Ya know how you sometimes have a forehead slapping awakening, with a “Sheesh!” escaping from your lips, without any conscious thought? I have experienced that! Over the past 4 or 5 years, as I have read testimonials, I admit I have not always quite believed what I was reading. I had a sort of “yeah, right” attitude. I have cleaned and stopped, started and stopped a bazillion times over the years.
I have obsessed over my control journal… to the point where I finally just gave it up and stuck it away. I really did not want to be reminded of what I wasn’t doing. Ok, fast forward.
I did a true crisis cleaning a couple of weeks ago to make the house presentable to some visiting friends. I have done this sort of thing countless times, only to let the house go to seed after the visit. Surprisingly, this time has been different.
Things I have learned over the years and have finally put into practice:
I can dust my dining room in about 4 minutes.
I can vacuum my dining room in 5 minutes.
I can dust my living room in 7 minutes.
I can vacuum my living room in 9 minutes.
I can dust mop the kitchen floor in 4 minutes.
I can do a quick wipedown of the kitchen counters in 4 minutes.
I can make my bed in about a minute and a half.
I can do a swish and swipe in the bathroom in 3 minutes.
I can dust my bedroom in 3 minutes.
I can hang up ds and dd’s things in 30 seconds.
I can clear out the clutter in the living room each morning in 2 minutes.
I can dust mop the bathroom floors in 2 minutes each.
I can play on the computer, get up and clean something PAINLESSLY!
I can work on a scrapbook, take a little break, fly around the house and actually ACCOMPLISH something without making it a full days’ work
(or several days!).
I can keep my house company ready without really working at it!
A friend stopped by the other day, unexpectedly. SURPRISE! I didn’t have to make an excuse about what a warm day it was, so we should sit on the deck and talk. I invited him in! I INVITED HIM IN!!! I totally surprised myself!!! My house isn’t “perfect”, but it is sooooooooo much better than it has been in… forever!
Even reading my daily reminders and testimonials, I never quite “got it”. Out of the blue today, I realized what I have been doing! I not only seem to “get it”, I got it without thinking about it, without seeming to make a big deal out of it! I don’t think I was even aware of it! I don’t feel as though I changed my daily routine much… I still seem to sit a lot… but things have been getting done in little spurts. WHO KNEW!!! I can’t tell you how exciting this revelation is to me! Gee! I could have been doing this all along!
Thanks again, all of you, for keeping on keeping on!
Yup. I think I am finally flying in PA!
Just how long does it take to do different household blessings? Grab your timer and find out! You may be surprised too!