What??? 52 habits? That’s a lot – it can’t be possible to develop that many habits in the course of a year – especially healthy helpful ones. Actually, I do think it is possible to slowly change your habits and gain a more organized life.
What is a habit? It’s something that you do without thinking about – it’s subconscious, second nature, ingrained – whatever words you want to use.
You don’t make a list to lock the front door, or turn out lights at night, or turn off the stove. It’s something you are so used to doing it happens without any thought or engagement… which explains why so many of us worry that we forgot to to turn off the stove or lock the front door!
I’ve tried many methods to find a good routine and mindset for keeping my house clean and decluttered. I’ve tried online lists and apps, reminder systems, binders and notebooks with checklists – none of them really have clicked for me. I work full time in addition to overseeing homework and taking the kids to activities, but some of the great lists and methods I have found really work best if you’re at home every day.
I also find that I tend toward an “OMG I must do all this and declutter all the things right away!!!” and burn out quickly because what I envision just isn’t sustainable.
A year from today, it will be December 1, 2014. It will be that day whether or not I take steps toward building life-changing habits. I have 52 weeks – 365 days to find my way to a more organized home bit by bit.
I invite you to join me in this process, I will post a task a week and work toward making it a second-nature habit through repetition. Below are links to the weekly habits. Post a comment if you’re joining!