Organization, clean lines, matching baskets, tidy boxes—these things bring me great joy.
Every paycheck, with a click of the "record pay" button in my budgeting software, the entire amount gets distributed across rows and rows of envelopes.
The dollars assume their positions. I know what I can spend and where. It's nice and orderly and the money obeys the boundaries I set for it.
But because it is the way life happens (two kids in braces at the same time???), my envelopes are hardly ever overflowing with money. In fact, it seems, more often than I would like, the needs are overflowing. And when the incoming needs outpace the outgoing amounts of money, my sense of orderliness and calm flies out the door and, in my anxiety, I invite in chaos.Read More