And then, I read a blog post that will change this series and may very well change my life.
Leila, from Like Mother, Like Daughter, wrote about New Year’s Resolutions (way back in 2009.) Instead of making fancy resolutions, she suggested this: Do better in the minimum anyone can expect from you, and you will do better in everything else.
Do better in the MINIMUM anyone can expect from you, and you will do better in everything else.
Then, she went on to say that the minimum anyone can expect from a mom or homemaker is food and laundry.
That’s right. Food and laundry.
I’m not going to lie. Those are probably my two least favorite household chores. I don’t cook a lot, and I rarely fold laundry. It’s a problem, I know.
But when I look around at my house, and decide to tackle one of the problems I see, I rarely start with food and laundry. I reorganize a bathroom drawer, pick up toys off the floor, or hang a pretty picture on the wall.
I ignore the cooking (and everything that goes with it) and laundry.
I do the minimum of the minimum.
Ugh. That sentence is ugly. It makes me feel defeated and yucky.
But, it gives me some clarity.
I constantly feel behind around the house. And maybe it’s not because the kids’ art supplies need organized, or I need to hang more hooks in the entryway.
Maybe I feel behind because I am behind. On food and laundry.
Do better in the MINIMUM anyone can expect from you, and you’ll do better at everything else.
I’m not sure about that 2nd part, but I’m willing to give the first part a try. I’m going to try to do better at food and laundry.
First step happens NOW:
I’m going to put away the clothes in my bedroom.
I’m going to the basement to wash a load of laundry.
I’m going to pick up something from the deep freeze to make for supper on my way up.
I’m going to do the dishes so I have a clean counter to cook on tonight.
(And here’s the proof that I followed through before finishing this blog post! Woot!)
Fellow Messy Moms, I need to know. Are you caught up on Food and Laundry? (Now they get capital letters. It’s my way of telling myself that these things are important!) Maybe you’re even AHEAD on Food and Laundry! Please, either commiserate or help me in the comment section below.