Being Intentional: Cleaning Up After Meals

My intentional life goal this month:  Cleaning up after meals

Yes, I realize it’s April 17.  We are already a third of the way into the year, and this is about when I stop doing all that I intended to do for the year.  Ugh.  New Year’s resolutions pretty much start to become extinct during this time.  I am just as guilty.  I have fallen short this month on my intentional life goal, but I will prevail.  I will NOT quit!  Oh, no.  My plan for April is to clean off the table and counters and do ALL the dishes after EVERY meal.  I may be starting late, but at least I’m starting!  I struggle with this one.  It seems like a very daunting task to clean up ALL those dishes after meals, especially dinner.  Now, I always finish the job, but I’m very guilty of the “I’ll do it later” strategy.  My procrastinating gene goes into full effect.  But the truth is…I feel much better looking at a clean kitchen.  And, it takes less time than always think it will.

I read once on that one’s goal should be to have the kitchen completely cleaned, including counters, table and sink, dishes put away (arrghh..) and a clean rag beside the sink for the next day.

So…that is my goal.  I want to LOVE a clean, tidy kitchen.  I always appreciate it after I’ve done it.  But I want to love it so much, that I look forward to looking out over my clean, tidy, sparking kitchen once more before I turn out the light and head to bed to relax for the night.  Maybe that is a little melodramatic, but I know it’s a worthy goal.  And I will especially be thankful for my nighttime efforts the next morning when I wake to no dishes staring at me reminding me I failed to follow through…again.

I’m on mission this year to live intentionally.  To follow through on one thing per month.

So, you ask, how have I been doing with my previous month’s intentional steps?

  • I am proudly making my bed daily…I’ve probably only missed 2 or 3 times.  
  • Meal planning…Hit or miss, sadly.  I have no excuse.  Still a huge struggle for me.  But I’m intentionally trying to eat healthier, does that count?
  • Drinking 64 oz water daily…I am actually surprised at how difficult it is for me to drink this much water daily!  I am intentionally drinking more water daily than I was, but not necessarily hitting the 64 oz mark.  

So, there you have it.  I will continue with my intentional follow through plan for the rest of the year and continue with my monthly updates.  Check back next month for my post on loading and unloading that dreaded dishwasher.  Why that is so difficult for me, I’ll never know.

Are you making any intentional changes in your own life?  Let’s encourage one another to stick with it! 

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