Monday, January 4, 2010

New Habit for January

In my list of goals for this year, I have that I want to choose and develop a new habit or two each month. I think this is a great way for me/us to get into the habit of doing things that we should do but usually don't.

I know which one I want to work on right away :) I want both of us to get into the habit of taking our dirty dishes from the table to the sink or dishwasher when we're finished with the meal or snack. Usually we just let them sit and I clean them up the next day or whenever I get around to it. And it's annoying to have to go hunting down dirty dishes each time I run the dishwasher. Why haven't I done anything about it before? I don't know.

This might be more along the lines of creating and sticking to a new "house rule" but it's certainly something that if we do it often enough, we'll get into the habit of doing it.


Sally said... [Reply to comment]

Good idea! Andrew always does that---but somehow I get into many other things as the meal winds down and don't get mine and the kids dishes to the sink right away. Maybe I'll try this too. (As it is, as I am walking around at random times, I grab a few dishes and put them in the sink as I go past and eventually get them all over there.)

Cate said... [Reply to comment]

That's a good goal. I find that picking up throughout the day really helps keep clutter to a minimum once bedtime arrives (I tend to do one last sweep through the apartment to put things in their place before I go to bed). We used to leave lights on in other rooms all the time, but once we started making an effort to turn them off when we left a room, it became second nature. I don't think it'll take you and Daniel long to get in the habit of picking dishes up as you go.