It’s Sunday, and that means that it’s time to add a new non-negotiable task for the week. I’ve been debating about this one. I could add the swish to the swipe from last week. Flylady calls the daily bathroom quick-clean the “swish and swipe.” This would mean that when I wipe down the counters and toilet in the bathrooms, I would use the toilet brush and a little cleaner to swish the toilets each day.
I could also add laundry. Laundry has been better since I started this, just because I am staying more focused on the house in general. But it is FAR from being under control. Last week I had to move the clean laundry pile back and forth from the living room to the master bedroom more than once. I moved it, but I didn’t fold and put it away. I also had three mornings in a row when I had to search-and-sniff for a pair of wearable socks for my boys. Each time I told myself that I had to remember to do a load of whites, but it wasn’t until Saturday that I did.
My point is that there are so many things I could add, and these two are just a fraction. But, I’m still feeling overwhelmed by the daily wiping down of the bathrooms. Unlike other tasks, this one still feels totally unnatural, even though I did do it each day this week. It slips my mind, I resent it, and I haven’t seen the light about it, even though I should have, since my bathrooms are looking (and smelling) so nice. I think that part of the reason for this is that I need to make it a more time-specific task. This needs to be done first thing in the morning or last thing at night, so we can wake up to clean bathrooms. I think first thing in the morning sounds the best, but it doesn’t seem realistic because I don’t want to wake my kids by cleaning their bathroom at 6 am. So I’m going to try to do their bathrooms in the evening after they go to bed, and mine in the morning when I very first get up. Here’s the fear I have: I don’t want to fail just because I put a time on something. I’m not going to count it as a failure if I have to get up from my daily checklist post to do it because I forgot the night before. But I am going to be honest about when I did it. And I’m going to put a post-it note on the computer to remind myself when I shut it down before I go to bed.
I’m frustrated with myself for not adding a new task this week. It feels like I’m copping out. Maybe I am. But I also know that I don’t feel that the bathroom task is under control at this point. I would rather get this down than add something else and end up overwhelmed. This is going to be a long process for me to break the habits I’ve had for my entire life, and build new ones.
Thanks for sticking with me. It means a lot.