Whenever I want to make ongoing improvements in my life, there is usually a habit or two connected with that change which I need to alter. I’ve learned to set “rules” for myself to encourage me to make those changes. Now some people react to the concept of rules, fearing they will be and imposition or a constraint. I look at them as a means to help me focus on my goal and make a concrete change.
For years my family lived with an accumulating pile of mail on the kitchen counter. Day by day, the mail gradually increased. After I finally took the time to go through it and start fresh, to my dismay, the pile quickly grew back. In order to halt this vicious cycle, I created a rule and announced it to my family: Don’t let the mail touch the counter. This rule encouraged us to make a quick sort, getting rid of junk mail immediately, and then disbursing the rest of the papers to the appropriate locations. That rule has become our standard, and I’m pleased to report that we no longer have mail lingering in our kitchen!
Here are some guidelines for establishing your own rules:
Let’s face it, these principles can be applied to any type of behavioral change in your life, including healthier eating habits, losing weight, practicing better time management, etc. We are simply applying this concept to your home. But by focusing on one simple change and making a rule to support that new habit, you are taking a concrete step to make your home more ordered, more functional--one step at a time.
For a printable resource to brainstorm rules that work for you, click here.
About Denise ...
The core of who I am comes from my faith in God and my relationships with my husband Sandy and our four amazing children. That's where I want to spend my time! Having a well ordered home enables me to focus less time on things and more time on what makes life worth living. Join me as we journey together to make our homes a haven.