Thursday, February 15, 2007

zen attitude

I found a website called Zen Habits that I hope will help me get organized. I really like the site so far.

I've just been frustrated (once again) by the fact that my house doesn't stay clean longer than five minutes. I don't have a system set up, and I also have bad habits such as putting my clothes in a pile by the side of my bed at night instead of hanging them up or putting them in the laundry hamper.

I'm tired of it. The clutter gets to me and I feel unsettled. And I feel like I can't start a new project or do anything fun until I get the house in order. But my house is never fully in order, so I never really get any projects done.


Leo said...

Hi Holli Jo. Thanks for the nice mention of Zen Habits.

As for a cluttered and messy house, believe me, I know where you're coming from. I've found that it's best to use small steps in getting where you want to go. Try these habits for at least two weeks each before going onto the next:

* hang your clothes up or put them in hamper immediately
* put all papers (including school papers, post-in notes, bills, etc) in one in basket, and process at the end of each day
* keep you sink clean and shiny (wash dishes immediately, clean sink after)
* pick up before you go to bed and before you leave the house
* empty your trash daily
* 15 minutes decluttering sessions each day
* clean your shower, toilet and bathroom sink after each use (only takes a couple minutes!)
* have a place for everything, and put everything in its place immediately

Now, these are a lot of habits, and it might seem overwhelming, but if you tackle one at a time (in whatever order you like), it won't be that hard. Give yourself several months to get there - don't expect overnight change!

I hope this helps and that I've not been too preachy. Good luck and keep in touch!

AMY said...

Good ideas here Holli, and I am glad to see you and John are doing well. Hope your writing class goes well, I love writing classes. They inspire me so much! I am also a fan of walking trails, we have a ton in Flagstaff, but our winters are not as nice as yours so take advantage!