The uncomfortable comfort zone

A couple of months ago, margekatherine at Inside Out Cafe challenged all of us to try something new, to take a step outside our own comfort zone. I don’t know about other people, but I’m using the No Comfort challenge partly as a self improvement, “let’s fix Sharon”, project.

And that makes the whole idea of my comfort zone kind of interesting (in the “interesting” = “really really awful” sense). Parts of my life are like a very tiny, hard to find, pebble in my shoe that keeps slipping under my foot as I walk and digging into the arch or the heel or getting caught between two toes. You’d think it would be worth the trouble to stop and get rid of it, but I don’t do it. I don’t want to be embarrassed by getting caught balancing on one leg with my shoe off. I don’t want to take the time. I don’t really think I’ll be able to track it down – it’s such a ridiculously small pebble! – and get rid of it for good. And after all, I’ve been walking on it this long. I’m used to it, sort of. I think I can just keep going in spite of the pebble, can’t I?

We only need half the table for meals – so the other half gets full

One of my most annoying pebbles – the one with lots of sharp edges – is housework. Specifically, getting things organized. You may think you’re bad at organizing, but I bet I’m worse. (And even if I’m not, I feel like I am!) So, this week, I want to celebrate a very awkward-feeling stumble away from my uncomfortable comfort zone. Many thanks to beverleysmith at January to December, who put up a post a couple of weeks ago that reminded me about Flylady with her baby steps for getting organized!

Clear (mostly) at last! Now to keep it this way.

Well, I’m starting – I’m not following Flylady’s entire program by a long shot, but I am keeping my sink empty and making myself find fifteen minutes a day to pick things up. I have a very very long way to go, but things are a little better.

I’m very much an organizing toddler, though. And it’s frustrating. 😮

16 responses to “The uncomfortable comfort zone

  1. Send you warm and fuzzy hugs. Your table looks lovely the hard thing now is to keep it clear. My children came home from university for Easter and they think i have gone mad, but oh well, nothing new there then 🙂 Thanks for mentioning me and good luck, I shall add new pics and get on with what i started – again 🙂

    • Thank you!! And yes, it’s been clear before for a few days at a time…somehow I need to make keeping it clear a habit! And as for children – at that age I think it’s their job to tell their parents they (the parents) are mad. And it’s our job to be an embarrassment to them. Oh well it evens out after a few more years.

      Looking forward to your posts! 🙂

  2. I love your analogy about living with the pebble in the shoe because we’ve grown used to it! In addition to listening to Flylady, another thing I picked up (from her maybe?) is to say “What 5 things can I do before I walk out the door?” and then I quickly hang clothes, move shoes, arrange the table… and I’m out the door.

    Getting organized on the outside helps getting clear on the inside. And it’s a good feeling too, isn’ it?

    Thanks for sharing!

    • Glad you liked the analogy! Actually, it was fun working out the details, so I guess the pebble was good for something after all. As for getting organized feeling good – well, once I’m organized I can have an opinion on that. 😉

  3. Okay be honest how does it look a day later? 🙂

    • Actually – pretty much the same! (Added – some mail I need to process tomorrow morning and a few wildflower photos my husband took recently and wanted to show off. All of that needs to be someplace else by tomorrow night.) I did spend some time throwing things out and putting things away to keep it (almost) clear, and made a tiny dent – more of a scratch – in another pile nearby. So far so good!

  4. I just love the way you describe this with the pebble in the shoe I felt it a grand analogy!
    Change is hard no matter how big or small. I applaud you for your efforts. Remember that all hard work leads to profit but mere talk only to poverty. Prov 14:23

  5. I am more like the first table like! 🙂

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  7. it’s amazing how quickly things can pile up on the table. I too have committed to clearing it at least once a week. makes a big difference.

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