Lessons Learned from Committing a “Neatness” on My Laundry Room…

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Lately, I’ve been better at getting my act together. Unfortunately, this success can lead to some unexpected “results.” These results often create “new issues” for me. Oh, joy. Just what I needed…more stuff to figure out and overcome.

Our laundry room is “Exhibit A” of this.  It’s often so hard to find a needed clothing item in our home that we resort to buying new stuff! Here’s the new “chaos” created when I’ve caught up in that infamous room:

1. A room with the purpose of cleaning stuff can sure get dirty.

2. Our sox multiply when I’m not looking. I’m thinking of getting them birth control.

3. After multiplying, these same sox all separate. You’d think Judge Judy gave them all a divorce decree.

4. I used to think I needed new long-sleeved shirts. Not anymore.

5. My dresser drawers shrunk. Did I somehow manage to put them in the dryer on the high setting?

6. Somebody downsized my closet. If I catch “somebody,” they’re in big trouble, buster.

7. The counter is dusty rose colored. I vaguely remember that now. (Mental Note: Dusty-rose is no longer in fashion. Time to replace the counter top?)

8. My floor is gray. I’m not sure if this is on purpose, or because it hasn’t been vacuumed in a decade, because it’s constantly covered with “stuff.”

9. The top of my washer and dryer is the same color as the front of my washer and dryer. Who knew!?

10. I have not yet disposed of the extra hangers I have left over from a successful breast cancer research garage sale from 3 1/2 years ago.

11. If you hold onto the clothes you wore 16 years ago and spend a year eating Lean Cuisines, you might be able to wear those clothes again. However, I think bell bottoms and crop tops are no longer in fashion. No one wants to see this body in a crop top, even post-Lean Cuisine.

12. I can rack up 4500 + steps on the ol’ pedometer trekking back and forth from my laundry room and my bedroom all day. (The bedroom is next to the laundry room).

13. By the time one de-junks the “war zone,” I no longer need to eat Lean Cuisines.

14. A King-Sized Bed does not adequately hold 3 foot piles of 16 years’ worth of laundry. Is there a Tyrant-Size?

Tomorrow’s mission: Washing quilts, sheets and pillowcases for a Tyrant-Sized bed. Oh, joy.  I feel a chocolate attack coming on.

Point to Ponder Challenge # 1: What possible obstacles might be awaiting you in an improvement project you’re undertaking? What factors make predicting this difficult? Can those factors be managed in some way? Would research on the subject help? 

Point to Ponder Challenge # 2: How do you feel when you encounter even more challenges once you’ve conquered another? Does it lead to derailment of maintaining vanquished challenge? 

Point to Ponder Challenge # 3: Create a “plan” or strategies that help you deal with obstacles, challenges and your negative feelings as you work on your improvement project. Is your plan and are your strategies reasonable? 

Point to Ponder Challenge # 4: Implement the plan and/or strategies! Share your success with us here!





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  1. January 30th, 2013 | Prince William says:

    Re PtPC #1, is a federal grant available for the research?

  2. January 30th, 2013 | maryann says:

    Simple improvement, in and of itself, isn’t reward enough, your majesty?

  3. February 1st, 2013 | Prince William says:

    I’m not averse to growing the reward, especially with my own tax dollars.

  4. February 1st, 2013 | maryann says:


    I’d be careful what you say there…Obama may be “listening.” 😉

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  6. February 15th, 2013 | maryann says:

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