I am a little excited to be adding a new non-negotiable task for this week. The last three I’ve added have made more of a difference than I ever imagined they could. For some reason, the daily kitchen sweeping is the finishing touch on the kitchen. I never noticed that it looked that dirty, but now I really notice it looks clean. Picking up clutter off of the bathroom floor means that we don’t have to step on things to get to the potty. The 5 minute pickup got easier everyday, and actually did a lot to change my way of thinking about putting away one out-of-place item before it becomes clutter.
As I’ve said every week, there seems to be an infinite number of daily tasks that need to be added to my list of non-negotiables. But I’m still going vvveeeerrrrrryyyyyyy slowly. It’s working so far, and I don’t want to mess with that.
Starting this week, I’m going to clear clutter off of the bathroom counters every day. I am always amazed at how quickly a cleared counter can become covered with junk. I would like to get to the point where I wipe down the counters daily, but that can’t happen until they stay cleared.
Now, in my effort to be completely honest, I must admit something. When I came home this afternoon, I was excited to have a “clean” kitchen. But, when I made a quick pass through the house, I realized that the breakfast nook (an extension of the kitchen) hadn’t been cleaned and this had escaped my vision. I can’t trust myself to notice a mess beginning to form. This is why I have to develop these habits so the mess doesn’t form.
Yesterday we left the house at 9:45. I got up a little after 7. I have determined in this process that being up before my family is absolutely key. BUT, I WILL NOT GET UP BEFORE 7AM ON SATURDAY MORNING. I won’t do it.
So, in getting my family ready, packing clothes for the night, etc, I completely neglected to wipe off the table, throw away trash, throw out milk and put cups in the dishwasher, or sweep. This took me less than 5 minutes tonight, since it was only one breakfast’s worth, not 5 days worth, like it would have been before I started this blog.
So have I failed? To some degree, yes. But, I’m going to keep going. I’m sure even non-slobs have one day when they rush out of the house without getting everything done. One day isn’t going to ruin my new routine, I won’t let it.