Monday, May 3, 2010

Messy Monday: First Things First

It is amazing how quickly one can end up with a gigantic mess throughout the house, simply by deciding not to do the things one would normally do when they would normally be done. Letting discipline slide, even for a day (or part of it), is a choice that carries highly visible consequences. In my house, for example, I did not unload and reload the dishwasher yesterday. We did not pick up toys. We were fairly lax in cleaning the counter after meals and snacks.  I did not put laundry away. These seemingly insignificant acts of saying "no" when I should have said "yes" compound quickly.

So this Messy Monday, it's messy. My work is cut out for me. I just have to say "yes" and do it. First things first means I should get to quickly as possible. I should not be here on the computer when so much is waiting for me.

By the way, a few weeks ago, someone asked me if I had any tips on how to build discipline in one's housekeeping habits. I write about that frequently, as I am learning too. If that is your question, I encourage you to read through the Messy Monday archives and the Home Management archives as time allows.

Have a great day, keeping first things first (whatever they may be in your life and home today!).


  1. did you just peek through the computer into my home? ;)

  2. I had a sick husband and son all last week, so most of my time was spent taking care of them rather than the house. What was amazing, however, was how much I got done in about 30 minute while they were both napping yesterday! DH woke up and said "Wow! You've been busy!" I love it when he notices my hard work. Anyway, you can do it! Have a great day!

  3. LOL - it is amazing how many times I think you are actually in my house! What a disaster its been around here...and all because of little things that slide. The main floor was sorted out today (Hallelujah!), tomorrow I tackle the laundry and the bedrooms, then we should be all put back together again.

  4. I don't have a blog, but found this through Proverbs 31 Ministries and have already been trying to practice the list Karen posted.
    God Bless!

  5. This is my house this week, not just Monday, unfortunately! Going to have an "hour of power" cleaning in the next ten minutes!!