My favorite season is fall! I love sweaters, jeans, blankets and hot drinks. The only thing I do not like about fall is that you have to wear shoes and the dreadful socks. My feet love to be free, unhindered, and not sweaty. Preferably in flip-flops! In fact, the only reason I am able to tolerate summer is that I LOVE flip flops. I love Old Navy’s $1 flip flop sale, and I always pick up a couple extra pairs whenever I get a chance. (Just ask my husband how many pairs of shoes are stuffed under the bed!) Moral of this story: I hate shoes!
Fortunately or unfortunately, my hatred for shoes has been passed on to my four year old son. He never has shoes on, and, more importantly, never has any idea where a pair of shoes might be located. As soon as he walks in the house the shoes come off and disappear into some obscure corner. Even last night when we got home from church and I asked him to get a diaper for Jacob, his response was, “After I take my shoes off.” I don’t even want to know how many times we have ran around the house frantic to find any pair of shoes that would halfway work so that we can get out the door. My frustration continued to grow and grow, as this would eventually become a multiple times per day occurrence. I couldn’t handle it anymore, and thankfully I just happened to come across a blog post that helped me fix the problem. Its instruction was to pick the one thing that annoys you the most and figure out a solution to fix that one problem. And actually get it done! Now, I could have picked how to keep toys off the floor, dirty dishes off the kitchen counter, or any number of other things. But the one thing that really made my blood boil was…the missing shoes.
A friend of mine had just bought Tupperware containers for shoes and put them right by the door, under a table. They were small containers but were big enough to hold the shoes nicely. If Luke would simply take his shoes off by the door and leave them there, then I wouldn’t need a bin. However, his normal behavior is to get halfway into the house before they come off. So I decided to put our shoe bin in the middle of our split level house, by the stairs that lead up to the bedrooms. I informed everyone in the house that if you didn’t take off your shoes by the door, and didn’t want to take them to your room, then your only other option was to put them into the shoe bin. The kids caught on quickly, actually much more quickly than their mom! 🙂 Now, of course the problem isn’t 100% fixed, but most of the time we are able to find at least one pair of shoes in the bin that he can wear. This gets us out the door with one less stress, and that makes me happy!
What is the one thing that annoys you over and over? What one step can you do to make it better? Do it! Trust me it is worth it!!!
Proverbs 28:2 When a country is rebellious, it has many rulers, but a ruler with discernment and knowledge maintains order.