One of the benefits of writing a weblog is that I control what window you have of my life. For example, you can’t see my messy house.
Nor am I brave enough to be like those who take photos and post them. Sorry. Just imagine someone who files horizontally and whose children’s schools are engaging in all-out paper warfare.
(I’m not kidding, either. Each child brings home five sheets of paper a day, minimum, and yet the schools won’t send home one lunch menu a month because “we’re going green.” Trust me, the world’s forests aren’t even going to notice.)
When I attended a lecture on Asperger’s (about which you’ll hear more this week) one of the things we learned was that those with Asperger’s have a difficult time breaking down a big job into manageable bites. It’s a deficit in executive functioning. I’m not diagnosed with Asperger’s myself, but my first thought was, “That’s why I can’t clean my house.”
Because my house is a big project. It keeps getting messy. And I’m too stymied about where to begin.
So I checked out “Motivated Moms,” and I discovered the best thing since Google: for $2, I downloaded a list of cleaning tasks to take me through the rest of the year. (A full year’s planner is $8.)
For two dollars, I now have someone to tell me, “Dude, the mirrors? They’re gross.” And, “It’s Monday. Clean the toilets.” And there are everyday tasks like cleaning the bathroom sinks that make the house just look nicer in general.
I’m actually doing it! I mean, it’s not clean the way my Aunt Rosemary would have cleaned the house. In fact, when my house is at its cleanest, that’s when she’d think, “Wow, I have to start cleaning!” But for me, this is good.
The Motivated Moms list also includes check items for quiet time every day (which I presume we’re supposed to use for prayer, meditation, reading, or a long walk) and time to do hobbies.
What I need next is a daily list of things to do with my soul to get it all cleaned up. You know, like on Monday we should think about the events surrounding Jesus’s birth, and on Tuesday we could think about his death, and… Oh, wait. We have that already in the rosary.
But we could also have a list of readings that will take us through most of the stories of the Bible in about three years… Oh. Wait. We have that too.
Well, at the very least, shouldn’t we have role models of people who we can look to and say, “Today I can focus on these kinds of characteristics…” Oh, hey, what do you know?
See, that’s what makes me happy I’m Catholic. I like checklists. I like to know how to break down a big task into little pieces. (Don’t ask me how I write novels. I don’t really break that process down into little pieces. I just write a novel.)
Now I just hope I can keep my house cleaner than my soul, and then we’ll be okay if anyone drops by.