My house has gotten away from me. I’m not keeping up on anything. The worse it gets, the more discouraged I get, and the less energy I have to do anything about it.
Don’t get me wrong. My house is not total filth. But I used to do fairly well at keeping it picked up and cleaned. Even the occasional scouring. For my personal standards, it has gotten out of control.
A few days ago I decided to try mini goals. I printed a blank calendar for the month and filled in my first thing on Thursday: clean the bathroom. Okay, okay, I know this should be routine, but it hasn’t been for me lately. So after work, getting kids to bed and exercising, I cleaned the bathroom. I immediately felt better for having gotten it done!
That night, I wrote down what I wanted to accomplish Friday night: sweep and vacuum the main floor, and wash the bathroom floor. Done!
I decided what I wanted to complete today, Saturday. I gave myself a choice. I could either vacuum the steps, or wash the rugs and floor in our mud room. I despise both tasks. I chose to wash the rugs and floor. The floor is now washed and rugs are in the washer!
Tomorrow we’re going to a retirement party for my dad, so my only goal is to repot the plant I got from my grandma, who has recently moved to assisted living.
I have also written out when I need to do my wii workouts, and it’s helping so far.
I know some of this might seem really silly. At one point in my life, it would have seemed silly to me too. But with how crazy life has gotten, I’m finding I need to plan this stuff out. Not too far in advance though. Just one day ahead so I still have flexibility on what needs to be done. Basic stuff like dishes is a daily thing, but none of the extras were getting done.
Once I’m caught up on some basic cleaning, I’ll be working on spring cleaning, even though it’s now summer. 🙂 And some extra projects like finishing baby books.
I really hope I can keep this up. It feels good already, and I’m excited to see what my house can look like with a bit of effort. I definitely feel better when my house is kept up.
* Disclaimer: Yes, I know I can’t focus on the house over the kids. I’m not, which is how it’s gotten so bad!