Just thought I’d check in and let you know how I’m doing. The answer is, I’m doing great! Here are my missions for the past 4 days:
- Going to Big Tent and reading messages
- Looking at our posted reminders in the kitchen and bathroom
- Recognizing the negative voices and changing them so you can FLY!
- Put out your Hot Spot for two minutes. Just pick one!
A couple of things. I don’t do the post-it note thing. And I didn’t really work on my “negative voices” that are apparently telling me that I don’t deserve a clean house, because my negative voices don’t tell me that. I’m more of a “I don’t Feeeeeel like it. You know what I do feel like doing? STAR WARS, forevah!” I do read the messages on Big Tent, and I have been picking away at my Hot Spots, known to me as “Scary Piles.” This week’s “zone” is the kitchen, so I’ve been mainly concentrating on that, and trusting that I will get to the rest of the house in time.
The two biggest mental adjustments are the idea that you quickly get things done, without worrying if it is perfect, and also doing thing regularly *before* they need doing. These two things are huge for me, and they go hand in hand.
Before this, my house would be messy and clean in cycles. I would take a day each week, and clean the house from one end to the other. I would be exhausted by the end, but the house would be clean! For about 10 minutes. Then it would slowly degrade, and go back to being messy. And then I would clean again.
With this system, I don’t wait to clean until it’s messy. I do a quick going over of an already clean thing, but I do it every day, so it never gets the chance to get messy. I take an hour a day, instead of taking one day a week.
Let’s take shining the sink for an example. Previously, I would only clean the sink when it was dirty. Like, so filthy, I would feel weird about washing dishes in it. Since it was so filthy, it would take some amount of effort, scrubbing away, trying to get it perfectly clean. So the next time it got dirty, I would put off cleaning it until it really needed it because it was such an effort to clean. Now that I’m getting into the habit of shining the sink every single night, whether it needs it or not, it takes seconds. I can quickly give it a good shine, and not be too fussy over it, because it’s pretty much still shiny from the night before. Because it IS so simple and easy, I am less likely to avoid it, or put it off.
And guys, my kitchen looks fabulous. A far cry from what it looked like a week ago. So far, so good.