I have issues.
If you’ve read this blog before, you already know that. If you haven’t, it won’t take long for you to figure it out.
I’m a slob, BUT I don’t like to waste time. Doesn’t make sense at all, right? Issues.
I love Tackle it Tuesday (this linky party is no longer live.) It seems pretty much tailor-made for this blog. I’m blogging to stay focused on changing my slobbish habits. Tackle it Tuesday provides bloggers incentive to tackle something around the house.
So what’s my problem? I really considered not doing it today. I have several deadlines this week and the most visible rooms of my house look great. If someone walked in the front door, I wouldn’t even have a little heart attack. As long as they don’t open ANY doors, they’re totally welcome here.
One of my big issues is that I often view cleaning as a waste of time. If no one sees it, then why worry about it? This is so wrong. First of all, I’m calling my family no one. I would NEVER do that in any other situation. They are my top priority, but when it comes to cleaning, somehow they don’t count. Second of all, I love it when things look nice. So I don’t count either, I guess. Cleaning gets pushed right on down the priority list as soon as anything else comes along.
I knew that I couldn’t skip it, so I thought of something. Something that “mattered.” Not like the scary master bedroom, scary closets, scary office, etc. Something that really mattered.
I have a kindergartner this year, and the teachers bring the kids out to the cars and open the door, and . . . look . . . inside. For a slob, this is torture.
I often clear a 1ft by 3 ft square right at the van door that they open. I pretend that they don’t see the rest of the van. I also convince myself that they don’t notice my “workspace” on the passenger side of the front. This is my coupon space. Like I said, I hate wasting time, so I clip coupons while I’m waiting in the pickup line at school. I also do this whenever we go somewhere in the car with my husband driving.
It was baaaadddd. In the last few days, I went through my files and pulled expired coupons, and did what I always do. I threw them in the floorboard.
This is a great system when I actually throw them away as soon as I get home. Not so great when I don’t, which is about 9 times out of 10. I live in dread that the teacher will need to have a little conference with me when she comes to the car and will open that door, sending the coupon scraps flying. And, even worse, my husband gave someone a ride on Sunday night. In the van. The shame.
So for Tackle it Tuesday I took the 5 minutes to throw away the coupon scraps. Why don’t I do that more often?