Getting ahead of the things that make me fall behindPosted: May 9, 2011
I had a lightbulb moment the other day. Sort of a revelation. My mind was spinning all morning trying to figure out why I struggle so much with keeping up the house. Well, I didn’t figure it all out, but in the process of all the mind spinning, I realized that I should focus on some of the things that seem to have a domino effect in my day.
Like dinner. I struggle with getting dinner ready on time.
So I thought about it and backtracked through a typical day.
When it’s time to start dinner, I can’t just start cooking. First I have to wash any pots, pans, and knives I might need to use. And I might need to clear out at least one side of the sink. And clear/clean some counter space. And find the ingredients – including the ones that are still in their grocery bag on the floor left from a few days ago.
This is why it takes me so long to make dinner!
Then the table needs to be cleared so that we can eat. And when dinner is done, the dishes all get piled up in the sink with the rest of the dishes from the day, because the dishwasher has clean dishes in it that were never put away.
After that we need to rush through homework and getting the kids in bed, which usually ends up being late because dinner started late.
Then the kitchen gets cleaned….or at least the dishes…usually. And then there’s laundry, and I have to check email and my blog, right? I get to bed too late.
So if I can put away the clean dishes early in the day, then the dirty dishes throughout the day should be able to go right into the dishwasher. This helps with both the dishes-piled-up-in-the-sink problem and the clearing the counter/table problem!
I should be able to actually start cooking dinner sooner, which should help the evening routine to go smoother, etc, etc! I know, it won’t always work perfectly, but I think if I can get ahead of the dishes thing by simply emptying the dishwasher early in the day, that will ultimately help dinner to be ready on time!
Of course I have known before that this would be a good and helpful thing, but I don’t think I realized what a big impact it could make on my whole day. I know for some of you this is a ridiculously obvious thing, but for me…I needed a lightbulb moment!
What other things help you get ahead of the crazy?