I've began to notice recently, though, there is a common thread to these times of lasting change...
1. Baby steps...and I mean really small baby steps. One of my favorite inspirational quotes is "Progress, Not Perfection."
2. A support person/people
3. Prayer/Praise to God
4. Exchanging negative thoughts for positive ones
For a very long time, I've struggled with keeping up with housework. Even though it's just the hubs and I in a fairly small townhome, we had an extremely hard time motivating ourselves to clean. Dusting, vacuuming....no thank you. We even had a hard time keeping clothes off the floor, dishes out of the sink, and I'm ashamed to admit that the bed was only made when company came over. I know, it was bad. Remember this???...
Those were my New Year's resolutions. Yeah, that lasted about two days!
UNTIL 2 MONTHS AGO...when I stumbled upon this extremely helpful lady, self-titled Fly Lady, who has sympathized, encouraged, and nudged me to make a lasting change when it comes to keeping up with housework.
WARNING...she's a little on the goofy side, and at first I thought it was a little too much for me...but then, I started to notice all her antics were WORKING!
Our sink has been dish-free every night for two whole months and our bed has been made every morning for about one month!! It feels so good to make these changes in our home and we're taking baby steps every day toward a cleaner/happier home.
If you would like to try out the Fly Lady, I suggest starting here. Read what she's all about, then decide for yourself if it's something you'd like to pursue. Trust me, it's totally manageable...oh, and it's totally free, too.
I signed up to get the daily email, which I highly recommend (make sure you sign up for the daily digest and not all emails, or you could end up getting several emails each day). It keeps me motivated and inspired to keep going!
Hope this helps your family as much as it has mine!! Have a great week, everyone!