Friday, January 23, 2009

Resolutions

Now that it is a new year, it is the time for resolutions and new starts. I decided that maybe I should break out of my no-resolutions habits of the past year or two and actually give it a shot. So I did. Of course I want to do all the normal things: get up earlier, lose weight, fit into my skinny jeans, eat better, exercise, use my time efficiently and effectively, keep my house immaculate, be the perfect mother, read my scriptures, keep up with my book club reading, get the laundry folded before it has sat in the hall for a week.... But this year, I decided to make a resolution I can keep. My new year's resolution is: (drumroll..........) to make my bed.

Don't laugh. It's not funny. Besides that, I have actually done it every single day. (Well almost- I usually miss Sundays, but we have 9:00 am church, so can you blame me? Besides, can you say as much about your resolution to stay away from chocolate?) You may think it is setting my sights low, but every day in five minutes or less I can feel like I have accomplished something I set out to do. Really.

C'mon... it's really not that lame. It also sets a tone... you know, you can't just climb back in bed, even if you feel like it. That I am actually going to TRY and keep up with things. That I start my day out being tidy. OK, fine. Maybe it is lame to actually have to resolve to make your bed, but for me it is progress and I am happy with it, lame or not.

And the funny thing is, that the rest of my house started staying really clean too. My kitchen was clean every single day for a whole week! It was like magic that spread to the rest of my life. Until it didn't. My house is a mess again. Even though I made my bed. Oh well, it was worth a shot.....

4 comments:

Lara said...

actually, i find on the days i make my bed first, the house does get cleaner. it's kind of magical.

Greek Goddess said...

you are such a great writer. thanks for the smiles.

ped crossing said...

Since the bedroom is this months room, I have decided my habit would be to make the bed each day. The only way I am successful is if I do it the moment I get out of it. Otherwise I never get back there. So I know what you mean. Good job!

Rebecca said...

One of my friends advice from her mom when she got married was: make your bed, and shower. And everything else will work out OK. Funny how sometimes those things are the first to go!