I have a confession to make: I am a terrible housekeeper. I always have been, I think. I used to love dusting and vacuuming our living room growing up, but I think that was because it was the only neat room in our house. Hmmm….
If you were thinking that this was going to be a steamy, murderous, or duplicitous revelation I apologize. There isn’t much about my life that resembles the television show except that I happen to live in a house on a cul de sac.
I am currently living in a house that we rent with waaaay too much space for us and it is OVERWHELMING! (We are currently working on a way to change that.)
A couple weeks ago I saw someone mention Holley Gerth’s e-book , The “Do What You Can” Plan. Holley opens by having you set a goal – then cut that goal in half. I took a hatchet to my goal of having a clean home and hacked it down to just keeping up with the dishes.
This is Day 10 and I have to say that I have kept up. I have left a few dishes out overnight a couple times, but got them cleaned up first thing in the morning. It’s not such a hard thing if the dishwasher is ready for them or the sink is empty for hand washing.
The liberty I’m experiencing is completely different this time. I’m actually getting other things done incidentally and I have confidence that I can succeed because I kept my goal concrete and manageable. When I reach the end of this 21 day plan my hopes are that this will be a firmly established habit and I can tack on a new one – still keeping it less than daunting. Over time these smaller goals will add up to my larger goal. It will take several repetitions of the process, but doesn’t everything?
Holley uses the analogy of starting out fast and strong on a bike ride only to crack/bonk/struggle when a hill comes. It’s all about starting out with a pace that is sustainable and building up endurance. I can completely relate. I’ve had my home spic and span, top to bottom, only to have it be wrecked again in 3 days. Discouragement is the name of that game. I don’t want to play it anymore.
My eyes are open wide to the distance I have to go, but I know my training regimen. Like any future marathoner, I know that it takes lots of short runs to prepare for the big one. I’m excited and for the first time I think this may actually work out.
So, I want to be a Desperate Mom No More and create a home filled with grace and peace, as Sally Clarkson encourages and just be able to breathe.
How are you tackling the big goals and dreams in your life? Have anything particularly encouraging that you’d like to share?
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