Cleaning up my Kitchen

When I was planting my roses last night, a HUGE mess was made.  I don’t own a bucket (seriously, who doesn’t own a bucket? Okay besides me) so when I had to soak them, it was in my kitchen sink.  Dirt was everywhere—on my wall, on the dish soap, on the floor, on the cabinets, just plain everywhere.  It was a pretty daunting task especially since we also had dishes to do.  In order to tackle it, I just started taking it in little sections.  First, I picked up the big chunks, and then washed down the counters.  After the counters were clear, we did the dishes and swept the floor.  Pretty soon my kitchen was clean as a whistle.

Where am I going with this?  Debt can be just as daunting—I know this all too well. When I wisened up and looked at the sheer amount, I almost wanted to cry.  I was at work though and didn’t want to bawl like a baby in front of my new co-workers.  So I broke it down—medical, school and consumer.  Okay, it still looked pretty bad but now it was in chunks.  I added my guy’s debt into mine and separated that one out as well.

Still, it was a daunting task.  As much as I really wanted to get out of debt, I had no clue as to where to start.  I still wanted to cry but it was getting better.   I came up with a plan of attack—which debts would be paid first, how much a pay period we could be setting aside for our debt.   It was starting to look a little better.  Then I started to plan what I would do when I got out of debt and how it would feel.

Right now, I’m still cleaning my counters.  I haven’t paid down a ton of debt, but I’ve made some progress.  I have the start of an efund and I no longer am living paycheck to paycheck.  I enjoy having money in my wallet at the end of the week.  Granted it might not be much but it’s better than nothing.   And at the end of the 2 weeks, that excess goes right into debt repayment or savings.

 Is your kitchen getting cleaned? What stage are you in?


2 Comments on “Cleaning up my Kitchen”

  1. I love the analogy here! I spent way too long in the other room, ignoring the fact that we even had a kitchen, much less that it was dirty. 🙂

    Once I realized that I couldn’t ignore the debt forever, I too was shocked when I finally learned the total I owed. I double checked, triple checked and yes, it was really THAT much.

    I’ve gotten the big chunks out of the sink, but I’m still on the scrubbing portion of my debt journey. I’ve got a lot of work to do, but the end is in sight.

    • bogofdebt says:

      Thanks 🙂 I also was in my bedroom with my covers pulled over my head. I’m very slowly getting there but I think I’ll have that same sense of accomplishment when I’m finally there that I get out of having a clean kitchen!

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