Yes, that is a blurred picture of my toddler’s bedroom. Yes, I only have 1 child. No, laundry day wasn’t today.
It took a lot of courage for me to post this picture. I’d like to say that this isn’t a regular scene in my household, and that I spent time accumulating this mess for the purpose of writing this post. But, this is my reality. My daughter sleeps in our bedroom and plays in the living room. She hardly spends time in her own room, so we have been using it as a holding cell for clothes. All the clothes you see are clean. See, my husband and I have a problem with laundry. We do our laundry on a regular basis (We may be messy, but we’re not dirty!), but we aren’t so good at folding it. Why fold it if we’re just going to wear it, right? And therein lies the problem.
In a previous post I mentioned that I am someone who doesn’t like to start a job unless I know I can finish it. It’s the perfectionist in me, and it has been the way I have always worked. Over the years, this trait of mine has become a bad habit. It has spewed over to housework, my job, and my social life…
I won’t clean the bathrooms because I have to clean all of them at the same time and it’ll take me over an hour.
I don’t have time to sit and do my lesson plans for the whole week. I’ll do it tomorrow when I have time.
I want to call her, but we’ll end up chatting for over an hour on the phone. I’ll wait until I’m not busy.
How quickly these small things pile up under the “Things That Never Get Done” list. So today I resolved to tackle the clutter in my daughter’s room and decided that I was just going to do as much as I can. It took me almost a couple of hours (with breaks in between) but I think I made a pretty big dent.
I also put away all of babygirl’s 9-12 month clothes and took out the rest of her 12-18 month outfits. Another task checked off my list! Yes!
So, while I let go of most of the laundry clutter for today, I am also working on letting go of bad habits. If I do a little bit each day, the task won’t seem so daunting, and maybe I’ll start getting things done around here. Only time will tell!