After a 3 year hiatus, I’m thrilled to say my “Summer Staycation” is back! This is a little tradition I started several years ago where I take the entire 4th of July week off of work to:
a.) Host our annual 4th of July Party.
b.) Do anything else I want.
It’s an opportunity to take time off for no reason at all. No illnesses, no airports, no appointments, no worries.
It’s my time to recharge my batteries and find my center. For some that might mean a week of rest and relaxation, but for me – this year, at least – it means getting stuff done.
If you follow me on Facebook you’ve been seeing all the fun I’m having getting ready for our 7th annual 4th of July party, and after that my priority for this week is to get my house back in order – ooh, I’m giddy just thinking about it!
I have barely organized anything in our house (other than corralling toys) since getting pregnant in 2009 – which means that for the last 3 years things have been coming into our house, and nothing has gone out. Our house is now bursting at the seams and I can’t take it anymore! This week I am kicking off the Summer of Purging. I am going through every closet, every drawer, and every cubby in this house and getting rid of anything and everything we no longer need, use, or love. I plan to purge this house of at least one-third of its contents when all is said and done. We might have a garage sale, we might try to sell some things on Craigslist, or we might just donate it all to Goodwill and call it a day. I honestly do not care where it goes or how we get rid of it, as long as it’s all out of my sight!
Other things on this week’s wish list (I’m calling it a “wish list” instead of a “to-do” list because I get “to do” anything I want on my Staycation; those are the rules) include working on Kate’s Big Girl Room, finishing up a couple of home projects, doing some writing, continuing my half-marathon training, picking out tile for our kitchen backsplash, test driving cars…and, of course, taking a little time to slow down and enjoy the view.
|Photo taken just prior to my 8 mile run through Madison’s Arboretum on Day 1 of my 2012 Staycation.|
Thinking about taking some time off for yourself, too? What would your Summer Staycation goals be?
Interested in seeing how much of my Staycation “wish list” I get accomplished this week? Like All Things G&D on Facebook – where I’m posting daily pictures and status updates of my fun and productive days – to find out!