October 26, 2013 12:50 PM Subscribe
What tasks should I accomplish during a week off in between jobs to improve the state of my soul?
posted by thenewbrunette to home & garden (13 answers total) 17 users marked this as a favorite
I've just concluded five years of a job that was very taxing, and have taken a week off to try and give my life a semblance of order before the new one begins. One of my reasons for switching jobs was a sense that my life was often fraying at the edges : perennially messy house and car, laundry piled high until it became unbearable, being delinquent in responding to letters and emails from friends, and a chronic frazzled state of affairs that was unpleasant for myself, my partner, and my family.
Aside from laundry, cleaning the fridge, getting the oil changed and the car washed, sorting through old clothing and donating extraneous things, I'm seeking practical tasks I can accomplish that will yield short-and-long term benefits.
Practical details: both I and my partner work full-time and have two kids under the age of four. Live in Minnesota so we're girding ourselves for winter. Children will remain in daycare for the week, and I'll take some time each day to do things I enjoy (museums, walks, write to friends with whom I've fallen out of touch, coffee by myself and with friends). We have a cleaning person who comes every two weeks but often spends too much time "tidying" rather than deep cleaning.
I've familiar with Apartment Therapy's "Home Cure" and am looking for something similar, extending beyond the physical confines of the house.