Five minor miracles to celebrate this early February!
1. My daughter was on time to school every day last week. Despite our elaborate efforts, we had consistently been arriving late. So we looked at what wasn't working and noticed that one thing in particular was hanging things up: My daughter wasn't starting to get dressed when she needed to (it didn't take her long once she got going). So now she gets an instant reward if she can get dressed in ten minutes. It's helped to apply the reward at the precise moment it's needed. And, in looking back at my post on this from last year, I think the rewards system we're using now is more effective. Will blog about it soon.
2. I picked up the two things that were on the floor of my office, then vacuumed the carpet. The difference between this temporary office-floor pickup and this longer-lasting office-floor cleanup? Not only did I actually go through the papers this time (with some good help), I cleaned up the surface of my desk, and I emptied and labeled a bunch of slots in a mail sorter so I have a place to put paperwork from projects I'm working on. I also listed small paperwork tasks on each day of the week on my weekly housework plan.
3. I found a dried-up wasp under my bed. It was in a pile of books and papers I was cleaning out. I'm so happy not to have encountered the wasp in my bed back when the creature was still alive. I can vacuum under my bed now, too, by the way.
4. You can see what we call the "pretty couch." You can even sit on it. That's because it's not buried under a mountain of clean laundry. I've been cultivating the habit of bringing a little clean laundry upstairs every day. And ... actually putting it away! It's on my housework chart as well. I'm highly motivated by being able to color in little squares on a table on my computer!