If you read regularly, you may have noticed that every Wednesday, I get behind.
Wednesdays are my day to leave the house early and go to Bible Study, run errands, etc.
So my focus is not my home, because I’m not in it. When it comes to home organization, I’m very much an out-of-sight – out-of-mind kind of girl. Hence the fiasco that is my Master Bedroom.
Now here’s where I admit that although my kitchen is 1000 times better than it was pre-blog, and I almost always have a sink free of dirty dishes, and never have to break out the wedding china to eat frozen pizza because every other dish is dirty, I do still justify leaving some of the big stuff soaking overnight in the sink and then washing it the next morning. I could go on and on about how I shouldn’t do that and work up some kind of guilt trip, but really, at this point, I’m okay with it since overall, things are so much better.
But on Wednesdays this is a problem. Because I’m not home to do the “finishing touches” in the morning, the dishes sit there until the afternoon when I get home, and then I don’t feel like doing them and then I start supper and then there’s more big dishes and then, and then, and then . . . .
So on Wednesday evening, and even Thursday morning, my kitchen is getting dangerously close to being in pre-blog condition. And on the two Thursdays a month that I have a meeting, I make very similar excuses . . . and Friday requires a total kitchen overhaul.
But today is Wednesday, and today is different.
I’m starting to think ahead. I’m not good at it yet, as evidenced by my forgetting to turn on the dishwasher last night. But I’m starting.
Living in the moment is a great acting technique, but it is not exactly the best technique for keeping a clean house. Keeping my home out of chaos means that I have to think ahead and decide how I’m going to act/react. “Tomorrow’s going to be crazy, so I need to be sure to get these big pots washed so they don’t pile up.”
I think my grasp of this concept was brought on in part by my successful laundry routine adjustments of the past few weeks.
I know that every Wednesday is crazy. I know that I never, ever FEEL like doing the dishes on Wednesday afternoon. (Actually I never FEEL like doing the dishes at all.)
Pre-planning reactions onstage = bad acting.
Pre-planning reactions in the home = good housekeeping.