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Friday, January 20, 2012

Another new habit? I used to have a personal paper-taming challenge to deal with at least 10 pieces of paper each day. Since I'm once again buried in paper clutter, and today was to be my productive day, I thought it would be a good day to restart that mini-challenge. So I plugged in Ralph the Paper Shredder and got rid of a nice little pile of white, red and yellow pages.

I did have a pretty good day productivity-wise and didn't let IGAD get hold of me. I also got in quite a bit of exercise (80 minutes) in 10 and 20-minute bits through the day. I had intended to leave the car at home again, but a friend called and asked me to help her with transporting some things to her new apartment. But I walked to and from the post office and then, this evening, to the prayer meeting at church.

We've got snow! First real snowfall of the winter in January - can you believe it? Usually we have the first snow in November. Last year we had a major blizzard on Christmas Day. Have you ever gone for a walk in the snow at night and noticed how the shadows of the snowflakes seem to be running to and fro on the sidewalk when you're walking past a streetlight? I'm 60 years old and this is the first time I remember noticing that. There's a lesson in there somewhere.

Looking forward to getting out in the snow for a hike or a pole-walk tomorrow, and getting in some mega-airmiles for the very short trip for the 5% Challenge. Go Firecrackers!

  
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DDOORN 1/23/2012 10:11AM

    Great to tame the paper devils! :-)

Our snow was awfully late this year too...just this past weekend was our first "shovel-able" snow! Now we've got a soggy week of rain 30s & 40s...thx goodness for Spinning class & Swing Dance to break the monotony!

Don

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CAROLFAITHWALKR 1/21/2012 5:19PM

    I visited some of your blogs and enjoyed the IGAD Syndrome, which was new to me, semantically only.

Repeating "do it now" all day long really does work; there comes a tipping point when a switch is thrown subconsciously or something, and you become Action Annie.

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EJOY-EVELYN 1/21/2012 10:06AM

    Thanks for stopping by my SparkPage today. Seems I fill a paper grocery sack every few weeks just with junk mail and magazines leaving me with a stack of address labels and personal for shredding a job I just attacked other day! It builds up so fast. I so can relate.

Its a bit funny how Chicago and Milwaukee have had more snow than the Lake Superior region (I keep expecting that lake-effect snow we normally get). We had a light sprinkling the other day that simply highlighted the golden grass that remained from fall. I have to run to our woodsy state parks to enjoy the icy waterfalls and a little more snow on the ground. Have a great week!


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NEWLIBRARIAN 1/21/2012 9:06AM

    Fresh snow can be a wonderful thing.
We haven't had much this year. Last year we got a pile Sept. 17th.
I like your named paper shredder!

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CTEMPLE 1/20/2012 10:58PM

    Great on the letting go of paper, I did some but not all of it! I suspect it's never all of it.

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JAXMOMMY 1/20/2012 10:54PM

    The walk in the snow sounds lovely! Grab those air miles Firecracker!

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NDTEACHER1 1/20/2012 7:48PM

    What is IGAD? My ancestors were from Germany. My father didn't know how to speak English when he went to school but the teacher would not allow them to speak it in school so he and others learned to speak English quickly and fluently. Something to be said of the old way of doing things;)

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MTULLY 1/20/2012 7:45PM

    Enjoy your walk in the snow. What a great way to get in more exercise.

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SHARON10002 1/20/2012 4:57PM

    Nothing beats walking on a snowy evening under a full moon. It's one of my life's most memorable moments. Good for you cleaning out your paper clutter. It seems I no sooner clean mine out, and it's piled up again.
I could do without all the ads, junk mail, bills. . . emoticon

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HAKAPES 1/20/2012 4:56PM

    Must be great with the snow, skiing, snowballs!
Great for the 80 min exercise!

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MAMASUDS 1/20/2012 4:00PM

    Enjoy the snow! Send some our way when you get tired of it. We are basking in rain, rain and more rain. Planned on Nordic Walking tomorrow, but I will have to find a pathed path or get swallowed in the mud!
Congratulations on getting so much done. I think I should move the paper shredder into the hallway. Throwing paper away is so much more fun when you can shred it!

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REDRUNNERMOM713 1/20/2012 3:44PM

    YAY for the productive day and the fitness minutes!! I've actually never walked in the snow at night, but I'll have to try that the next time we get snow! I do love how peacefully quiet it always is at night when it's snowing. Firecrackers RULE!

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VISUALLYRICS 1/20/2012 3:39PM

    Snow in Germany and 80 degrees here in Texas!!
Can you Believe it?!! emoticon ...we are enjoying this gorgeous day - even if it IS "Winter"! LOL!!

Thank you for being a good friend today...what a blessing I am sure you are!

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IGAD Syndrome

Thursday, January 19, 2012

"I've got all day" syndrome - the situation that arises when you have a whole day to get things done but end up frittering it away because, after all, you've got all day!

I have the day free tomorrow, except for a prayer meeting in the evening, and I want it to be a productive one. I'm going to make a list before bed and a time plan, with plenty of breaks and fun stuff to keep things flowing. Will let y'all know how it goes.

This is a habit thing, too - or maybe better to say it's a breaking-the-procrastination habit thing.

P.S. Thanks for all the sympathy on my blog yesterday - one thing I'll miss is that visits to the gym were the greatest way to make productive use of my "extra" time in the city. I sometimes have early morning lessons and then nothing till evening with hours in between. Will be planning for some creative, active, no cost ways to spend that time in the future.

  
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M77355 1/27/2012 10:45AM

    OMGosh, I understand! I IGAD'd yesterday ... caught myself at 2:50 and turned into a tornado til 7pm. Won't do That again so better get off the Mac now!

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REDRUNNERMOM713 1/20/2012 3:41PM

    I have to admit I have IGAD syndrome on the weekends I don't have my son. Mostly on Sunday's it seems. Before I know it, it's about 6:00 Sunday evening and I haven't done much anything productive all day. I always have big plans, but get side-tracked. Glad there's finally a name for it instead of just piddling! emoticon

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MAGSDAN 1/20/2012 10:45AM

    I am sorry about the gym--I know how much I would miss my Curves or zumba classes.
I've never told you how I love the background you have chosen~~it's gorgeous!
I am glad you have a list--it helps to be organized. Sometimes I'd like to have a day just to fritter away! (once in a while) you know, to 'smell the roses' and not just in passing by.

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WALKINGBYFAITH2 1/20/2012 8:19AM

    I'm so glad I read this first thin in the morning on my day off. I really want today to be procutive day too, and I think I am going to go make that list right now!

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KALISWALKER 1/20/2012 1:24AM

    That's what it is! "I've got all day" syndrome too! I focus better too with a list. I know you will do well with your home gym, you already have the exercise habit.

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ROSENJ1965 1/19/2012 9:00PM

    LOVE IT! I have a bad case of IGAD and even IGAW (week) most of the time. I definitely need to work on it and I like your approach. Hopefully I'll pick up some ideas to apply to my own IDAG(W...M...Y).

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ANGORA4 1/19/2012 7:47PM

    Planning ahead, sounds like a good idea to me!

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JAXMOMMY 1/19/2012 6:40PM

    The added beauty of a list is that you feel accomplished when you can cross something off of it! I love that you named the syndrome we all tend to get when we have "free" time! Try to find a park and do some fun child-like things! Swing, push the merry-go-round, do some pull ups on the monkey bar! And you can always walk, walk, walk! You'll find something fun and active to do I am sure!

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CTEMPLE 1/19/2012 6:10PM

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ABETTERSOUL 1/19/2012 3:41PM

    I make lists also...helps me to stay focused and not "fritter" away time.

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VISUALLYRICS 1/19/2012 3:34PM

    I love that word..... fritter! emoticon
What a great plan!! - make a list & follow through to ENJOY the whole day!!!



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NEWNAC304 1/19/2012 3:29PM

    I have that same problem! I always have plans to accomplish big things and then waste a lot of time.

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CYCLINGSANDY 1/19/2012 3:25PM

    Oh My! I did not know anyone else had the same syndrome I do. I tend to fritter my weekends and then they are gone way too fast.
Maybe a list will help me too. I hope you have a productive day tomorrow.

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Home Gym

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Today was kind of a sad day. It was my last trip to my gym. I've cancelled my membership, mostly for financial reasons. I believe I will either be back when I get my tuition bills paid, or that the Lord has an even better plan.

It was ironic in a way because today was the first time in ages that I've seen someone I know at the gym. If there's anything at all that I've missed there, it's making casual friends like we tend to do at the gym in the US. People are pretty focused - come in, work out, and leave. I seldom even see the same people there! Today, however, I saw a former colleague who I hadn't seen in a couple of years. I actually recommended the place to her a long time ago. We didn't have much time to catch up but I won't be seeing her there again --- at least for awhile!

In the meantime, I'll be working out at home indoors and continuing with runs/walk/polewalks outdoors as the weather permits. I've got all I need - mat, dumbbells, stretchie bands, DVDs, and the right clothes for outdoor winter exercise...and of course Spark People!

  
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M77355 1/27/2012 10:55AM

    I'm sorry that you will miss your gym time but I believe you have the right idea ... the Lord has an even better idea ahead and can now make it apparent to you. Wonderful experiences could be just around the corner?


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RUNNINGOMA 1/20/2012 4:05AM

    I've wanted to join a gym, but for the same reasons, I don't. But, I too have the DVD's weights, good running shoes, etc. Just have to push myself. Plus, what I enjoy the most is walking and running outside. I sometimes say I wear my gym membership on my feet. emoticon

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CYCLINGSANDY 1/19/2012 3:31PM

    I had my gym in the states, but not since I moved here. I have found out that I workout better from home. I had so many more excuses not to go back out to my gym once I came home from school. Hopefully, you will discover the same thing.

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TRYINGHARD1948 1/19/2012 12:06PM

    I'm sure you will be okay Michelle. You have all the right attributes, self discipline, will power and equipment. Hope the finances improve soon.

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DDOORN 1/19/2012 10:57AM

    Ouch! Sorry to hear you've had to give up the membership. I know we struggle with that expense and (knock on wood) continue to afford it...barely! But you know there really IS much that can be done at home on our own. After all, that was my path for a number of years before finally joining the fitness center last Feb. So if I had to I could go back to that.

Don

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HOMEBUNNY 1/19/2012 9:42AM

    Sorry to hear about your gym membership. But you seem to do quite well getting your cardio in by pole walking, walking to & from places, etc. I know you will do well!!

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JAXMOMMY 1/18/2012 10:35PM

    I am sorry you had to give up the gym membership, but I still hav mine and during the winter prefer staying home to do my ST and my cardio! I still go out for a few classes, but love my home gym! I have all the tools you do and enjoy them! I do not do the Nordic walking, but sounds like fun! Make it worth your while! Find some friends to trade DVDs with occasionally to switch it up and just have fun!

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MARYDSAN 1/18/2012 9:12PM

    I'm sorry about your membership. Mine here is the village health center, and because I am elderly, I get a very nice discount making my membership half what it was at my city pool in the States.
I know you do Nordic walking. Are there groups there that do that together? There are here, but my language skills aren't up to par yet. I do converse with those who are willing at the pool, but others don't even nod.
I have enough things here to do workouts in my LR, just need to push myself to use them.
Poles and pool are the only exercise that I feel normal doing.
I love your attitude-gambatte (do your best, hang in there)

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REDRUNNERMOM713 1/18/2012 8:53PM

    I'm so sorry you won't be going to the gym anymore, but maybe you will find a workout you do at home that you love more then anything you did at the gym! It's good to change things up. I can't wait to hear how the different workouts go for you.

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RUNNERRACHEL 1/18/2012 7:54PM

    Yeah I gave up my gym membership recently.

It can be quite convenient to workout at home. It's nice to do outdoor workouts too.

I used to think I needed my expensive membership in order to stay motivated--classes, fancy equipment, etc. but I find that I have all the motivation from SP and can get in great workouts that way.

You already have all you need--so that is going to workout nicely!

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MTNGRL 1/18/2012 7:11PM

    I do all my workouts at home. I really miss the social atmosphere at the gym but because of $$ and distance I don't belong. Making the best of the situation means you won't be using that as an excuse and you will continue to be healthy and fit!

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HAKAPES 1/18/2012 6:43PM

    Sometimes we have to find new ways to do things we like to do!
Maybe you discover even better opportunities for your exercise?

An article to inspire your workout:
http://blogs.hbr.org/sc
hwartz/2011/12/how-to-accomplis
h-more-by-doin.html


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WALKINGBYFAITH2 1/18/2012 6:23PM

    Michelle, that is a real disappointment, but it sounds like you are making the best of the situation. And you certainly do have all the equipment you need to keep up your progress at home. Maybe there are some walking clubs in your area that might fit into your schedule. That way you could get the exercise and the companionship for free. Hang in there, and know that your SparkFriends are with you in spirit! emoticon

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VISUALLYRICS 1/18/2012 6:16PM

    Oh Michelle! emoticon for having s Rock Star attitude! I am certain you will continue to Progress. My gym membership is up in March...I am praying about that as well..... know how you feel.

I'll be in prayer for you too... emoticon & emoticon ~ Laura

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Good Night

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

As I mentioned, yesterday, getting to bed at a more reasonable hour is another habit I'm working on . Doesn't there always seems to be just one more dish to wash, one more shirt to iron, one more email to read and respond to, one more blog post to write...?







....ummm....OH YEAH! That blog post! So here I am, ten minutes past the time I was aiming for. GOOD NIGHT!

  
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RURAL3 1/18/2012 9:58AM

    there's always something

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VISUALLYRICS 1/18/2012 9:27AM

    Me too, Michelle! emoticon ...a good night's rest has become my habit!

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MARYDSAN 1/18/2012 6:54AM

    I still have a few minutes left to write my blog and make it to bed on time.

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TRYINGHARD1948 1/18/2012 5:54AM

    Good night, sleep tight.

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RUNNINGWOLFOFMI 1/17/2012 11:38PM

    Certainly there is always something that needs to be done. I am a manager and so I completely understand the emotions and mental thoughts that come along sometimes when we finally give up and say enough for the day. But remember, if you let yourself rest, recover and recouperate you actually will be able to get more done in less amount of time. I hope you sleep well, wake up refreshed and ready to "rock"!

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JUSTAGIRL45 1/17/2012 8:46PM

    Funny how that happens! Sweet Dreams my friend emoticon

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MTNGRL 1/17/2012 6:57PM

    Good night!! Hugs!!

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WALKINGBYFAITH2 1/17/2012 5:38PM

    Hee hee hee... I did better last night too. Now I will try to make it two in a row!

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WENDYSPARKS 1/17/2012 4:10PM

    Sleep good!!!

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MAMASUDS 1/17/2012 4:01PM

    Writing to you as my last post for the night - one minute past bedtime.

See you tomorrow.

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NEWNAC304 1/17/2012 3:51PM

    I never get enough sleep. Good for you for making that a priority!

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ABETTERSOUL 1/17/2012 3:49PM

    So so true....some days there is just not enough hours in the day! Sleep well, my friend!

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Shiny Sink

Monday, January 16, 2012

I just caught on to the fact that our blogs for the 5% Challenge are supposed to be about new habits.
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No problem. I always seem to be working on developing new habits or breaking bad ones. I think it's called life or something.

Lately I've been working on shining the sink before I go to bed. No dirty dishes left undone, not even the cup and spoon from my usual evening hot chocolate. I know, you Flylady fans will say that's Flying 101. But it's always good to go back to basics. Marla would agree, I'm sure.

It makes me smile in the morning to find a clean sink when I go into the kitchen to make my breakfast and pack my lunch.
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Speaking of which, that morning time is going to come pretty fast if I don't get to bed. Aha...another habit to work on - a more reasonable bedtime!
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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 1/17/2012 10:16PM

    I'm a Flybaby too!...Need to bet back to it!

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NEWLIBRARIAN 1/17/2012 12:47PM

    Wow I want your motivation. Great job. I want a shiny sink every morning. Maybe I will resolve that starting Feb. 19th.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 1/17/2012 11:18AM

    There is nothing that I hate worse than to wake up to a messy sink, I always try to have it spotless before I go to bed. Good habit.

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DDOORN 1/17/2012 11:14AM

    Yep, housekeeping may not be my forte, but a clean empty sink is something I've gotten pretty good at ensuring! :-)

Don

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HOMEBUNNY 1/17/2012 10:16AM

    I saw your blog title & wondered if you were a flybaby!! emoticon I just started flying back in November. I am trying really hard to keep my sink shiney this month. Last night I actually got that accomplished. I was smiling & proud of myself when I saw my shiney sink this morning. Keep it up, Michelle!

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REDRUNNERMOM713 1/17/2012 9:36AM

    It really is a beautiful sight to walk into the kitchen first thing in the morning and see a shining sink! I've been working on that too. Great job!

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VISUALLYRICS 1/17/2012 9:05AM

    I love a shiny sink...and faucets! emoticon

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MARYDSAN 1/17/2012 7:12AM

    As soon as I saw the title "shiny sink", I knew you had to be a "fly baby". So is my little sister.

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JUSTAGIRL45 1/16/2012 8:49PM

    I've tried that sink thing myself. Unfortunately, I have a couple hungry teenagers that leave me fun surprises in the morning. Oh Well! Glad your new habit is working for you!

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ROSENJ1965 1/16/2012 8:37PM

    Like you, I just caught onto that fact about blogging as well! Whoops. Love the clean sink habit! I could definitely see where it would be nice coming downstairs to a clean one every more. Reasonable bedtime. CHECK. Thanks for reminding me to cultivate my own habit in that regard.

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WALKINGBYFAITH2 1/16/2012 8:34PM

    Well if we are confessing to cleaning issues, I will admit that I have a strange obsession with making sure that the bathroom trash basket is always emptied...not sure where that came from.

I am on board with needing to get a better sleep routine, and I am looking forward to reuniting with my pillow tonight! emoticon

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MTNGRL 1/16/2012 7:53PM

    Oh my gosh, are we sisters separated at birth. I hate to wake up to anything in the sink. Before I go to bed I make one last pass in the kitchen. Usually works unless you no who gets a midnight snack..and that is not me I am taking about! emoticon

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JAXMOMMY 1/16/2012 7:15PM

    Good one! I may have to adopt it too! Right now my entire kitchen looks like a war zone! I think I will wash the few dishes and do some decluttering tonight! Thanks for the inspiration!

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CTEMPLE 1/16/2012 4:53PM

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SLIMTONES 1/16/2012 4:49PM

    Lovely idea, I think I'm going to adopt it, if you don't mind. I do clean up, but not quite so strictly. But the shiny sink idea is very appealing, and it's only a few minutes more than what I'm currently doing.

My "nice to come home to" is a made bed. If I do nothing else (housework related) in the morning, I make the bed. It always makes the room look neater somehow.

Once you "get the habit", it's quick and not so much of a chore any more, but pays off so much in satisfaction. Mick Jagger should have tried making his bed or cleaning a sink. emoticon

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JANETELIZABETH1 1/16/2012 4:47PM

    I love a shiny sink too Michelle!! emoticon

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NEWNAC304 1/16/2012 4:36PM

    I lvoe waking up to a clean house. I need to get into the habit of straightening up each night before bed.

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