Thursday, January 15, 2009

Back to Basics, Day 9

Today's step is routinizing daily decluttering for a few minutes at a time. I will add in a 5 minute room rescue to a routine. FlyLady suggests to do this as part of the morning routine. I think, especially if you work outside the house, this is an excellent time to do it, since then you'll return to a calmer home at the end of a busy day and feel less overwhelmed. For me at this point, I like to do it as part of the afternoon routine (kind of my post-school, pre-dinner routine). Also, often I can motivate Paul and the kids to do a 5 minute room 'tidy' when I am cooking dinner. That's more sporadic, and not 'on' my routine, though, since he is not always on the scene when I am cooking dinner. So, I say, think about when it would work for you best. But don't nix morning simply out of 'brattiness'... give it a go for a week or two and see if it helps the rest of your day. If not, then do it in the afternoon or evening.

For more on this concept of the "Inner Brat," see
Sometimes we let this 'brat' make more decisions for us than we realize. If my kids tried to pull some of the crap I have caught the brat pulling, I'd put 'em in time out. ;)

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