It's often murmured by smug people as they darn their socks. You know....a stitch in time?
You know, once I'm over feeling slightly defensive for waiting until there's a proverbial hole in my bucket, I see that there is some real wisdom in "prevention."
Today's Tidy Habit is: prevent messes before they happen.
Tidy people have the foresight to put rugs near entryways for wiping feet. SUPER tidy people make people take their shoes off before going any further into the house. I really like that idea in theory, but...my feet hurt when I don't wear shoes.
Anyway, I've noticed that Tidies are always one step ahead of the mess tsunamies. They don't let their kids eat and drink on the couch. Horrors! Children are confined to tables or blankets to eat their snacks? That's child abuse.
Tidies use things like Water Armour to keep shower walls and doors clear of soap scum.
Tidies have stain-resistant coatings on their carpet and furniture. Brilliant.
They put coasters under cups and glasses. Placemats under plates. Imagine!
Those crazy Tidies use spatter-guards on their frying pans.
They put foil in the bottom of their ovens.
They put extra trashbags in the bottom of trashcans.
They put their toasters on small trays to catch the crumbs.
I've even seen them put bibs on babies! And mats under their highchairs!
Thinking, thinking! These people are always thinking ahead, so that when the inevitable spill or mess happens, it is a cinch to clean up. I have such begrudging admiration.
Today's Small Thing is to use an ounce of prevention.
Take one of the ideas above....or one of your own...to stop messes before they happen.
Your kids will live if you make they eat their snacks in the kitchen, AT THE TABLE. You will have less mess to clean AND create some good eating habits in the process.
Taking your dirty shoes off really isn't that hard...especially if you have some Mr. Roger's styled house shoes to slip into.
Maybe some Scotch-guard on your furniture will keep it looking nicer, longer.
I'll bet the list is endless. You choose!
I'd love to hear your Prevention Tips! What tactics do you use to stop messes in their tracks? I'm really getting into these Tidy Habits....how about you??
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