Confession: I have been doing a terrible job at cleaning my house.
You know how there are some people who really thrive on having a clean house? Or those people who can’t go to sleep at night until they wash the dishes? I’m not one of those people.
My house isn’t super messy because my husband is a bit of a neat freak. He is one of those people who thrive on having everything in it’s place. We struggle with toy clutter, but we have two little kids. It is their job to play! Besides the toys, if something else is out of place it is because of me – not Nate.
When Nate and I got married it became clear pretty quickly that he was the tidy one and I was the clean one. I could leave a dirty sock on the living room floor and not even see it for days. However, I would notice the dirt in the house much sooner than Nate.
We argue about this probably more than anything else. Nate hates my clutter and I just. don’t. see. it. The soap scum in the shower? Nate doesn’t see that. Our brains are seriously wired differently.
I am trying to do a better job of putting things away and not making piles of things to deal with later. I still have several hot spots that seem to always attract my clutter, but I am improving and making compromises.
After Noah was born I barely cleaned a thing because my mother-in-law gave me an amazing baby gift – a cleaning lady for 5 months! She came to my house once a month starting in September 2012 (plus 1 free cleaning before that). I cleaned once or twice before she started in September, but then I didn’t need to worry about the house until February.
Every 4 weeks my cleaning angel would show up for a couple hours. She would fully scrub the bathrooms, hand mop the bathrooms, scrub the kitchen sink, vacuum all the floors (including the steps), mop the dining room, and hand mop the kitchen. Her arrival each month was great motivation for me to tidy the house, dust all the rooms, and wipe down the kitchen appliances. She did all the jobs I hated doing and I did the rest. It was heavenly.
Now it is back to reality and I am seriously struggling to get my groove back. After adding Noah to our family, I never got back into a good cleaning routine. I haven’t mopped floors in months. My bathrooms have been disgusting. My kitchen stays nice because Nate enjoys cleaning up every night after supper. I’ve been striving to keep the house more tidy for my husband, but this place really isn’t clean.
Today Grace is spending the entire day with her grandparents. It has been wonderful to have alone time with Noah. My day has been filled with one-on-one play and trying to give this house a good scrubbing.
While cleaning today I realized that I’m often putting off cleaning because the job seems too big. My thought process looks a little like this…
I should really vacuum the living room, but look at all these toys on the floor. The kids are just going to be in the way while I try to put the toys away. Besides I should probably dust in here before I vacuum. *sigh* I don’t want to dust. Ok, well if I vacuum should I do the couch cushions too? It is been forever since I did those. These kids keep interrupting me. Oh man… I just don’t have the energy for this.
And then I don’t end up doing anything!!! Instead I need to just clean something! ANYTHING!!
Today I am starting the Just Clean Something Challenge. Everyday for the rest of July I am going to clean something. I am going to force myself to stop over thinking it and just do it.
I won’t be following a cleaning schedule.
I won’t be making big goals.
The only goal is to clean at least one thing every day this month. It might be as simple as dusting one mirror or as big as cleaning an entire bathroom. I don’t really care what it is. I just need to start doing something!
Who’s with me? Could you use a kick in the pants? I would love to have you join the “fun.” I’ll be posting periodic updates here on the blog and you can like my page on Facebook to read my daily updates. Each evening I’ll post a “Roll Call!” on my Facebook page for you to share your accomplishments. You are also welcome to post before & after photos on my timeline. If you blog about your experience, feel free use the graphic above and share links to your posts in the comments section of my update posts. I look forward to seeing what progress you make this month!
Accomplishments from Day 1:
- dusted living room & dining room
- vacuumed living room
- scrubbed & mopped full bath
I don’t plan on doing this much everyday, but I wanted to take advantage of having one less little one around.
UPDATE: I completed this challenge! Want to see how I did?
What is your biggest struggle with keeping a clean house? Time? Motivation? Family members messing it up? Are you going to join the Just Clean Something Challenge?