It's the Little Things That Matter

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(Editor's Note: I apologize for not being familiar with the theory that we originally mentioned in this post before publishing it and including it in today's email. We've edited the post to remove the reference. Thanks for your comments, I really appreciate it. - Janel)

Ignoring or overlooking small problems opens the door to more serious ones, but quickly addressing those little, seemingly less important issues prevents larger ones from developing.

Look around your space right now. Are there a few things that you'd like to address? Of course there are. What's stopping you? How much better would you feel if you took 10 minutes to adjust the nail in that always-falling-sideways picture frame or put away that laundry from last week? The answer? A lot better. In fact, disproportionally better and here's why.

When you let your home slip into disarray it sends you and your family a dangerous subliminal message. After all, if there's laundry already out, what the difference if you leave your dirty clothes on the floor too? Maybe toss aside your apple core. Who knows? It's a slippery slope, people!

Everyone gets off track now and then, but rather than letting it build into a big, dramatic all-or-nothing situation, why not try making small corrections as things come up? Everyone loves the satisfaction of a whirlwind clean, but the days (or weeks) prior to whatever last straw incited the manic need to purge are not exactly happy-at-home evenings. It's stressful to live in a space when you're constantly thinking about what needs doing. So do it. Do it now and check it off your constantly running mental list.

(Image credits: Kim Lucian)