Confessions of a Crazy List Lady
(Sigh!!!!) So here it is. I am a self-diagnosed, compulsive, crazy list lady. My daughter will be ecstatic when she reads this as she has been telling me this for years. I was in denial. I make lists for everything. I make them at home, at work, at the gym, and even wake up in the middle of the night to start or add to an existing list. I have a shopping list, a honey-do list, a personal to-do list, a bill paying list, a list of meals available at any moment in the freezer and pantry and the most important list of all, the daily chore list.
Why it all Began
I began making lists several years ago out of a desire to feel as though I had accomplished something throughout the day. easch list has a purpose and is treated as an indivudual member of my "to-do staff", helping me accomplish tasks and creat order in any given chaotic day.
The Shopping List
The shopping list is open to all members of the family. The person who notices an item is low, uses the last of something, or needs something writes the item on the list for the next shopping trip. If someone wants something they are more than welcome to add it to this list, although the final purchasing decision is made by me. The Shopping list is located conveniently in the kitchen. It can be found at the end of the counter or magnetically attached to the refrigerator. Again, I must reiterate that purchases made from the shopping list are done so at my discretion.
Honey do this!
Moving on to the honey-do list. I'm not going to mislead anyone at this point. The honey-do and personal list in my house, might as well be one and the same. This list includes minor and major household repairs, vehicle maintenance, etc. I like to think my husband will get around to the tasks on the list, but I know better. Sure things get done sooner or later, but usually sooner if I do them myself.
Bills, bills and more bills!
The bill paying list really isn't a list at all. It's a small pocketbook calendar that I can carry in my purse. In it I write who I owe and the amount owed on the day it is due. I note paydays on the calendar so that the bills paid coincide with a payday. When a bill is paid, it is marked off and the date paid is noted.
I'm not so obsessive that I keep a running inventory of every fresh, frozen, canned or boxed item in my pantry, refrigerator or freezer. Yet! What I do have is a list of the meals that can be made with ingredients I have on hand. This allows anyone who is home and available on any given day to choose something for the list they can cook and have dinner ready when the rest of the family returns home. When a meal is cooked, it is marked off the list. suggestions for meals rolls over to the shopping list. If it's a reasonable request, the needed ingredients are added to the shopping list and purchased on the next trip to the grocery store.
The daily chore list is by far my favorite. I included everything I want to get done during the day on this list. It includes, but is not limited to, laundry, dishes, sweeping, mopping, cleaning the bathroom, dusting, sorting recyclables, taking out the trash, and otherwise seemingly trivial task. As I complete each task, I mark it off of my list. There is nothing more rewarding than having each item on the list marked off! Mission accomplished!
Reality Sets In
I enjoy my lists! In a perfect household, this is the way my lists would work. They would be added to, marked off and remain current. I refer to my lists daily and for the most part they serve me well. My family, however, forgets to write down things we have run out of like milk, bread and cheese. Most of my trips to the grocery store result in a return trip because I have forgotten something that should have been on the list but was not. As for the honey-do list, I don't expect my husband to eagerly jump at the chance to start a task off of the list, much less complete one. So I am pleasantly surprised when, from time to time, he actually starts and finishes a honey-do task. Finally, who am I kidding with the meal list? Like anyone else is going to take the initiative and fix dinner. I use the list, mark it off, add to it and hear "not meatloaf again". As far as someone else using the lists? I can dream, can't I?