February's habit of wiping off the bathroom counters each day has been challenging to implement. Mid-month I almost gave up . . . Enter the mental image of me standing at the mirror yelling, "I quit"; them calm me responding, "No, I don't" and heading back to do my best to establish this habit . . . .
I have a large container of disinfecting wipes left over from a pack of three I bought for my daughter's class last fall. Actually, I have two left (why I bought a pack of three very large wipe containers when I only needed one, still escapes the logic side of my brain). Two containers - perfect - one for each of our bathrooms. I moved the containers under the sinks for easy access and started wiping what of the counter I could see. In the master bathroom this was the space of about the size of a dessert plate at first. Yikes!
I needed to consistently have the counter cleared enough to access it with the wipes. So, last week I moved the items I use each morning into a portable container and stashed it under the sink. This freed up some space. After adding things from my bathroom drawers to my "morning container" I was able to move most of what lived on my counter out of sight. NICE! What a difference! Now I can actually get at the counter consistently enough to wipe it off.
This habit has mostly affected just "my" side of the counter in our master bath. I didn't even try to touch my husband's side of the counter. The main bathroom has also benefited a bit. I didn't get it wiped everyday, but even that counter has been cleared a bit more and there appears to be some improvement. I even caught my five year old wiping the counter the other day. Her comment, "It needed it, Mommy" Wow! Habits really do wear off on those around you. I am so thankful this one was a good one.