Sunday, May 17, 2015

Are Your Habits Helping You Or Hurting You? & MYHSM Linky Party

Making your home sing Mondays

Welcome to the Making Your Home Sing Monday linky party!  Every day you are doing something to make your house into a home for yourself and your family (if you have one). 

My point with each Monday post is, what are YOU doing or going to do today to make your home sing?  It can be an attitude or an action. So have fun, do some blog hopping, and link up!  Thanks!

Topics can include marriage, parenting, encouraging women, organization, cleaning, saving money, our behavior and attitudes, homemaking, homeschooling, recipes.....the opportunities are endless.

Note: We had 115 linkups last week!  You guys are awesomely amazing and amazingly awesome!  Don't forget to visit one another and try to leave a comment on at least one blog to encourage someone today!  :)  

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Sometimes I fool even myself.

I don't like a messy kitchen, and so I pretty much always clean up my kitchen after every meal.  It's a habit.  I REALLY don't like waking up to a big mess and so I make sure I clean it as I go so that it's clean when I go to bed.

But sometimes.......sometimes I just don't feel like doing it, and so I tell myself I'll just let it go until the morning.  I PROMISE myself.

But I know myself, and I know that I won't be able to do that.  Yet still, I convince myself that I will.

I can't tell you how many late nights I've spent out in that kitchen, cleaning it up because I couldn't bear to face it in the morning.

I've cleaned it up at midnight.

I've cleaned it up at 2 a.m. when I woke up to get a glass of water and wound up cleaning the kitchen instead.

I've cleaned it up when morning was just a FEW hours away just because I didn't want to wake up to a messy kitchen.

Why do I do that to myself?  Why cause myself so much grief?

Because I'm working harder, not smarter.

Because instead of keeping to my hard-fought habit of keeping my kitchen clean, I will occasionally try and revert to my old messy habits.  But my mind won't let me do that anymore.  At least, not for long.

I could probably have the kitchen cleaned in the amount of time it takes me to convince myself that I don't want to do it.

I like a clean house but I can make excuses just as good as anybody.  I can talk myself out of cleaning just as good as anybody else too.

But the thing I have learned is that my established habits will take over and talk me back INTO cleaning.

Not always because I think we all deserve to goof off sometimes.  But usually.

So if you are having trouble keeping on top of things around your home, I would encourage you to establish some habits.

Perhaps you don't like the idea of being chained to a habit.

Did you ever think about the fact that you are already chained to habits?

If you get up without making your bed - that's a habit.

If you change your clothes and toss them on the floor or a chair instead of putting them away - that's a habit.

If you leave your dishes in the sink for days or leave your makeup all over the bathroom counter - that's a habit.

So you are already chained to a habit and it's up to YOU to decide which habits you want to be chained to.

You can be chained to habits that keep you from having the level of cleanliness that you want, or chained to habits that give you more peace of mind and more freedom to do other things.

If you don't mind the mess, then you don't mind the habit and maybe this post is not for you, unless the mess is causing problems in your life.  In that case, or if you DO mind the mess, then your habits are hurting you and not helping you.

Your habits can be chains that bind you or chains that free you.  It's YOUR choice.  Establish some habits today that will make your home sing!

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  1. So true Nan! I do that in the kitchen all the time...I hate leaving it but sometimes I am so tired I don't want to do it at the moment. Big mistake :) I have got up many times at 2-4 in the morning and washed dishes. Hubby thinks I'm crazy,lol. But who wants to look at that mess in the morning when you are going to make MORE messes? Great tips on habits, thank you!

  2. This is so true, Nan! We are chained to our habits. But if we give a nod to Proverbs 26:11, "As a dog returns to its vomit . . ." then we can surely see we don't want to be chained to bad habits ANY time soon! Yuck! Great thoughts, my friend. You inspire me to clean and organize more! ;)

  3. What a wonderful is so true! I love what you said that our habits can be chains that bind us or set us free. God bless you, Nan, and thanks for the weekly link-up. :)

  4. Happy Monday! Thank you for hosting and I wish you a fantastic week!! xx

  5. Nan, this topic was a little challenging, but I'm looking forward to overcoming those challenges through the next few weeks as we get settled in a new place. Thank you for hosting and for the encouragement!

  6. Very important what you are saying here. Thanks for sharing and hosting! Blessings. Have wonderful week.
    Tayrina from TGAWrites

  7. This is so true. I am one of those people that has to have my house mostly clean and my bed made before I leave the house to run errands. I have let the dishes sit out some nights though because I just run out of steam. I think it is good to establish healthy habits and to find a good balance, and I like how you reflected that in your article. Thanks for sharing, and for hosting the party!

  8. Great thoughts about habits. I am pretty much a robot at night and go through all the clean up rituals. I wouldn't want to wake up to a messy kitchen so I couldn't even think about leaving it. I must go and thank mom for instilling that habit!!! :) Thank you for sharing on the Art of Home-Making Mondays this week :)


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