Dear Jane, Motivation needed

Brylee Huber, Editor

Dear Jane,

   I come seeking advice from you concerning one of my biggest issues yet: my house is such a mess, but I can’t find the time, nor the motivation to clean it! I understand you may be thinking that my only issue is laziness, but that’s not all my fault.

   When I get home, I am struck with the cooking dilemma, and by the time I have decided what to do for that issue, there is no time for me to clean before I start over the next day!

   If you have any advice for me, it would be greatly appreciated.

Sincerely,

Sir Frogs

Dear Sir Frogs,

   It appears that your issue is the lack of organization, and I don’t mean with tangible objects. My recommendation is to create a detailed weekly plan.

   Step one would be to get a planner or a calendar. Make a particular dinner plan, and make sure you have all of the ingredients to avoid the impromptu store runs. If something can be prepared early, do it over the weekend. Also, plan for leftover or take-out nights so you are not spending all of your time cooking.

   Next, commit to cleaning particular rooms or completing certain tasks each day. For the dirtier spots or larger rooms, plan to do this on one of your leftover nights. If you successfully complete your goals, color in the calender with green.

   If you have more green by the end of the week, treat yourself to a rare dessert or a night out.

   It may seem daunting, but if you follow this schedule weekly, the tasks will grow smaller until it’s just a stray object here and there. I promise that the more clean and organized your life is, the less stressed you will feel.

Jane