We’re headed for Six Flags today!!! And I . . . . feel completely justified treating it as a play day, no menial tasks, much less big tasks, required.
However, there was chicken in the fridge. Chicken I purchased on Saturday . . . and it’s now Thursday. Chicken that says “sell by June 18th” and could start stinking soon. Chicken that has to be trimmed and divided on a Monday or Thursday so that the packaging can go out in the next day’s trash and not make my home smell like . . . . well . . . . dead stuff.
And it’s Thursday.
And by Monday, the shtank would be in full force, and the chicken would very possibly be bad, and my great deal would be completely wasted.
So I trimmed that chicken, put half in the freezer and half in the oven and am pretty proud of myself. The external motivation of a stinky house and 25 dollars down the drain are pretty powerful.
More motivation came this morning when hubby suggested inviting his family over for a Father’s Day Fish Fry. Like tomorrow or Saturday.
I will take this moment to stand and applaud for myself over the fact that my sweet husband would even think this is a valid suggestion. One year ago, pre-blog, I would have given him the crazy-eyes if he had said anything like that. Obviously, his faith in me has grown. And I’m also impressed with myself for not having even a slight pulse-quickening at the thought.
However, it’s amazing how much my eyes open with a bit of external motivation. Especially the kind that ends in -in-law. I suddenly see that I’ve never thrown away those flowers . . . from Mother’s Day. I suddenly have a desire to clean out my fridge. I am suddenly finding that motivation I need to declutter those surfaces in the office . . . especially since I’ve been working to train guests to use the cutesy little half-bath back there instead of the pee-stained kids’ bathroom. For so long, they couldn’t walk through that room, so it’s taken some effort to change their habits.
No matter how much I believe in the value of making our home orderly for the sake of my own family, it always helps to have that outside push.