52 Weeks: #6 Negative Conversations
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I hope you all had a much more productive week than I did. On Monday I came down with a terrible flu that although much much better now still lingers. Today is about putting my house back together. It’s amazing how quickly a few days of no maintenance can quickly bring the chaos on. Now obviously when sickness sets in you have no choice but to let things slide but there are definitely other times when we might just be too tired, or on the computer or into a show, to bother. Don’t put it off. Make a commitment to spend at least 10-15 minutes every evening preparing for the next day and maintaining your home. Put misplaced items back into their places, make your list of tasks needed to be done, what’s on the menu, what activities need to be arranged? Set yourself up for success in this way and watch how powerful and in control you will feel…well most of the time anyway :)
Last week Shannon from The Raleigh Woodhouses left me a comment that I wanted to share with you:
I’ve been sick for almost a week so I missed this week’s opportunity to organize but I just wanted to comment that I love this challenge because I find myself now organizing small spaces all the time now. In the past I wouldn’t bother – how much could organizing that one drawer help? – but this challenge has really gotten me in the habit of not passing up opportunities to organize any sized space and it’s made a huge difference in my attitude towards my clutter – it feels so much more do-able now!
That’s awesome Shannon, thank you for sharing!
What stands out for me in Shannon’s comment is how the mental shift in her attitude changed when she changed the way she usually did things and tried something new. I talk about this exact thing in Tip #30 of my book, Clutter Rehab:
Pay attention to your inner dialogue. When you’re dusting your knick-knacks or tripping over your floor clutter and are mumbling and grumbling about it every time you do it, you’ve got to ask yourself if it’s really worth it. So often we aren’t even conscious of these negative conversations going on in our minds, and it’s a lot of mental clutter taking up valuable brain space. Beware of it, and if it bothers you that much, decide to do something about it–don’t keep complaining about it while doing the same things you’ve always done and expecting different results. It just doesn’t work that way. You have the choice to stop letting clutter control you, or if you choose to do nothing then at least decide to stop contributing to the power of a negative attitude.
You hold all the pieces of the puzzle:
You just need to put them together. One day at a time. One space at a time. One habit at a time.
You can do this!
Have a wonderful weekend everybody!
Questions to ponder this week:
1. What did you accomplish this week on your 52 weeks list?
2. Have you had a negative conversation check with yourself lately?
3. Are you beginning to see new habits developing yet?
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