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Tips for Tuesday

When my children were young, they were each expected to keep their own bedroom neat.  I specifically remember one day when my daughter was supposed to be cleaning her room.  I went to check on her progress but she was nowhere to be found.  Hearing something coming from the closet, I opened the door to find her crouched down and weeping.  When I asked her what was the matter she replied, between sobs, “It’s just too messy!  I can’t clean it all.”

Have you ever wanted to hide in your closet and cry?  At times it is tempting, but in the long run it isn’t going to make the mess go away.  We’ve been talking about bringing order to our homes, and have already hit on a couple of points.

  1. Start anywhere; the important thing is to start.
  2. Start now; the time we spend procrastinating could be spent accomplishing something. 
Today’s tip?
  1. Start small.
My daughter was overwhelmed by the amount of work that needed to be done, and it’s easy to use that as an excuse to do nothing.  That day when I found her in her closet, I led her out and began to break down the job for her.  First, we picked up all her books and placed them on the bookshelf.  Next, we gathered up all the Barbies, and so on.     

Whether the job is overwhelming, unpleasant, or you simply don’t have the time, the key is to break the task into smaller segments and accomplish what you can when you can. 

Perhaps you need to prepare your yard for winter.  Focus on just one task, such as raking, or one area at a time.  Need to clean your closet or your dresser?  Start with just one shelf or drawer.  Pressed for time?  Work for five or ten minutes, or whatever you have available.

As Aristotle and Mary Poppins would say (now there’s an interesting combination!), a job “well begun is half done!”


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