January, Here I Am!
Ah, January. How I love thee. Seriously. When else do you get to take down a boatload of decorations, get things clean and tidy, and resolve to get more organized? For a neat freak like me, it boils down to a whole month full o' fun. I've been tackling projects around the house bit by bit, and I've got a LIST of things I want to do this year. I think I'll have to tackle a room a month. For instance, we moved into this house a year and a half ago, and most of the walls are white. It's a huge, airy house, and the white walls work, but I think I'm ready to add some color. So besides painting and throwing some color around, I also want to tackle the laundry room, closets, storage areas, and (gulp) p...p...pa....paperwork. Actually, our paperwork is fairly organized. It's more the "if-I-died-tomorrow-would-anyone-know-where-the-important-stuff-is" concern. I am the CFO of our family. Besides being very well-versed in all things adoption related, I am the bill payer, budgeter, receipt keeper, investment organizer, etc. I have all the account numbers, passwords, and bill pay power. So if something happened to me, then my beneficiaries would be up the proverbial creek. I aim to get that taken care of. So for this month (besides quietly taking part in 30 days of nothing) I want to get our affairs in order.
1. Create a master list of what to do should I die. (So uplifting, I know, but absolutely necessary.) Leave David with instructions of how to access all accounts, corresponding passwords, bill pay instructions, monthly to-do instructions, investment/college fund instructions, and on and on. Even lame things like my library pin number. If David is planning a funeral, the last thing he needs to worry about is if my library books are overdue. (Which I guess they would be if I were dead.)
2. Get a system together for my kids' school papers. Please excuse me for a moment while I stuff a sock in my mouth and scream. Okay, I'm back. This project stinks. Big time. I don't save gobs and gobs of art projects and spelling tests, but I save enough from each year to remember that year. Throw in school pictures and report cards, plus some track and field day ribbons, and you've got yourself a problem. So this month I want to change all that.
3. Organize our music. Three kids, five instruments, and a lot of sheet music = a big headache for mama. I need to figure out a way to corral all that and make it easy for the kids to keep tabs on it, and more importantly, put it all away when they're done.
So there you have it. And seeing that we're 10 days into January, I need to get crackin'.