From Our Mailbox: Timing Myself

From Our Mailbox Timing Myself at
Nony here: I LOVE this real life example of the effect of breaking through delusions by using a timer! A reader shares her real-life results when timing herself while doing daily tasks. Don’t stop reading until the end. The magic happens on Day Two. (Just like it always does with the daily tasks that haven’t been daily in a while!)
You say to time yourself just to see how long it takes to do a chore. I decided to time myself sweeping the floor.
It took about 13:30 from start to finish. (I could have been faster but I stopped to care for kids a couple times so it was more like 10-11 mins.)
From Our Mailbox Timing Myself step by step at
1) Before
2) Everything swept into a pile
3) I have a large open wood floor and I have found sweeping everything into one large pile and then putting the stuff away is easiest for me, otherwise I am running all over the floor picking up random stuff and it just makes me dizzy
4) After I put the stuff away and just left with trash and the after
5) Upon seeing the after I decided to do a 5 min pickup for my counter…still messy but better.
You are an inspiration to me. I am getting consistent with my dishes so this week I am adding sweeping my floor. I am teaching myself routine!!  THANK YOU!!!
And look what happened when she carried through with Day Two:
Yesterday I sent you an email about timing myself sweeping my kitchen/Dining Room. Yesterday it took me around 13 minutes to sweep, put away all the stuff I had swept into a pile and sweep up the actual trash/dirt and throw it away.
Jump forward to today I swept again and timed myself again and would you believe it, it only took 5 minutes!! That included stopping and talking to my daughter for like 30 seconds. It does get easier.
So far I am doing my dishes and I am sweeping my floor. I was having a really hard time with my dishes until I started loading it throughout the day, now my dishes seem to be doing themselves!! (if only)
I think my next habit will still be in my kitchen area (I have a great room so kitchen, dining and family room all in one). I think It will be clearing my counters and table daily, but first I need to get used to sweeping everyday! - From Our Mailbox
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From Our Mailbox: Doing the Dishes DOES Make a Difference! - From Our Mailbox

From Dana/Nony: I LOVE this comment Stella left recently on this post. It’s such a great example of how a system, ANY version of a system, makes such a huge difference!

Dear Dana,

I am proud to say that my dishes and sink are now clean nearly every single day. It’s not a perfect system, I do the dishes in the afternoon and then we cook dinner not long after. This means the kitchen is clean for cooking, it’s just not clean for breakfast and lunch. But it is sooo much better than it was before I took your advice to the dishes every. single. day.

I resisted and resisted at first, but I pushed through. Now it feels so much easier, I don’t feel as resentful and I’ve surprised myself several times doing them much later on those days when I’m sure I’m just going to skip them because the daily routine is all out of whack. I find myself doing them because I don’t want to be doing them the next day when dishes math comes into effect and it takes 3 times as long.

Because we don’t have children I can also give myself a day off from dishes once a week. Friday afternoons I wash the dishes and we have takeout. It’s my night off from cooking. This means I can take Saturday afternoon off from dishes (our most crazy day for not having a routine). We don’t have a dishwasher.

Thank you Dana. A clean kitchen makes so much difference!


Stella from

That link to Stella’s blog is to her decluttering posts!


If you’re wondering about all this Do THE DISHES talk, check out my e-book, 28 Days to Hope for Your Home.



Not That Bad

It’s been one of those weeks.  Monday the kids were off of school so we traveled an hour to spend the day with friends.  Tuesday I was at the school all day helping count money for the upcoming fundraiser.  Wednesday I went to Bible Study.

So when Thursday arrived and I finally was able to be home, I spent the day catching up on writing assignments.

I know.  You can hear the excuse coming, right?

Honestly, the house wasn’t that bad.  We cleaned it up for our church’s home group meeting last Sunday afternoon.  Then we were gone most of this week.

As I did my Bible study this morning, I was thinking that maybe I could get away with one more day avoiding housework.

And then I looked up and saw this:

Yep.  Paint and brushes and newspaper.  Baseballs and mail and more.

Honestly, it ISN’T that bad compared to what it could be/has been.  But if I spent the whole 40 minutes it took to go through the whole not-that-bad house and pick up TODAY, then Sunday afternoon I won’t have much to do and maybe I can take a nap!   Wa-hoo!

Here’s the after:

And that right there is my real definition of: Not That Bad.


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