Years ago I read a book full of great practical ideas for homemaking. It was called, Sink Reflections by FlyLady. I devoured every word of every page and began to employ it immediately. Her techniques worked in the practical sense. My kitchen sink shined every day, my home was getting cleaned in 15 minute increments, and my walking shoes were getting a workout. The problem is that it only lasted a couple of weeks before I got tired of it.
I kept waiting for that magical moment when I’d look at my kitchen sink and smile. After all, FlyLady says if you’re kitchen sink is clean then you are on the road to homemaking joy. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not mocking FlyLady. I adore her. The advice she offered simply didn’t capture my cleaning style. And I realized that a shiny sink wasn’t at the top of my happy scale. I saw that as a basic and must-do job for sanitary purposes. I had to dig deeper.
So I sat back and pondered what makes me happy. What makes me smile when I see that task done? And as I lay in bed that night, smelling the patchouli and lavender essential oils on the freshly laundered sheets, it hit me. A clean, fresh smelling, soft, made bed. THAT is the one thing that makes me smile. From there forward I made sure to take care of my bed each and every day because that is my “one thing”.
I took this line of thinking one step further and asked my husband what his “one thing” is. And then I asked each of my boys. Each had different opinions so that gave me the tools I needed to do that one thing per day (or per week) in some cases so that they had that “smile” moment too. Smiles are from joy which lead to lots of peace and a happy home. And all I did was ask.
So, what is your one thing?
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