Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Little Changes



I have made several little changes that have made a good impact.

1. I put a small basket in my kitchen and one in my bathroom for kitchen and bathroom laundry. This has made it easier for me to: get dirty laundry together (so dirty dish rags are in a basket rather than on the kitchen floor waiting to get to the hamper), wash like things together (both of these baskets get thrown into one load that gets hot water treatment), and it even makes it easier to fold and put away (because the load is all the same kind of thing and going to the same places).

2. Andrew's grandparents bought him several sets of beautiful wooden blocks for Christmas and they have sat sadly neglected in their basket for weeks. To get these great toys incorporated into his play I just moved the basket into a different spot and we have had elaborate cities, playgrounds and bridges cropping up ever since.

3. To cut down on the after dinner dishes, I have been washing dishes as I cook. This not only cuts down on the time it takes to wash dishes after dinner, but it also makes the dishes easier to wash since the food has not had time to harden onto things. My guess is that folks with dishwashers already sort of do this.

I guess what is most telling to me about this list is how much I thrive on routine. When I think about how little these changes are, I find it so amusing that they feel so big. My life is so routine and cyclical right now that the smallest change really makes an impact. So funny to think I've really shaken things up with a new laundry basket in the kitchen! One can only guess what might be next....

5 comments:

Susan said...

I know what you mean. We moved our lamps around last week and it felt like a new house.

Shannon said...

All I can think about is eating that cookie dough.

Miss Vicki said...

Is it a decorative basket in the kitchen?

Robyn said...

Mom, you are hilarious!! I knew that you would wonder about that! And I also thought, "If my mom were to do this, she would need a cuter basket...with a cover!" Definitely not decorative...functional. But, more decorative than a pile of dishrags. I've thought about getting a cuter basket with a cover (you know, for when my mom comes to visit! ;) ), but I really like being able to just thrown the rags in without removing a cover.

The "basket" in the bathroom is really a plastic bowl on top of my dryer...now THAT could using some cute-ing up. word?

Miss Vicki said...

It doesn't need a cover, that just adds to the work of tossing the towel. Perhaps a Vermont sap bucket. Functional and interesting. An antique biscuit tin would also be great. As you can see it is getting my creative juices flowing. (I really don't have any creative juices but I can copy other peoples ideas.)