There was a crooked man and he walked a crooked mile,
He found a crooked sixpence upon a crooked stile.
He bought a crooked cat, which caught a crooked mouse.
And they all lived together in a little crooked house
This was a fun little poem to recite when I was a small child. But as an adult, I find that it mocks me. I glance around my hovel and think that old guy would feel right at home here. Yep, bring your crooked little cat, too, my decrepit friend. There isn't a straightened item in here to make you feel uncomfortable.
When I try and work around a disaster in every room, I get so depressed I start hunching up my shoulders and walking around like the old man in the poem. Real crooked-like.
One thing that helps me get my head in the game is to take a few minutes to straighten things up around the house. The best thing I ever discovered was Minimum Maintenance, a method designed by my housekeeping guru, Bonnie McCullough.
We can talk about Minimum Maintenance at length some other time. For today, we'll do a shorter version of it and get the same amount of points as if we did the full-blown job.
Today's Small Thing is to give yourself 5 to 15 minutes, no more, and just see what a little bit of straightening can do. You could grab a trash bag and dump old newspapers and paper plates with last night's nachos in for greater impact. Tuck pillows and cushions where they belong, clear off the coffee table, toss the dirty socks into the laundry. Work like you mean it for a few minutes! You can even enlist the help of your little crooked kids, if you'd like.
I find that my general posture AND outlook improves when things are straight. I can think about other, more pressing, things with a mental sharpness that is impressive...if not poetic.
POINTS: 40 for 5-15 minutes of walking the line by straightening things up
BONUS POINTS: 20 for getting someone to help you....but just for 5-15 minutes or they might balk the next time. Try setting a timer if you think you might go overboard.
Confession is good for the soul: what's the oddest, oldest or messiest thing you straightened today?