Murdo Girl…Not SMART enough, yet

I don’t mean to hound you. I know how much I hate to be reminded of things over and over again, but I am still in a teaching mode and you are in a learning mode. If you’re not doing this along with me right now, at least tuck it away for future reference.

There is more to SMART goals than the acronym. There are steps to take that will help us through the process. The first one is a big one.

Anticipate obstacles you will be likely to encounter and preconceive, which means think of and idea ahead of time. That way, when the obstacle rears its ugly head, you will be prepared because you preconceived.

Example: Your goal is to take a trip to Hawaii in June of next year. An obstacle might be that you won’t have enough money saved up by then. A solution would be to figure out the total, divide that amount by the number of months you have to save, and commit to putting that amount of money into savings each month. If there is no way you can put away that much, then your goal is not achievable, (The A in SMART.)

A solution to the dilemma might be to extend the timeline. If you can’t do that, don’t give up on your dream or your goal. That’s why God made plastic…Just saying.

If you have to lose twenty pounds before you go to Hawaii, do the division thing and don’t attend any birthday parties, which would be considered an obstacle.

If you’re 5’2” and you want to be 5’7″…your goal is not (R) Realistic.

So, do you get it? Don’t be afraid to pose questions. Teachers like questions.

Queen E is getting rid of her excess hattage. She finally figured out she only has one head and she has to wear crowns sometimes, too. Lav and I have offered to take some off of her head. She said no to the crowns and I only have room for one hat.

Let’s think about my goal, which is to get rid of my clutter and accumulations so that I can float through life unencumbered by material things. I have set the deadline for one month from the day we move into our tiny home. I know what you’re thinking. By the time our tiny home is ready to occupy, I’ll be ready for a medi-pod. That’s the new thing being shown on the internet. It’s designed for the sick and elderly to live in their kid’s backyard. It comes complete with a loud bell and a louder bullhorn.

By material things, I mean stuff. I will keep anything of sentimental value, like my Beasterhops and my nutcrackers. If any of my kids wanted my nutcrackers, they could have them now… except the ones my grand-kids picked out and gave to me for Christmas. I would want to keep those. They’re so adorable.

Camilla needs to grow a bigger head. That first hat looks like a commode seat.

Whatever you keep, you must have room to display. Your clothes must fit in your closet. I guess you can switch out your seasonal clothes. It makes it easier to choose what to wear. You don’t have to look for your sleeveless top hidden under your thermal jacket.

Let me amend that rule. Don’t take me literally. You need not display all of your everyday dishes or any of your linens. I don’t have guest towels. If a towel is hanging on the towel bar, feel free to use it. I try to keep nice towels and I wash the ones in the guest bath after each use. Of course, that’s no longer a worry because I will no longer have a guest bath. That’s okay. My house is so small I can clean it every thirty minutes.

Even Queen E. Cleans. Here she’s shown cleaning her nails.


Enough of that line of unreasoning.

I do intend to rid myself of things like my George Foreman grills in two sizes, my Belgian waffle iron, and the regular waffle iron. I’ll part with the single serving omelet maker, the juicer, and two out of the three diet shake mixers. I’ll also get rid of the spices that are too old to be any good. I have five containers of sage and I have only cooked two turkeys in the last two years. As soon as I’ve wrapped up this blog, I’ll put all of this in my minima…list notebook. I’m sure glad I got the large size. I’ve got a long way to go.

Just look at the size of Queen E’s book!


16 thoughts on “Murdo Girl…Not SMART enough, yet

  1. scoper07 April 8, 2018 / 9:16 pm

    I ams what I ams!!!


  2. scoper07 April 8, 2018 / 2:47 pm

    Now that’s funny!!!

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    • Mary Francis McNinch April 8, 2018 / 9:01 pm

      Only a boy would think that was funny. The shed is mine, all mine. No bathroom facilities inside.

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  3. scoper07 April 7, 2018 / 3:50 pm

    Have you noticed the little shed in the back of the yard Lav?

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    • sanjuan831 April 8, 2018 / 2:18 pm

      Yes. Are you saying that’s bathroom #2- no pun intended?!

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  4. sanjuan831 April 7, 2018 / 10:38 am

    I wouldn’t be so organized as you are on getting rid of stuff. I just need to have my own bathroom and my husband have his own.

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    • Mary Francis McNinch April 7, 2018 / 10:58 am

      Dear pretty organized,

      The solution is as plain as the nose on your face. You have a big house. Walk down the hall and use the other bathroom to apply make-up, shower, etc. I did that when we lived in our 2 story. It worked great!


      • sanjuan831 April 7, 2018 / 1:30 pm

        Zackly. BUT I was wondering what YOU are going to do in the TH. Does it have two bathrooms?

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  5. scoper07 April 7, 2018 / 7:40 am

    You’ll have to be careful which Queen E hat you select. Most of hers would take up a lot of space. You’d probably have to store it on the roof!

    I have trouble getting rid of stuff because every time I do it won’t be long and I’ll need that very object. It’s funny how that works.

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    • Mary Francis McNinch April 7, 2018 / 11:02 am

      Dear trouble getting rid of stuff,

      Nonsense…Sell your “items” to a friend. When you need an “item” borrow it from said friend. There is a solution to every obstacle.


  6. slmret April 6, 2018 / 9:37 pm

    Even thinking through the space I will have available is an effort well worth it! Do I have room for ~ ~ ~ will become a strong mantra!

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    • Mary Francis McNinch April 7, 2018 / 5:24 am

      I know…I finally decided I won’t totally know until I get in there, but I will e’re on the minimalist side.

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  7. lifelessons April 6, 2018 / 9:17 pm

    Just reading this exhausts me. I’ll build more closets! ;o)

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