I have an onion sliver. I had no idea it was possible to get an onion sliver, but as I was peeling the outer layers off the onion, I brushed across the root end, and came up with a painful something stuck in my finger. I can't seem to get it out and it's hard to see. It really hurts, so watch out. You never know what your onion has in store for you. All this time I thought they were after my eyes...
Anyway, on to the point of this here post...
As part of my goal this year, to have a place for everything, I have a smaller goal to help me get there. Wouldn't it be nice if we could just spend a few days (or weeks) getting everything in order and nice and clean and be done for good? Well, we can't. :) At least, I can't.
It would be a lot more fun to clean if I felt like things would actually stay that way. Unfortunately, I live here, so things will just get messy due to that little fact. Add on to that, I have kids, and the baby has suddenly decided that nothing can stay on any shelf anywhere. She dutifully makes the rounds in the house, removing anything that we dare to put away. How I wish it somehow went the other way. It would be so lovely to have a child that finds joy in putting thing back on the shelf. I guess I can give her a year or two to develop that attribute.
I have noticed through the past weeks, that I have a funny habit of not completely putting things away. While cleaning my desk, for example, I will find something that belongs in the kitchen, so I walk in there and set the item on the counter and then return to the desk. Why don't I just walk the extra three steps and open a drawer to put it completely away? I don't know why, but it came to my attention when I noticed that my kids' idea of "away" was stacking things on top of my counters, or desk, or table, or whatever.
Putting things all the way away could make a huge difference in the feel of my home. This is something that I can change, but it seriously takes a conscious effort. Hopefully, as I work at this little goal, it will become natural and a habit. We'll see.
Tonight is the perfect time to practice. As I write, the table is still covered with the remains of our dinner, the floor is covered with toys and books. The kitchen is a disaster with groceries needing to be put away and dinner dishes waiting to be washed.