Lately it has become apparent to me that with all the balls I'm balancing~homemaking, parenting, homeschooling, blogging, life in general~I have dropped the house cleaning one majorly. Please don't tell my mother! I looked around the other day and couldn't believe the dust on everything, the floors that needed to be vacuumed/swept, all of the stuff piled around, not to mention the toys I was tripping over... You get the picture.
Now don't think that I'm of the opinion that my house needs to be perfect at all times, just maybe once in a while. LOL Seriously though, I like to have a relatively tidy house. One that can be picked up fairly quickly if there's unexpected visitors and, to be honest, it's usually like that. But homeschooling this year has been all-consuming for me--and I don't apologize for that. But I do think I can structure my days better and manage my time more efficiently so that I don't become overwhelmed with it all. So this past week that has been my mission. And I think I'm coming along nicely.
But for some reason I'm scared to talk about cleaning my house. The last time I mentioned it on my Facebook status I was berated (in a joking sort of way) by my friends telling me to "let it go", "don't worry about it", "that dust isn't going anywhere". I said "yeah, that dust hasn't been anywhere in a long, long time!" haha Since then though I've been wondering, why is it not *socially acceptable* (for lack of a better term) to want to have a clean, neat house? Why am I made to feel like a OCD freak if I mention cleaning? Personally, I think it's because we all want to know that our friend's and neighbor's houses are just as messy as ours, because it makes us feel better about letting our house go. I know when my house is a wreck, I sure don't want to hear about everyone else's photo-ready homes.
But on the other hand, channeling a little June Cleaver once in a while isn't necessarily a bad thing. I want to have a clean house, not just for my personal satisfaction, but for my husband and my children. I want them to have a cozy, warm, safe haven to live in. One that they're comfortable living in, comfortable inviting their friends into, one that they can be proud of and one that's a place they want to be. Home is where we spend the majority of our time. Especially for our family right now since my husband currently has a home office and I am homeschooling. Home should be a comforting sort of place. And when it's in complete disarray, that doesn't happen.
So I'm striving to stay more focused and follow some easy tips that I've picked up here and there along the way. It really makes my life easier and I feel good when I get into bed at night instead of thinking of all the stuff I have waiting for me the next morning. It's not an overnight process and it will always be one of those balls that occasionally gets dropped, but that's okay. That's life.
And just for fun, here are Martha Stewart's top 6 daily things. What do you think about them? Are they things you do? My responses are in italics.
1. Make the Bed
Tidiness begets tidiness. A crisply made bed makes the whole room seem more orderly, which makes it less likely that you'll let other things -- such as clothes and papers -- pile up around it.
(I do this everyday, or my husband does this~whoever is out of bed last is the one who has to make it at our house).
2. Manage Clutter
Whenever you leave a room, take a quick look around for anything that isn't where it should be. Pick it up and put it where it belongs. Insist that everyone in the household do the same. (I do try to do this. Everyone else, not so much. I'm working on that because this is a great tip!).
3. Sort the Mail
Take a few minutes to open, read, and sort mail as soon as you bring it inside. Keep a trash bin near your sorting area for junk mail. Drop other mail into one of four in-boxes: personal correspondence, bills, catalogs, and filing. (I love looking at my mail~I'm weird like that. So I never let it pile up).
4. Clean as You Cook
Instead of filling the sink with pots and dishes, wash them or put them in the dishwasher as you prepare a meal. (This one I'm not very good at, to be honest. I do try to put things in the dishwasher as I go, but if it's something that doesn't go in there, my sink gets really full and then I feel overwhelmed after it's all over. But my hubby has majorly kicked in lately on helping do dishes. He's AWESOME!).
5. Wipe Up Spills While They're Fresh
Whether it's tomato sauce on the cooktop or makeup on the bathroom counter, almost anything is faster and easier to remove if you attend to it immediately. (Yes, yes, yes!!)
6. Sweep the Kitchen Floor
Every evening once you've finished washing up after dinner, sweep the floor. This will keep tough-to-clean dirt and grime from building up, which will make the weekly mopping much quicker. (I'll just tell ya, I hate sweeping. I can't wait until my kiddos are big enough to do this job~since they drop most of the stuff that's under the table anyway. haha I'm trying to be more regular with this though, because waking up to a clean floor is just so nice).
This post is linked to Works-For-Me-Wednesday at We Are THAT Family.