30 days – a new habit in June

by Tsh Oxenreider

Tsh is the founder of this blog and just finished traveling around the world with her husband and 3 kids. Her latest book is Notes From a Blue Bike, and believes a passport is one of the world's greatest textbooks.

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I admit it – going to bed by 10:30 was much harder than I anticipated. Even when it was high on my radar as I made it my habit focus for May, there were so many unexpected events and situations.

We’ve had an onslaught of company, my youngest is still not sleeping through the night, and the sun is staying up later and later. These aren’t excuses, but they are reasons for my difficulty in going to bed at a reasonable hour.

The times I was able to stick to my bedtime were wonderful – I was refreshed and rested the next day, I had an early, cool morning to myself where I could fully complete my morning routine, and I was in a much better mood.

I hope to return to this habit focus in a few months. For now, though, it’s time for a clean start on something new.

My habit focus for June

This month, I’m going to focus on cleaning the kitchen after every meal. Sounds so easy, doesn’t it? You’d think.

Lately we’ve been letting the dishes just sit there all day, and come evening, there’s an intimidating pile with my name on it. It’s so discouraging, and it’s not how I want to end my day.

So starting today through the end of June, I’m going to clean up after every meal right after we’re done, so that after dinner, all I have left are dinner’s dishes. I’ll clear off the dining room table, put dirty dishes in the dishwasher, and clean off the kitchen countertops from cooking.

What about you? What are your plans for the month? Remember, vocalizing your goals helps you stay accountable to your word, and it provides encouragement from everyone around you.

Please share your plans in the comments, or if you’re brave, post your habit focus on your own blog and share the link.

For more good reading, check out Steve Pavlina’s 30 Days to Success.

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  1. Cleaning the kitchen after every meal sounds great, but I’m not going to jump on your bandwagon. Instead I’m going to commit myself to cleaning off my desk every night before I go to bed. I’ll be more productive, because I won’t have to rifle through stacks of stuff to find what I want, and, as my desk is in the middle if my living room, it will make the rest of the room look better. It’s definitely my hotspot at the moment, and that has got to change!

    Kelly from My Small Centss last blog post..Marketing Your Etsy Shop

  2. That’s a good one, Kelly – our desk is in our living room, too. I don’t agree with all of FlyLady’s system, but I do agree with the idea of “hot spots.” We all have them, and our desk is one of them, too.

  3. I’ve started running again so I’m going to commit to 30 days of training for a 5k. Last year I ran a half marathon but I seem to be starting over again since I was lazy over the winter.

    Kristen M.s last blog post..Caterpillars, Week Two

  4. Way to go, Kristen. So how do you train for a 5k? I’m curious how much running you’re wanting to do each day.

  5. Hello Kristen
    This is one habit I think I need to work on so for the month of June I will try to clear up after each meal.
    Hopefully it will be routine after that time.
    Take care

    Cathys last blog post..Thinking times

  6. I stumbled onto this website this morning. What a great find! What a blessing! I’m a very routine by nature, and the busyness of life really gets in my way! I’m forcing myself now to get off the computer now, because I could spend quite sometime here reading all of the very encouraging tidbits. I look forward to coming back during another computer break :)

  7. @Cathy – Sounds good!

    @Kat – Welcome! Glad you stumbled here this morning; let me know if you have any feedback or suggestions.

    I should probably clarify with everyone that just because my habit is to clear up after meals, I’m not at ALL advocating we all do that. I’m simply advocating we encourage each other with habit change! You pick whatever you need the most. This one just happens to be mine.

  8. I am committing to doing SOMETHING everyday exercise wise – whether it is a yoga class or a run or even a walk after dinner with the family. Something….everyday in June.

    J :)

  9. Here in NYC- with the prominence of roaches and mice- leaving dirty dishes just isn’t an option. Even without a dishwasher- which few nyc apartments have. I have my husband- the “dishwasher” at night. During the day I’m on my own.

    For my own habit- Because I’m entering my 3rd trimester and really want to try for natural childbirth, I’m going to commit to walking 4 days a week and starting prenatal yoga once a week this week. I keep saying I’ll do it and just end up walking once or twice a week because I get too busy. Thanks for the encouragement to get going.

    Julias last blog post..Ohdeedoh Scavenger: Best of 06.02.08

  10. I think that mine will be the same as yours. We are moving in to a place with a much smaller kitchen than our previous house, so we have to be more careful about making sure that the dishes make it into the dishwasher with greater frequency than previously.

  11. Love it, do something fun for me…time how long it takes to do the dishes after each meal. I did this a few months ago and realized it took me 5-10 minutes – that’s it, I was surprised! I then laughed at myself that so much misery was given to 5-10 minutes that after doing it brought so much peace and order – this helped me put it into perspective and it hasn’t been a struggle since – have fun – keep us posted on your progress!

  12. P.S. I’m committing to exercising every single day – something!! :) So far so good!

  13. This weekend, I went out and bought what I need to start walking every day. I needed good shoes and a double stroller plus a few fun extras to motivate me. I’ve downloaded some ridiculously fun and fast music to my iPod and I will be starting tomorrow! My goal is to start with 15 minutes and adding five minutes each week until I’m up to an hour, repeating any weeks’ time that’s difficult for me. I’m writing about it on my blog, so if you want to keep me accountable, check it out. 😉

    Lauras last blog post..Walking goal…so far

  14. When I first read your habit for June, I thought, I would love to do that, but thought I would start with something easier (for me).

    Last month, I set up a home-management notebook, daily docket and weekly checklist (thanks for the blogs about that) but I’m not in the habit of using them every day. I will check and update them daily in June.

    Jana’s comment above has added encouragement for me so I will join you on the tidy after every meal habit. Why wait for July when I could have an extra month with a clean kitchen?

    Suzes last blog post..What is a music lover to do? Part2

  15. My habit is to have a plan for dinner every night of the week, including weekends and stick to it. I have been really good about the week days, but come the weekend, and I find myself all out of gumption to have a plan and/or to stick with it. SO, I’ve mapped out 31 meals for this month and am seeking to stick with it, even the weekends. I’m hoping this will save us $ in grabbing fast food on our way home from church on Sunday’s. :)

    Brianas last blog post..A Little Plug…and a contest!!

  16. One of my personal goals for this year is to learn to be myself, without fear. To censor myself less, and practice speaking up and following my heart. One of the ways I’m practicing that is by commenting on blogs and in forums, but I hope soon I will be brave enough to do it face to face with another person (besides my husband, who really gets quite enough of my opinions, lol)

    alicias last blog post..Prince Caspian Movie and Parallels to Life.

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    Laura Hamby says:

    I love your blog…. My husband and I had a kid-free weekend this past weekend (we have 3 boys- 5, 4, and 11 months) and we spent most of it organizing and decluttering. Our goal is this: “don’t put down. put away”. That encompasses the kitchen after every meal :) It’s HARD, but seems to make my days easier in the same sense, because I’m not burdened by all the clutter. Anyways, thanks for your great advice and information!

  18. I’m going to be a little less ambitious. I think my goal will be to wash the dishes before the day is over, instead of leaving them for the next morning (yuck).

    Rachel@SmallNotebooks last blog post..Handmade Gifts: Baby Edition

  19. I’m going to keep the dining room table clear so we can use it for its purchased purpose – to eat together as a family for at least dinner each day!

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