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Go clean out the refrigerator — now

Do you ever feel like you are drowning? You are going down for the last time and no one is there to save you! In fact, the whirlpool is about to suck you into the dark abyss. This is how we all feel when we are living in CHAOS. The whirlpool is the vicious cycle we are living in, and we don't know how to stop it. You can't even remember how you got into the dangerous waters in the first place.

I can tell you exactly how. Procrastination! You didn't want to look at the problem so you put it off. You probably still don't want to address the issues that are drowning you. But we do this every single day.

You see, it is not one thing that is pulling you under, it is all the things that got our homes in the shape they are in. Everything is connected, and when one thing starts getting sucked into the whirlpool, the rest will follow. Unless you start to pull your own self out one bad habit at a time. I know you don't believe me, but as strange as it may seem, FLYing can give you the life preservers when nothing else will.

We put off paying bills. We put off buying groceries. We put off planning menus. We put off doing our taxes. You name it, we can find a way and an excuse for putting it off. We have to stop this right now! Just stopping one thing will keep your head above water.

Wednesday is always anti-procrastination day, menu planning day and clean out the refrigerator day. Look at what taking care of these things will do for this whirlpool you have gotten yourself into. With the refrigerator cleaned out, you can see what food you need to buy, what you need to use up and what leftovers can be used in a pot of soup. Just the act of doing it starts your mind thinking about menus and a grocery list. While you are cleaning out the refrigerator, keep your grocery list handy so you can jot down a few ideas for next week's meals.

Now after you have cleaned out the refrigerator, sit down with a cup of tea for 10 minutes and think about what you can cook next week. Having groceries in the house is half the battle to cooking. When you don't have it on hand, it is just much easier to call for pizza or takeout, which is why you are gaining weight and losing money. Think about the life preserver of just cleaning out the refrigerator: Could this be a key to not falling into the abyss?

You have it in your head that menu planning is going to take a long time, it is hard, or that you have people who won't eat what you cook. Your excuses are just another form of whining and procrastination. If the truth be told, menu planning only takes a few minutes. Eventually you will have several weeks' worth of menus and grocery lists that you can recycle and not even have to go through this process except to clean out the refrigerator so you won't forget to utilize some produce.

Cleaning out the refrigerator along with menu planning saves you money! This is money that can be used to pull yourself out of this whirlpool. You have to start someplace. So go clean out your refrigerator!

My hand is out — grab it and we will FLY together!

For more help getting rid of your CHAOS; check out: or "Sink Reflections" published by Bantam and "Body Clutter" published by Fireside. Copyright 2007 Marla Cilley. Used by permission in this publication.