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.

Daily Checklist

Today I:

Made bed.

Emptied dishwasher.

Swept kitchen.

Cleaned kitchen.

Mopped kitchen.  (It’s Thursday.)

Made to-do list (at 5 a.m. in an attempt to be able to go back to sleep, since my mind was racing).

Hung up clothes in master bedroom.

Closed cabinet doors.

Checked bathrooms for clutter.

I’m so glad I made myself walk around the house, list in hand.  While checking for clutter in the kids’ bathroom, I saw the baseball uniforms in the hamper.  Each of the boys has another game tonight, and the uniforms HAD to be washed.  We’ve gone with “good enough” plenty of times before, but Tuesday night’s game was particularly dirty.  In addition to the muddy knees, one of the boys was privileged to have another player spill red Gatorade all over his lap.  Who ever had the bright idea for white to be the standard color for little boys baseball pants must never have been a parent. 


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