WHAT is my problem? I really irritate myself sometimes.
I’ve been noticing some cobwebs by the ceiling in my hallway for probably a month now. A MONTH! Today I decided to do something about it. So I opened up the coat closet that I could reach without taking EVEN ONE STEP, and I grabbed the long-pole-duster-thingy, WHICH WAS RIGHT THERE IN THAT CLOSET, and I knocked them down. All in about two seconds or less.
Grrr. This is my problem. I just don’t do it. I think it’s some big deal when it isn’t, at all.
I also moved the huge mass of cleaning supplies (I’m a couponer, remember) out of the middle of my bathroom floor back under the kitchen sink. I had moved them when we discovered a leak, and I hadn’t been counting them as bathroom clutter since I couldn’t think of another place to put them and they were only “temporary.” Well, we’re thinking the leak is something to do with rain, because there hasn’t been a drop since we found it, which was right after a huge storm. How it leaks under the kitchen sink when it rains, I have no idea, but it’s supposed to storm again tomorrow, so hopefully we’ll solve the mystery. But as far as the cleaning stuff goes, I was just letting myself have another lame excuse. They obviously survived through the last leak, so they’ll make it if they get a little wet again. Meanwhile, my bathroom was looking yucky instead of nice, like I’d been getting used to. Moving the already bagged up supplies took . . . two seconds.
I have issues with finishing tasks. I often leave about two seconds worth of work left to be done. And I leave it indefinitely. I heard Dr. Phil say years ago that this is because of a fear of criticism. If I leave one detail undone, you can’t really criticize how I did the job, because I’m not actually finished yet. I think this probably does apply to me, and has to do with me criticizing myself. Flylady talks about how slobs are often perfectionists who don’t want to do something unless they have the time to do it perfectly. As bizarre as that sounds to the perfectionist who actually keeps her home clean, it really is true.
Through this blog, I’m trying to at least do the basics every day. Even if I don’t do them perfectly, or if I miss one here and there, my house is a livable home because I’ve done something. If I take two seconds here and there, how great would my home look?