Let’s just say that housekeeping is NOT my forte. My house is efficient and well-organized so I never feel as though my less-than-perfect-tidiness is to my detriment, however,  there are always art projects spread out, musical instruments around and books and magazines on many surfaces. In short, our house looks LIVED-IN!

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However, my husband places a higher value on a tidy house, and in my effort to soothe his senses, I do try to put in more effort than I would if I were just living alone. Well the other day I had an interesting epiphany about cleaning that I want to share. After having cleaned the kitchen the night before, above and beyond what I usually do, I walked in the following morning and was “surprised” and delighted to see it so clean.  I had forgotten that I had put in a little extra effort the night before, but I LOVED how it looked.  That was when I had my epiphany: I should clean-up NOT for how it makes me feel while or directly after I do it (because usually it just makes me feel tired and upset that I’m not doing something more fun such as BLOGGING), instead I should clean-up for how it makes me feel THE NEXT TIME I ENTER THE ROOM. This realization has really helped out my point-of-view when I’m faced with cleaning.  I remind myself how happy I’ll be when I walk into the room next time and it gives me just the push I need to get it done!

I’ve also started imparting this philosophy to our child and she agrees that she likes to walk into a clean bedroom better than a messy one and she’s started picking up after herself more regularly! This lesson reminded me that often all you need is a little shift in attitude to create a positive change in your life, not just about big and emotional issues, but even for little ones like this.

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(Top picture: TOTAL CHAOS on the dining table, Bottom picture: controlled chaos)

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