Ignoring the mess
My kitchen is a complete mess. It has been like this since I got home from the grocery store this morning, I did put away any perishables. But I had some other things I needed to work on, so I just let this mess sit. (Don't worry, I will be cleaning the kitchen as soon as I publish this post, I still need to make dinner.) I actually enjoy cleaning the kitchen, so this is not the same as when I avoid vacuuming or washing the floors. That is just avoiding the chores I don't want to do.
Usually I am the type of person that everything needs to be done before I can go have fun. (I spent the afternoon writing and working on a photo album.) But is everything really ever done? There is always more to clean, to cook or perfect.
So today I tried an experiment, I let the mess sit. Guess what? The world has not come to an end, and I enjoyed my creative projects. To be honest in the last half hour, I started to have a little anxiety about the mess in the kitchen and so I stopped working on my photo album.
I am lucky, because tonight is Adam's late night, so I have plenty of time to clean and cook my dinner before he gets home. I am also lucky that Sterling loves to sleep and not stick his nose in grocery bags. Otherwise I would have tackled the mess and cooked dinner this morning.
Question to consider: Can you leave a mess behind and really enjoy some fun time? (I understand if you have children and need to consider their safety.) I am working on learning to have fun even with a giant to do list.