Yesterday, I was off my rhythm.
Which reminded me how incredibly important rhythm is for me.
When the timing of my dishwashing routine gets wonky, the kitchen stays out of Disaster Status, but it doesn’t look as nice.
But I did the dishes. Sometimes, being off the ideal rhythm makes me want to throw in the towel. I think I’ll wait until the “best” time, but by that time things are way more overwhelming and I want to give up completely.
I also did a five-minute pick-up. Again, I had to get over my ideal scenario. It’s summer. The kids are home. 5 minute pickups should be a family affair. But at the moment when I dug in my heels and decided to tackle my ultra-basic checklist, they were at various activities.
Oh, how the good mama in me wanted to wait until they got home to do things right.
But the realistic me won. Realistic Me knows there’s a
50-50 80-20 chance that Good Mama will totally forget about doing the five minute pickup later. And then it will never happen.
So I did it. All by myself. I knew that if I did remember, our house can always benefit from a second 5 minute pickup anyway.
And it was a good thing, since it never even occurred to me to do another one.
I love this fun and crazy and unscheduled time of year with my kids, but the lack of routine sends my house into chaos!
For the summer, I’m focusing on the four simple habits that will keep (or bring) any home out of Disaster Status.
Here’s how we did:
Do the dishes
Sweep the kitchen
Check bathrooms for clutter
Do a five-minute pick-up
Our extra task for today:
Nada. Still enjoying the fruits of Monday’s labor!
How did you do today?
Share your own success and failures in the comments!
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If you’re completely overwhelmed at even the thought of the four habits listed here, don’t worry! I totally understand! I recommend my books: How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind and Decluttering at the Speed of Life for a step-by-step guide to getting your home out of Disaster Status.
If it’s your first time at ASlobComesClean.com, welcome! Right now, we’re totally focused on helping our homes survive the gloriously routine-free summer! Regular blogging will resume when school starts in August! Until then, find out what goes on around here the rest of the year by checking out my decluttering strategies (based on WAY too much personal experience) and my free printable checklists. See my advice on getting started.
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