i'm that disorganized, dysfunctional girl. i roll my eyes at the women with their little clipboards, color-coded pens & cleaning schedules. i mean, who follows a cleaning schedule? (don't answer that)
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and so it goes, as we prepared for our upcoming vacation, i started a check list of to do's before leaving. just as i would check off a to-do, ten new items would magically appear on the list.
in a moment of desperation & self-pity, i decided to set my timer for thirty minutes.
our house was a disaster.
what could i really do in thirty minutes? perhaps those highly organized women with their fancy office supplies were on to something...
here's proof of the mess (edited to reveal pretty light & hide the dirt/smudges/fur balls caked/smeared/floating on every & all surfaces):
with a trash bag in hand & a basket at the ready, i set the timer for thirty minutes.
a made bed.
clutter picked up & in it's designated place.
groceries unpacked & put away, canning supplies organized & life in a manageable state.
i didn't have time to sweep the floors, scrub the pots or clean the counters. my house was definitely not martha stewart approved.
but that thirty minutes was well spent & put me at ease.
we don't have to be that woman with her regimented cleaning schedule & highly organized life. i promise you, i'll fail at being her.
but we can acknowledge the power of a well-spent handful of minutes focused & oriented toward cleaning up the mess of life. we don't always have to choose this path because sometimes a mindless half hour of facebook is good for the soul, but being intentional about how we spend our time can make a big difference in how we enjoy our time.
i plan to practice this thirty minute cleaning session in my daily rhythm. i'd love to know - how do you manage the dirt, grime & chaos of home?