Tuesday, September 4, 2012

changing habits

I get really frustrated with my inability to change. There are habits that really get on my nerves - and it seems that no matter how many times I vow to change the way I do things - I just don't. Last week I decided that if I want to function at a better rate - there are habits that need changing. Maybe they don't need to be changed, but should just be done away with entirely. For example: I'll try on clothes in the process of trying to find something to wear, and instead of putting the clothes back where they came from, they'll just end up on the floor. For days. {Sometimes weeks.Or that I'll continuously take stuff out in the whirl of making something - and instead of taking just a second to replace it after I've used it - all my tools will accumulate in an area until we have visitors or if I get really sick of my pile. Or the fact that we'll allow dishes to accumulate on the counter and in the sink for days, while the dishwasher is completely empty. It's just not-that-far from the counter to the dishwasher.

In the past I've said - ok - this is a new week. I'm going to be different. My changes will last for about 3 days and then it's back to the old ways of doing things. I get overwhelmed with how much there is to do. So, I'm trying something new. It's too much to try to change these habits all at once. I'm focusing on just one thing to change. Once I've mastered that one thing - I'll move on to the next. This week it's been the dishes. So far I've done a better job of washing dishes right after I make something, cleaning up after we've eaten, and putting stuff directly into the dishwasher - it's not allowed to be in the dishwasher holding-cell {aka - the sink}.
I saw an empty coffee cup on my desk this morning and it totally got on my nerves; might be a sign that this habit changing is working.

2 comments:

  1. I am the same way with dishes! They stack up. Except I tell myself I have a good reason....no dishwasher.

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  2. Dear Chane',
    As you probably have realized, I was born & raised in the South. Southern women or mamas put the fear of God in their daughters in my generation. Mama ALWAYS said that you HAVE to make up your bed & get the dishes out of the sink! If I asked her why, she would reply,"Because Mariruth, what if something happened (like grave illness, wreck, or sudden death) and the church people came in. (to bring food, set the house in order for visitors & saw that I hadn't already done it-showing my lack of upbringing. You see, then it would reflect back on my mama!) However, my very own sister who was raised in the same household was messy & oh boy she & mama went round & round about it! In recent years, my sister has depended on the website: SLYlady.net to help her brush up on her housekeeping skills. As for me & my house, I still hear mama's voice telling me what to do. Oh,and by the way, don't leave home without making sure that you are wearing good underwear (bra & panties were supposed to match in color- I have let that slip at times, BUT your underwear definitely could not be holey( because you might get in a wreck & what would the doctor think about your underwear for heaven's sake!) LOL! Just remember, cleanliness is next to Godliness!
    Love,
    Mariruth














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