Okay, I know I've already posted my January Wrap-Up, but I decided to squeeze in one more post for the month. As part of my effort to be less of a Red Hot Mess this year I've decided to start dabbling with following the FlyLady home organizational/decluttering/cleaning system again. Chronicling my efforts at changing my slobbish ways was part of the inspiration that started this blog anyway (but don't go back and read the archives....embarrassing!) This time, I'm starting slow and making little changes (are we noticing a theme around here lately?) instead of trying to magically do a 180 and become Donna Reed overnight. And just like with starting the Couch to 5K program I didn't over think my decision to start; I just did it (which is why I'm just now writing about this).
This month, the only thing I did from FlyLady's system was her monthly habit of shining my sink every night before going to bed. Was I 100% successful? No. Did I beat myself up about it and quit because I wasn't 100%? Nope. Most nights the dishes were rinsed and loaded into the dishwasher. And that was a win for me. I lived without a dishwasher for over 10 years and my one requirement for our house was that it come equipped with a dishwasher. Finally having a dishwasher has definitely made the success of this habit possible. I know, I know, I still have to rinse the dishes in what is essentially a "pre-washing" of the dishes, and I'm still spending time at the sink with my hands in water, but somehow, psychologically, loading a dishwasher is more pleasant to me than actually hand washing dishes.
Dennis has noticed the difference, and has been helping keep the sink shiny without me even having to ask - he's more naturally organized and a better housekeeper than me anyway, but it's still nice to see him not leave dishes in the sink because he's noticed the effort I'm making. Plus, the kitten loves to hide in the now empty sink. She cracks me up.
Up next month: Decluttering for 15 minutes a day. This should be interesting.