Friday, 28 January 2011

Is change really possible?

Sitting here tonight in a bit of a funk. A winter-blue-blah kind of feeling. I know it's common around this time of year, especially up here in the cold frigid Canadian temperatures. I posted this on my facebook status:

"House is a mess, even with a friend and my in-laws dropping in. I told them to just step over everything. Anyone else got a bad case of the winter blahs?"

That's right. Even now at 11:30 at night, getting ready to go to bed, and I'm just going to leave it all again for tomorrow. But a dear friend, seeing my status, directed me to a website that, in her words "changed her life 2 years ago. Best thing ever."

That is some high praise, especially from this wonderful woman I admire. So I clicked on over. The first quote I read on the site was:

(Can't Have Anyone Over Syndrome)
Do you feel overwhelmed, overextended, and overdrawn?
Hopeless and you don't know where to start?

Wow! Does that pretty much describe how I'm feeling or what? I was intrigued and clicked further into the site. I haven't gone very far, but I did listen to what her first step is: shining your sink. The whole idea is that order comes from baby steps.

"Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going."

Which led me to pose this question to myself: is change really possible?

For so long we (everyone) write off our faults as character flaws. Hey - if it's embedded deep down in who we are, can we really do anything about it? I fall victim to clutter and untidiness. I don't like it, but I've never really been able to change it.

Until now?

I guess there's only one way to find out.

Here's to some serious reorganization!


Anonymous said...


Is change really possible? YES! When you retire and have no children at home. :-) We, like you, as you know, had a cluttered, untidy house while you girls were growing up. Now, you should see our neat and tidy home. :-) Is change really possible? Yes, but I believe that something else will have to go. For me, while you girls were growing up, keeping the house supertidy and uncluttered was less important than other things.

Love, Mom

Jenn said...

I've seen the fly lady and her site, my only complaint is that the daily emails are more overwhelming than shining the sink every day! If you can opt out of those, and do it on your own time, then go for it!