It’s this time of year when I started to go a little crazy. In December I’m certifiable, but it’s right now when I start feeling things slipping away from me. Orders are starting to pick up, the days are getting shorter (which always makes me sleepier), and right now I’m in the middle of a large wholesale order as well.
The first thing to start slipping away is the clean house that I have been striving for all summer. The laundry starts piling up, the dishes aren’t done right away, we have a few more of those nights where we eat instant food (a can of beans and tomatoes and jalapenos is my ideal instant dinner), and on it goes until I feel out of control.
Like most mothers, I have too many jobs. On top of the “governess” job, I am also the housekeeper, gardener, and chef. On top of that I run my own business, I am in charge of book keeping, production, packaging, shipping, customer service and of course all the custodial and IT work as well.
And the question comes to how to restore my sense of balance? How to restore my sanity?
Something waldorf teachers do (so I’ve read) when the kids start acting up is to begin restoring order to the environment. When the things around you are neat and orderly, it helps your mind be more calm and ordered. So that’s where I start.
I take a step back from my “real” work, and I start putting the house and basement and office back in order. It’s very hard with all these orders piling up and these customers (only in my mind) screaming at me to get their orders out yesterday! It helps to put on some music, that drowns out the imaginary disgruntled clients.
After I’ve picked up and put away, then I need to get back to my routines. Last year at Christmas time, I swore to myself that I would not let it get that crazy this year. Crazy is when you wake up at 6 am (when you went to bed at 3 a.m.) and work every second of the day. When you take your oiling to the pool with you so your son can swim while you work. When you stick your finger into the bandsaw blade because your brain is a bit addled, and then spend the whole ride to the emergency room calling yourself all manner of names, because think of all the work I’m going to miss while this heals!
So the routines are what I’m counting on to save me this year. Plus I got my wholesales out of the way before the holidays. When things get crazy, I just need to remember to take a step back. Breath. Recreate order in my environment. Then I can get back to business.
Speaking of which…
What do you do to get yourself and your family back on track when things get crazy? Tomorrow I’m going to post about the ways I balance my business and taking care of my son.