I didn’t add a new non-negotiable last week. Since I didn’t get back until Monday evening, it really never occurred to me, and things were so off schedule last week that it was a bit pointless anyway.
I’ve managed to not let the house become a total sty this week. Just a half-way sty. I’ve tried to be “aware” of the clutter and the need to clean up the kitchen, etc. However, this week has been a reminder that while that works for normal people, I’m not normal.
I’m not good at noticing the little things that need to be done before they turn into big things.
Hence the blog.
So I have to get back to being diligent about the daily tasks after a week of loosi–goosiness. (Yes, spellcheck, that is a word, thank you very much.)
I mentioned yesterday that I could feel the non-negotiables coming on regarding the master bedroom. The master is by no means perfect, since it was way past the get-it-perfectly-clean-in-only-ten-hours stage. But it looks tons better. It is now in the state where I won’t be inviting people into it to show it off, but I won’t pass out cold if they open the door. There are three laundry baskets of who-knows-what that were probably dining-room-table-emergency-clean-offs that have to be gone through. We’re having a party on Tuesday night, so my plan at this point is to put them in my closet just for the party. I know that isn’t ideal, but I don’t see myself having time to go through them before the party, since I will be deep cleaning the rest of the house for the next two days.
But I must say that it feels really good to know that the next two days can be devoted to deep cleaning, rather than one day of crazy-frantic-throw-everything-in-the-garage decluttering and one day of surface cleaning.
So, back to the non-negotiable. It’s a simple one, but one I don’t do. It’s really such a “duh.”
I’m going to hang up and/or put into the laundry my clothes/hubby’s clothes immediately (or at least daily) instead of laying them on something thinking that I’ll do it later.
I can’t tell you how many items of clothing I “found” when working on the master this weekend. Things that I just “didn’t have the time” to hang back up after deciding to wear something else. Then it happens again and again, and pretty soon they have fallen off of the pile, behind something, or under the bed, and may never be found again. I even found a few things that missed an entire season.
Sometimes I start to feel that I’m wearing the same few pieces over and over and over. I know that I have other clothes, but I just can’t seem to find them.
HELLO, THEY’RE IN THE PILE!!!!!
So there you have it. A very simple, do-able task, but it is an essential habit that I must develop to keep our bedroom from getting back to what seems to be its natural state.