Last week I wrote about how a simple daily habit--loading the dish washer at night and unloading it in the morning--coupled with re-thinking how we use our space led to our recent organizational breakthrough. But I’ve found that in order to maintain that progress, there’s a few things I need to do a couple times a week:
- Sweep the floors
- Mop the kitchen floor
- Do the laundry
- Put back things where they belong
That’s it. It doesn’t even take that long to do. I’ve made the habit of picking up something that needs to be put away whenever I head in the direction of where the object belongs. It really doesn’t take long to toss a load of laundry in the washer and fold it up afterwards, and doing a couple loads every few days prevents things from backing up. Having crumb-and-cat-fur free floors is worth the 10 minutes it takes to sweep and mop the kitchen. The sweeping in the livingroom is pretty constant--this is the Windy City, after all, and dirt blows in from the potted plants on the balcony--but it doesn’t seem all that cumbersome. I haven't decided if this is because I'm just getting used to it or if I'm getting better with practice.
Sure, life would be easier without flowers or kitties. But wouldn't you rather have love and beauty in your life?