I had moments of nobleness yesterday. Really, I did. I had plans to do a five-minute pick-up (which with four people actually makes a decent difference), but then time slipped away and I decided to not bother before we headed to the pool.
Thankfully, I DID empty and reload the dishwasher, sort laundry and start a load.
BUT, just like with decluttering, I learned (again) a lesson about the beauty/necessity of tackling the most visible stuff first.
If only I had done a five-minute pick-up, I wouldn’t have cringed quite as much when we brought an extra kid home from the pool with us. I love this kid. Seriously, he’s so respectful and never casually asks why our car/house/whatever is soooo messy. But I still would have preferred to not have my Slob Vision cured quite so suddenly as tends to happen when someone comes into the home I’ve been successfully ignoring.
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 (This was half-way done because we did sort laundry which is half the bathroom-clutter-battle around here.)
Do a five-minute pick-up (I did this AFTER coming home with an extra kid. Ugh.)
Our extra task for today:
Laundry. We missed Laundry Day on Monday. I have no idea why and I really don’t want to talk about it . . .
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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