t know about you but if I’m not having a productive day, all I want to do is nap. And let’s face it, unless you have a really sweet job that gives you time off all summer long, the kids are the only one truly enjoying the freedom anyway.
And speaking of freedom, who’s watching the little ones while you’re strapped to your desk anyway? It stresses me out. You either need to shuffle your schedule around to bring them to and from their summer activities (which never works) or hire someone to do it. It’s an expensive season. You want them signed up for activities to keep them away from the TV and video games, but how do they get to and from said activities? And what about the days they’re off? You need extra help or you’ll go crazy. Summer sleep away camp is an amazing idea, in and of itself, but of course that’s pricey too. And if you’re a stay at home parent, you’ll go insane (if you’re anything like me) trying to play activities director slash referee all summer long. Kids are exhausting and unless you’re similar in age it’s SO hard to keep up.
So, I welcome Fall and the school year with open, loving arms. School brings a sense of sanity for parents and familiarity to kids. A familiarity that gives them comfort based on structure whether they recognize it or not. Us parents can relax knowing that the kids are in one place for at least 7 hours. Whatever happens after that 7 hours is a story for another day; at least they’re not running free all day long.
Post authored by guest blogger Sarah Doba.
I decided to start my own blog on a random night in April at about 3 in the morning, because that’s when all good ideas are born. I was looking for a job I could do from home and as I was almost suckered into an online scam (also what can happen at 3am) it just clicked that I should write about organizing on a regular basis. I realize it sounds kind of crazy and that’s because it is. But by 5 am I had 20 post ideas down on paper and 10 posts fully written so I knew I was on the right track. Good, bad or other.
After a few weeks of non-stop writing, working with a site designer, jumping into the world of social media, staying up all hours…basically obsessing over this new love of mine, I finally went live this past Mother’s Day weekend. I was exhausted and excited at the same time. Glad to have something of my own, and especially happy to finally put all of the tips that I’ve amassed over the years out there for the world to take advantage of.
I’m working full time now so I can’t dedicate every waking second to my blog, but I still get a kick out of meeting other Obsessors (via social media, natch) and think it’s wild that I get the opportunity to guest blog and consult with other bloggers about this crazy online world. And I’m secretly shocked that the post ideas keep on coming; it’s pretty amazing. I’ve loved every minute of wildlyorganized and am truly grateful for that random night back in April.