On this ninth day of the NO SPEND month, we begin cleaning!
Don’t close your browser and give up. Rather, tell yourself that you can do it and grab that mop!
Ok, I know that cleaning can be bothersome to a lot of people. And I know that it is a little abnormal just how excited I can get about it.
But… A clean house is one you will actually enjoy living in.
Today is all about the bathrooms, the kitchen, and the main living areas. Since the week is full of cleaning, the entire house isn’t going to be done in one day. Go ahead, sigh that sigh of relief!
The recommendation for today is to start in the bathrooms. I agree with that. No one enjoys scrubbing toilets, so get it out of the way. Throw the towels in the laundry, get the kids to help (this is something we are starting to work on in our house – kids and bathroom cleaning, yeah…), and start disinfecting!
Let me tell you a little secret about cleaning before you start…
Once you get the house scrubbed to your liking, don’t just go back to your regular routine of nothingness. The reason this cleaning week is not at all overwhelming for me is simple – I do a little cleaning every day.
So that secret to cleaning… Take 15-30 minutes every single day and clean. Pick a space and wipe it down. Pick a room and vacuum it. Choose to dust and make that your focus.
By just doing a little something every day, your house will stay amazingly clean!
I know some people don’t want to clean daily, but if you find that your house gets bogged down in the mess of life and cleaning day is more like stress day… the art of taking it a little at a time will suit you well.
For example, in my house I do one load of laundry every day. Washed, dried, folded, put away. It doesn’t take a lot of time, and I never have to worry about piles of laundry taking up an entire weekend.
Another example, one day out of the week I clean bathtubs. On another day, I do toilets and sinks. This splits the bathrooms up and makes it a lot less annoying as a chore.
One more example, my house has both carpet and hard flooring. One day a week I vacuum the carpet. A couple of times a week, I take the sweeper vacuum (Black and Decker 3-in-1 Lightweight Corded Stick Vacuum) and quickly do the hard floors that get the most action.
I don’t do everything in one day – I split it up.
So today, I will only need to do toilets and sinks, kitchen counters, and my regularly scheduled load of laundry. Not too bad, huh? And the rest of the day will be spent relaxing with my family.
I better get at it!