One of my biggest slob-problems is my love of Inspiration Based Cleaning.
I want to wait until I feel inspired, but since that rarely happens, the house gets more and more cluttered, and inspiration becomes more and more difficult to find.
Yesterday, I shared Monday’s shoe-pile project. It was Non-Inspiration Based Cleaning, just a total “duh” , that I made myself do after waiting . . . way too long.
But having done it, I was Inspired to do more. Funny how that works.
The dining room table was covered in clutter, but what could I do? It’s summer . . . I’m out of the routine of getting the mail myself . . . and no one else seems to want to sort-walk . . . so it’s beyond help and I’ll probably have to just wait until we’re in a routine again . . . . (big dramatic sigh).
But then I thought about the shoes. I thought about how I had actually put my shoes away last night because I was inspired by the cleared space.
So I spent the next 20 minutes clearing the table. 20 minutes . . . and I didn’t even hurry. Most of the items in the piles were trash, and the rest had “spots” where they could easily be taken. I wasn’t playing the part of the Decluttering Madwoman, but I did manage to resist reading during a potty break, and was overly proud of that.
The table was cleared, and I considered myself done. But then, I remembered this post, and again was inspired to really finish the job. I thought I could justify leaving the swimsuits hanging on the chairs to dry, but not when the items hanging on the drying rack in the laundry room had been there for . . . ahem . . . long enough to be really REALLY dry.
And then, once the table was truly and completely cleared . . . I took this inspiration thing a step further, and remembered a post I had seen by Robyn, where she decorated her table with crepe-myrtle cuttings in a vase.
Flowers in a vase? Me?
But I did it. Part of my reasoning was that I wanted to keep this self-inspiration thing going. If the clear floor by the back door was enough inspiration to put my shoes away, maybe a vase of flowers (free and abundant flowers) on the dining room table will be inspiration to not dump random stuff on it.