I have written about my journey to develop healthy habits in five minute chunks. Committing to 5 minutes is much less intimidating and feels “do-able” to easily daunted me. In my efforts to declutter and maintain clean spaces, I’ve found that five minutes can make a world of difference. Five minutes a day of tidying can keep us from spending an hour over the weekend doing the same task.
Committing to new habits and maintaining them has been challenging to me. It’s encouraging to me to hear stories from real people, who like me, don’t have it all together. Reading about decluttering and organizing produces a lot of information from naturally organized people who have beautiful homes and wonderful style. Their photos are usually inspiring, but at the same time can also be discouraging when you’re just trying to keep the kitchen counter clear.
That’s why when I stumbled upon Dana White’s podcast, A Slob Comes Clean, I felt a connection to her story. She writes about reality based cleaning for those of us who aren’t naturally bent to clean and organize.
I immediately loved her down to earth style and her sense of humor. She shares from a place of humor and humility, knowing that she’s made progress, but is not finished. She posts before and after pictures of her projects that make me think, “Oh, I’m not the only one.”
One of my mantra’s throughout this process has been, “progress, not perfection.” Letting people see the realistic state of your _______ (fill in the blank here) takes courage. We all want to hide our imperfections. Yet I’ve found the greatest encouragement in people who are willing to share their imperfect stories because it’s there that I see my own story.
On A Slob Comes Clean, I’m sharing about another 5 minute habit that my family and I are working on – the 5 minute pick up! Click here to read the post.
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Oh, I LOVE Nony!! She was one of my inspirations for starting my own blog!
Yes! I heart Nony as well!
This is SO practical! Thanks for putting this out there, your consistent presence is already quite a testimony! I am humbled…it’s not too late. “There is hope for the old and the weary, there is hope for the newly begun,” to quote some hymn or other.
Ahhh, thanks Peg. Love you too!
leisa Parker says
I just read your guest post over at a slob comes clean. I just found it a few months ago because I purchased a homemaker bundle. Then I binge listened to all her podcasts when cleaning. I am new to listening to podcasts and would love to know your opinion on others to listen to. Also look forward to following your blog.
Hi Leisa! I’m so glad you found me. Nony is so encouraging! If you are looking for podcasts on simplifying I really like Simple Life Together and The Slow Home Podcast. For motherhood I enjoy Inspired to Action, and The Simple Mom podcast. Let me know what you think – and thanks for following!
The 5 minute pickup sounds so doable! I am sure it would make a big difference.
I’m all about doable sized tidying! Thanks for reading Emily!
I love this. It really makes it less daunting and as you put it “doable”. Thanks for sharing. #ConfessionsLinkUp