Like our boys, I continue to struggle with my daily chores.
- Right now in the middle of the living room I know I have three overflowing baskets of CLEAN laundry to fold.
- My budget/check book is a month behind.
- My dresser top has a stack of (my) CLEAN laundry on top to be put away
- The bottom drawer of my desk is a mess of bills and paperwork that need to be filed
- My bookshelf is a wreck, and I’m not even reading paper-based books!
- My closet… whoo… I won’t even describe that mess…
And on top of my daily chores are all those one-time projects that if I could just get them done once, I would never have to look at them again.
But for some reason, I avoid them. I avoid my chores as though they were the black plague. But avoidance is infectious. It spreads around my brain and body, wreaking havoc on all it touches. The guilt of not doing what I should be eats away at my gut, making me think about my chores while I am at work. My brain sends out repetitive reminders of what I should have done last night, exhausting my mind. By the end of the work day, I’m tired of thinking about what I need to do, and am more interested in relaxing… Again.
And the cycle begins again, as though I started a dose of antibiotics, but never finished it. The plague lives on.
I think I need to break into my bookshelf and call upon my backup support. The Flylady. If you’ve never heard of The Flylady, and you are struggling with organization and keeping your house clean, I strongly urge you to check out this free website and program. While I don’t agree with all aspects of the program (ex. wearing my shoes in the house), most of the other topics helped me tremendously when I did the program years ago.
I must say, however, that despite MY struggles with organization and chores, Dave keeps our house clean and presentable. Despite the laundry baskets in the middle of the living room, I would not be embarrassed if someone knocked on our door unexpectedly. (Thank you, baby!) I just don’t like my avoidance. I want to go to sleep having done all I could for the day, including having time to relax with the boys and Dave.
Just a thought…
How much easier our work would be if we put forth as much effort trying to improve the quality of it as most of us do tryign to find excuses for not properly attending to it.” ~George W. Ballenger