I’ve spent a lot of time the last year and a half getting our financial house in order. We’ve made a lot of progress, though we’re not safe from back-sliding by any means. Gotta keep on top of things, but I think we’ve got some good systems in place to keep things under control for the most part.
In fact, I’m so inspired by the changes we’ve been able to make–not just cleaning up messes only to have them re-appear, but actual lifestyle changes–that I’m taking on a new challenge. I’m going to try getting my actual physical house in order.
I’ve posted a few things on housekeeping and cleaning schedules and cleaning carts and so on, but I’m now deciding to take on this new challenge in a bigger way. After my friend Pamela posted about Flylady, I just had to check it out.
This site is for me! I was hooked by the question, “Are YOU living in CHAOS (Can’t Have Anyone Over Syndrome)?” Why yes, FlyLady, I have been for a very long time! I love these catch phrases and find them very motivating.
Another favourite thing is that each message sent out ends with the very encouraging, “You are not behind! I don’t want you to try to catch up; I just want you to jump in where we are. O.K.?”
The first baby step you begin with as a “Flybaby” is to shine your kitchen sink. This may involve removing dirty dishes from the sink just so you can clean it. And then you shine it every night before bed. The idea is that if you get just one little area looking beautiful and under control, you will love it so much that you will want to start scrubbing other things and getting them to feel as good as your sink.
Well, I’m about a week in, and I have to say it works wonders!
I think, just like my feelings of accomplishment over having made some financial changes in our life and bringing us to a better place, that small accomplishments lead to self-esteem, which leads to bigger accomplishments. Getting to where we want to be–isn’t that where we all want to be?
What motivates you to make and stick with positive change? And what do you think about shining your kitchen sink?