Day 3 / May 15 : Clean Up

“The best time for planning a book is while you’re doing the dishes.” — Agatha Christie

Today, pay attention to how cleaning up your own mess is one of the kindest things you can do, especially for those people closest to you.

For instance, clean up the kitchen after each meal or snack, put your clothes away, make your bed, change the toilet paper roll, and whatever else you need to do to clean up after yourself.

Bonus Work: Expand the concept by thinking about the metaphorical messes you make and how you can clean those up, too.

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5 thoughts on “Day 3 / May 15 : Clean Up

  1. Great concept, Andy. One of the biggest and most pleasant surprises after my (now) husband and I began living together with that I would often walk into the kitchen to find the dishes washed and in the drainer. Wow. What a concept. And we’ve always picked up after ourselves, and done a bit extra, so we each enjoy our living space. And do a bit extra, in running errands and such.

  2. I needed to clean up a methaphorical “mess” that I have been making over the last few days when I was in a bad mood. I took it out on my husband and was not very pleasant, particularly I let my being out of sorts result in complaints about things he was NOT doing. Today I felt better – maybe because of this kindness prompt — so I told him how I was feeling and that I was sorry I had been so unpleasant for the last few days. He said, “Thanks, it’s nice having my wife back again.” I pointed out that that other woman was his wife too! But I much prefer this one also.

  3. Cleaning up is a task we are constantly teaching our young boys about. Is it ok for us to leave our trash at the park for someone else to pick up?! No we clean up after ourselves.
    After a hot and long day at the Zoo I spoke in a very disrespectful way to my son. Within 10 minutes I “cleaned up” my mess with an apology and an explanation of how I need to do speak differently…..oh parenthood!

  4. Last night something got spilled on our living room carpet. Not sure which kid, cat, dog, or poltergeist did it. So this afternoon, after a morning of running errands, I cleaned it up. It was sticky and humid in the house, and I was tired and didn’t really feel like doing it, but I did. Then I got on the computer and was chatting with my mom for a long time. When I came back into the living room, there was my spouse, cleaning up the carpet! It really made me appreciate how we both clean up after the messes without trying to determine whose kid or pet did it (we are a blended family) and how much better life is when you just do what has to be done without laying fault or blame.

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