Just Do It, Being More Intentional with the Little Things

Living Intentionally

I’m one of those people who can walk by a piece of string on the floor and tell myself, Β “I’ll get it when I vacuum”. I can walk past the pile of laundry and say, “I don’t have enough time right now. I’ll get it later.” But recently I’ve noticed this creeping into my children’s attitude.

They will put off things until they really need to get them done or they just don’t see things that need to be done. I’m sure I’m partly at fault for this attitude. This past week it hit me, why don’t I just be more intentional with the little things to help show my kids how to not procrastinate.

It’s really not easy for me to make this change, but I know in the long run, it will really help keep my house in order and give my kids a good example to follow. What changes will I be making, you might be asking?

The Little Things I Will Be Changing

If the laundry needs folding, I’ll take the few minutes it takes Β to just get it done. Instead of letting it sit until I need to run another load through the dryer.

If I see clutter where it shouldn’t be, I will put the items in their proper place. Instead of walking past those items three or four times before I put it away.

If the soap is almost empty in the dispencer, I will take the time to refill it right away.

I will get my housework out-of-the-way early in the day so I don’t want to put it off. That way I can enjoy a nice clean house all day long. πŸ™‚

If there is lint or string on the floor I will pick it up as I’m going past. Instead of letting it lay on the floor for the vacuum. Because really it only takes a second it get it done.

Are there little things you intentionally put off so you can “do them later”? I would love to hear that I’m not alone in leaving things for later. Please share in the comments below, the tasks you like to put off for later.


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13 thoughts on “Just Do It, Being More Intentional with the Little Things”

  1. I read this post earlier today, and you have no idea how many times it crossed my mind as I walked around the house today. πŸ™‚ I ended up doing a lot of cleaning today and tried to get things done sooner rather than later. Thanks for the inspiration, Shelly!

  2. We are temporarily in a little space for a few months and I’ve adopted this same mantra. It really makes a difference taking care of the little things right away! Glad to find you on the SITS thread πŸ™‚

  3. This is definitely me! I think my worst procrastination is with the refrigerator…if leftovers don’t get eaten, I just let them get pushed back father and father to the back of the shelf. πŸ™ Of course, then it’s a big mess and a waste of food too.

    Thanks for the encouragement not to procrastinate!

  4. This is completely me. I always leave things till the last minute. Or I would see something, like a sock or piece of paper on the floor and tell myself “I will get it next time I pass by”…..every time I pass by. Next thing I know it has been a week and that sock is still there. πŸ™

    I think I am going to work on this as well, because like you said it really only takes a few seconds most of the time.

    1. Christina, that’s great you’re going to work on it. I know you can do it. I have noticed since I have been using the just do it attitude my house is so much more picked up.

  5. I so need to do this myself! All to often I find myself sitting on the couch looking at a bunch of little things that need to be put away, thinking the house is clean other than putting away a, b, c, and d. But then I just keep sitting there and thinking how I will do it later! It is crazy! I really need to just take care of it when I see it!

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