If you're truly serious and truly concerned about the condition of the house and the laundry (I personally am a laundry freak and a sanitation freak, so I "get it"), a little wind-up timer is wonderful.
Set it for maybe 10 or 15 minutes (my fave number is 12) and do housework/laundry for that length of time. Then set it for the same number of minutes and knit/crochet/quilt/whatever creative activity you have promised yourself.
Repeat as needed.
(Possibly) Helpful Tips:
--Jobs which earn money
to purchase knit/crochet/quilt/whatever supplies must come first
, so clothing to wear to said jobs *must* be kept in order.
--No sense in spending hard-earned money buying lunch while at work or purchasing coffee drinks ($3.95 to $4.45 where I live!) when that moolah could purchase knitting needles, crochet hooks, or yarn. Therefore, keep easy-to-pack lunch items
on hand and caffeinated sodas if it's too difficult to prepare your own coffee in the morning before leaving for work. (Besides, have you seen how many calories are in those coffee drinks? OMG.)
--If available, public transit
can save you money vs. driving (gas is $3.779/gallon this week where I live, and that's the least
expensive price). The time on public transit can be used for--you guessed it--knitting and/or crocheting.
--If public transit is not available or the schedules are just too horrible, consider a carpool
, even if there's only one other person in the carpool. This cuts the gas expenditure in half and gives you five out of every ten workdays to knit/crochet to and from work, as long as there's daylight. I need hardly say that it also reduces the wear and tear on your car and your nerves!
--You'll also want something drop-dead simple to put together in the mornings for breakfast
so that you aren't tempted by the 10:00 coffee and doughnuts expenditure (be strong and tell yourself "no; more money for yarn"). My favorite is a smoothie: put 8 oz. milk or juice in the blender, add 1 or 2 bananas, whirl; add 2 Tb. milk powder or other protein powder, whirl again. Done! In maybe 40 seconds. If I want to get "fancy," I add a piece or two of toast.
DCM (in previous lives, a teacher and a professional organizer; can you tell?