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Getting it together: Days 1 and 2

I am working my way through FlyLady’s 31 Beginner BabySteps for the month of March, to improve my standard of living and state of mind.  Care to join me?

My first mission was to shine my sink.  This proved more difficult than it seemed.  My sink was full of dishes, recycling that needed washing, and food caught in the drain.  So in order to shine my sink, I also had to unload and load the dishwasher, clean the food out of the drain, and wash the piles and piles of recycling that had been piling up for the past week.  Fine.  However, yesterday happened to also be my grocery shopping day.  In order to fit all of the new food, I had to remove the old, rotting food and their containers from the fridge.  My washing load suddenly doubled, and now my counters were also covered in rotting food.  Oh, and then I found that my dishwasher was already filled with dirty dishes, so that had to be run before I could unload and load it with the dirty dishes that were piled up on my counter.  This is why I need help.  My sink wasn’t available for shining until around 7:30pm, and to do it according to FlyLady’s instructions, it involved soaking it in a mixture of water and bleach (bleach that I had to pick up at the grocery store, because I’ve never owned a bottle of bleach before) for an hour.  I have a double sink, so I had to do each separately.  Long story short, my sink wasn’t shiny until 10:30pm.  But it was totally worth it.

Behold my shiny sink, and tremble!

See the clean dish cloth and towel placed neatly on the sink, as per FlyLady’s instructions?  I had to buy those too.

My charge for today was, upon waking up, to wash myself, and “get dressed to shoes.”  Now, I’m going to have to take issue with the shoes thing.  I understand that in some regions, wearing shoes in your house is considered normal, and to not wear shoes is considered uncouth.  Well, in my neck of the woods, it is the opposite.  I have never worn shoes in the house.  To the point where just thinking about wearing shoes in the house, even if they were specifically designated indoor shoes, makes me ultra uncomfortable.  Plus they make unwelcome “CLOMP-CLOMP” noises when the Boy is trying to nap.  So I’m afraid I’m just going to have to say “No” on the shoes thing.  However, I did have a shower this morning, but only after the children had been fed, and I had a cup of tea.  And I got dressed, with a clean shirt, and a bra and everything.

And before you say it, yes I am patting myself on the back for showering and dressing myself.  I think, sometimes, I…was not built to exist in society.


8 responses to “Getting it together: Days 1 and 2

  1. Meg

    Bravo! Your sink looks intimidatingly clean.

    Also, bravo re: refusing to put shoes on. I understand her reasoning, but I am with you 100%. Plus, I’ve been reading about how crappy shoes are for your body overall and how being barefoot is actually the best thing you can do. SOLIDARITY, sister!

    • Thanks! I considered doing a before shot as a comparison, but I chickened out at the last minute.

      When I was still deciding on what to do about the shoe thing, I considered wearing my silver flats. But they are SO UNCOMFORTABLE! I have heals that are less uncomfortable. And barefoot is my preferred state of being. So I’m not being slovenly, I’m being health conscious! 😀

  2. Flora Fauna ⋅

    Bravo for the sink! WOW! I appaud your efforts and leave one reminder – this is about self care and an improved outlook, not about being someone you aren`t – double bravo for remembering that!

  3. Hannah

    That sink… it makes me want to shine my sink, too. I will also need to buy bleach. So it’s not just you. 🙂

    And the shoe thing – yeah. I have really good sneakers that I was properly fitted for at The Running Room, and I tried wearing them all day because I’m on my feet so much. It made my hips hurt so bad! Now I wear my wooly slippers and call it good.

    Cheering loudly for you over here!

  4. ceeboo ⋅

    Awe. I love ya 🙂

    Currently my sink is full and surrounded by dirty dishes. BUT for once they are not my responsibility! I did a bunch of dishes by myself on Wednesday so we could entertain company and The Man agreed to do the rest.

    I will probable be doing them tomorrow morning… While he’s asleep!

  5. IfByYes

    I wonder why my sink won’t shine?

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