Last week I declared that I was going to enjoy the final weeks of summer . . . and I am.
We had errands/fun-things-to-do on the three days designated for specific cleaning tasks, and the one morning we were home was spent catching up.
When I put the vase and flowers on the dining table, my desired result was continued inspiration. I hoped that clutter-dumping would be more difficult on a decorated table.
Turns out, I was right! This morning, my husband brought me the mail. This may not seem like a big deal, but let me put it another way.
He didn’t dump the mail on the table as soon as he brought it in.
Last year, as I worked to develop habits, I did quite well at sort-walking. Meaning, as I brought in the mail (typically after picking up kids from school), I walked straight to the trash can and threw away anything that wasn’t needed, and then filed the rest in the file-box that is near the trash can. It made a huge difference in our paper clutter, which made a huge difference in our just-inside-the-front-door dining room table, which made a huge difference in my level of door-opening-willingness.
But in the summer, hubby comes home for lunch and often gets the mail and leaves it on the all-too-convenient table.
See? This morning’s event was significant!
I asked him if the fact that the table looked not just clean, but nice, made any difference in his decision to not dump junkmail on it.
His answer, “Yeah, I think it did.”
My goal for next week, while continuing to enjoy the last weeks of summer, is to build on this “clean inspires clean” theme. I want to do a few more small projects and see if they can produce similar results.
And just so you know, my husband is totally fine with me telling this story. In fact, when I published my Thursday post, I immediately got an email asking why I hadn’t told it yet.
That man cracks me up.
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