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Monday, March 05, 2007

My kitchen is still clean

This is huge. I have been able to keep my kitchen tidy for more than 2 weeks now. In the past, it was with great struggles that I'd clean, only to have a small setback (getting sick, incredibly busy day, small dinner party) and things would grind to a crashing halt, resulting in an enormous pile of dirty dishes and very negative feelings of self-worth....

My attitude is different this time. I'm much more calmly noticing that the dishes in the dishwasher are dirty, so I can just plop this fork/plate/whatever into it and not have anything on the counter. Or I notice they're clean and just start putting them away, rather than wallow in my hatred of emptying the dishwasher (oh yes, those 3 minutes of torture, so hard to bear).

I'm also not killing myself when I notice a speck of cheese on the stove as I'm leaving in the morning. I know I'll get it when I wipe it down tonight, no harm, no foul.

And in the end? I am LOVING this. Loving that I am creating a non-chaotic environment for myself and for my son, loving that it's not fraught with tension and doubt and temporary enthusiasm that just turns into despair.

Yup, this works for me.


At 6:43 PM, March 05, 2007, Blogger Andrea said...

good for you! i hate when i'm dreading a chore to the point of procrastination to find that when i actually do the chore, it only took a couple minutes.

i apparently haven't learned that if i just shut up and do it, i could stop thinking about it.

At 4:15 PM, March 06, 2007, Blogger Dharma said...

This is excellent! I too hate unloading the dishwasher which is stupid. Really.

And, what Andrea said - Yah.


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