Friday, May 18, 2007

One Small Change: Week One

Inspired by this post by Gillian (of Gilfling), I am going to strive to make one small change in myself/my life every week, with the hope that in a year's time I will be a new, improved Steph.
My first change stems from something I read in this interview with Julie of Puffluna fame. She said, "...if you can't clean the whole house because you are too busy working, just make sure the kitchen is clean." And as I read this I realized that I feel stressed when my kitchen is a mess, but the rest doesn't really bother me. Sooooo..........

My first small change is to clean the kitchen before bed.
Every night.
No dishes in the sink.
Clean counters, clean floor.
Every night.

I'll report back in a week.

12 comments:

Felicia said...

That sounds like a groovy goal. When ever I leave for the day, especially on the weekends, I always try to clean the kitchen up. When I get back its always so wonderful to come back to a clean space rather than a messy one. Um, at least in the kitchen that is! :)

Felicia
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Craftymoose Crafts said...

Good for you!

Making small changes a little at a time really makes me feel like I am accomplishing something!

missficklemedia.com said...

I totally agree with this!
A clean kitchen is a must!
I love stating work or art projects with the slate wiped clean so to speak!
Good luck, Steph!

missficklemedia.com said...

That should have read "starting work or art projects" not stating.

Karen Beth said...

What a great idea - one small change is completely feasible. I'm embarking on the 101/1001 challenge but I might try this also. Positive change is good in any form, I think. Thanks for inspiring me today. Happy kitchen cleaning! :)

gilfling said...

Stephanie!! Oh my gosh I am pleased to bits that you are taking on the small changes too!! Wow that has made my day! And a great one to start with too - lets encourage each other!! I am really seeing the benefits already and enjoying thinking up a new one each week. Just think how 'improved' and revitalised we will hopefully be!

learp17 said...

I used to be really into FlyLady, and they always say that the first step toward a clean house is a shiny clean kitchen sink, so I think there is something to this theory. That sounds great! I am trying to get movitated to keep my house cleaner - so far, it's tenuous at best, but at least my dining room is usually fairly tidy. And we now have a cleaning lady once a month so the place actually gets mopped at least that often. Maybe someday I'll have a clean house........

Tricia said...

Oh, if only they would invent a self-cleaning house where you just push a button and Pouf! your house is clean!
I HAVE to have a clean house at all times and it is sooooooo time-consuming to keep tidy and clean....i have started to do that too, making sure there are now dirty dishes before i go to bed.

Sandra said...

I love this. Very inspiring. Breaking it down into small bite-size changes is good.

Good for you steph!

sara.wears.skirts said...

we must be on some sort of very similiar wavelength, ladykins, as i went all out cleaning my kitchen this weekend. best wishes with the new ritual!
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Katie said...

House cleaning? What is that? (only kidding). I got to the point where I clean the house in stages. Maybe dust one day. Vacuum another day (or next week). But, I agree about the kitchen. Ours is usually pretty clean. Although I do the dishes that don't go in the dishwasher in the morning. I like to spend after dinner with my DH.

maia (glassbeach) said...

Such a good idea! I'm such an awful housekeeper my goal is teeny-to empty the dishwasher every morning. Maybe if I can get that under control the rest of the kitchen will fall into place.