Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Good Habits to Change Your Life

When I first became a stay-at-home mom I was thrilled for the simple fact that I would be home enough to keep my house as orderly as I would like to.  I had visions of spending naptimes happily scrubbing grout with a toothbrush and every surface being free of dust and grime. Well, that dream went quickly out the window as it became apparent very quickly that two kids can WRECK a house in 5 seconds flat. This made for a very frustrated and upset mommy.

Now we know that we can make things fabulous 15 minutes at a time, but what about the rest of the time?  Are our bad habits continually creating the chaos we live in?  

One of my favorite things about the Flylady method is her Babysteps.  Adding one good habit everyday for 31 days.  Two of these habits completely changed my house and they seem insignificant, but I promise...they work!

Make your bed!  Seriously, your mother was right, you need to make your bed every morning.  Now I purposely moved the camera a bit to the right so you can see the clothes and stuff on the floor.  My room isn't perfect this morning, but the bed is made and the orderliness of the bed sort of overpowers the stuff on the floor.  This way, when I go to straighten my room later, it is much less overwhelming.  Does that make sense?

 SHINE your sink and keep it clear!  Your sink is not the dish collector.  I used to (on lazy nights) put all my dishes in the sink nicely stacked, intending to put them in the dishwasher the next morning.  The next morning I wake up to a cluttered sink that I can't use and an all around mess.  Plus, you are making a lovely breeding ground for bacteria (ew).  It takes 3 more seconds to put items in the dishwasher and if you have to put things in the kitchen quickly, put it on the counter.  I am much more likely to put away my dishes if they are on my counter staring at me.  You would be AMAZED at how clean your kitchen will stay if you do this.  TRY IT!

Now here is a little praise report (haha).  A few weeks ago I organized my tupperware.  I thought this was a futile effort and that it would be trashed again in a week.  Well over a month later and its still tidy!  Taking an extra 5 seconds to properly put my tupperware aware instead of opening the door, throwing stuff in without looking and moving on, has made a real difference.  Taking a couple extra seconds to do thing properly means LOTS of extra minutes for Jesus time, hubby time, or time to watch all those Tivo'd episodes of the Real Housewives :)

Now don't wait! Start TODAY.  Check out the baby steps link above, you start by shining your sink :)  Make it an awesome Wednesday everyone!


Eva Scott said...

Totally agree about these two things. My bedroom could be clean but if I don't make my bed, it feels messier. And same thing with the sink. I'm not great at either one but definitely agree they matter!

Joanne said...

I preach to my kids.. "make your bed" they HATE it.. but seriously.. it does make a difference!!!!