I read an interesting article this weekend. It was written by an off-the-grid homesteader, but don’t let that scare you off if you aren’t into such things. It was actually geared towards those of us who have more traditional lives.
You can read the whole article here (How Living Off-Grid Taught Me To Keep House) but for those who like Cliff’s Notes, the gist was this: In this day and age, we have it pretty easy. Our standard chores/cleaning projects really don’t require all that much effort to complete. It’s our own laziness that sabotages our progress.
Or at least, that was what I took from it!
How much of our own lack of organization could be easily eliminated if we just put forth a small amount of effort?
The article motivated me and got me thinking about how much of our own disorganization could be eliminated if we just put forth a little more effort? I thought back to earlier in the week. I had brought a basket of clean laundry up to my one year-old daughter’s room to be put away. I was in a hurry, so I put it on her chair to deal with later. Later in the day, my daughter found the pile and had great fun grabbing the socks (which had been neatly sorted and placed on the top of the pile), throwing them around the room. I picked them up, resorted them, and – yep, you guessed it – watched her immediately do the same thing all over again! How much time and aggravation would I have saved had I simply put the socks away to begin with? Or at the very least, put them away after the first time my daughter discovered them?
Yesterday I was having a tough day. I had the start of a nasty cold, which lead to an even nastier sinus headache. I didn’t feel good and had no motivation. As a result, the house deteriorated quickly. By dinner time my kitchen looked like a bomb went off, there were toys all over the family room, and I had other small messes brewing all over the house. It was overwhelming!
And then I thought about the article I had read earlier. I thought to myself, ‘Self, how hard would it REALLY be to get these dishes cleaned up?’ And five minutes later I had the dishwasher unloaded, then reloaded with the dirty dishes that had piled up. Plus I had wiped the counters off. The kitchen looked really nice in just five minutes time. FIVE MINUTES! What seemed like it would be a huge undertaking really wasn’t. It just took patience and for me to not be lazy.
Later I carried some wrapping paper and wrapping supplies upstairs to the guest room where they are stored. I threw them on the bed with the intention to properly put them away in the closet at a later time. The room looked messy with the stuff piled on the bed, but I’d deal with it later. Then I remembered the article and thought to myself ‘Self, how much time or effort would it REALLY take to just walk over to the closet and put these things away?‘ So less than a minute later that was done. (You have no clue what a big ‘ah-ha’ moment that was for me.)
Since I was feeling motivated, I put away a basket of laundry I had carried up to my room a few days earlier (only took a few minutes) and gathered up all the dirty laundry and threw it in the wash.
All it took was 10 minutes of being conscious about not being lazy and I got a lot of stuff done around the house, and I woke up this morning to a much more organized home.
My Challenge To You
My challenge to you (and to me) is this: Try not to be so lazy. 🙂 Make a point to spend just 10 minutes today doing something productive to organize your home… something that you would really rather just put off for another time. Make a conscious effort to think how taking the lazy approach is actually sabotaging your efforts to be organized. You’ll be surprised at what you find.
As you can see, the article really motivated me, and I hope it will you, too!
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