One of my biggest slob-problems is my love of Inspiration Based Cleaning.
I want to wait until I feel inspired, but since that rarely happens, the house gets more and more cluttered, and inspiration becomes more and more difficult to find.
Yesterday, I shared Monday’s shoe-pile project. It was Non-Inspiration Based Cleaning, just a total “duh” , that I made myself do after waiting . . . way too long.
But having done it, I was Inspired to do more. Funny how that works.
The dining room table was covered in clutter, but what could I do? It’s summer . . . I’m out of the routine of getting the mail myself . . . and no one else seems to want to sort-walk . . . so it’s beyond help and I’ll probably have to just wait until we’re in a routine again . . . . (big dramatic sigh).
But then I thought about the shoes. I thought about how I had actually put my shoes away last night because I was inspired by the cleared space.
So I spent the next 20 minutes clearing the table. 20 minutes . . . and I didn’t even hurry. Most of the items in the piles were trash, and the rest had “spots” where they could easily be taken. I wasn’t playing the part of the Decluttering Madwoman, but I did manage to resist reading during a potty break, and was overly proud of that.
The table was cleared, and I considered myself done. But then, I remembered this post, and again was inspired to really finish the job. I thought I could justify leaving the swimsuits hanging on the chairs to dry, but not when the items hanging on the drying rack in the laundry room had been there for . . . ahem . . . long enough to be really REALLY dry.
And then, once the table was truly and completely cleared . . . I took this inspiration thing a step further, and remembered a post I had seen by Robyn, where she decorated her table with crepe-myrtle cuttings in a vase.
Flowers in a vase? Me?
But I did it. Part of my reasoning was that I wanted to keep this self-inspiration thing going. If the clear floor by the back door was enough inspiration to put my shoes away, maybe a vase of flowers (free and abundant flowers) on the dining room table will be inspiration to not dump random stuff on it.
I’m linking this up to Works for Me Wednesday over at We are that Family, since I know of nothing that inspires me more to make progress in my deslobification process . . . . than progress.