House Cleaning Sucks.
How many of you out there hate cleaning? *raises hand*
Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE a clean house, I just dislike (like probably more than a few of you) actually DOING it. And since we won’t be getting a maid or house staff anytime soon, I figured I’d better learn to do it quickly.
The problem is, when you have a young child, time to yourself is precious and fleeting, and the idea of spending their entire nap cleaning your house? Brutal. In fact, even if you DON’T have a small child, who wants to spend their precious time cleaning? Sure as hell not me, unless I’m getting paid for it.
Enter the Fly Lady. A dear friend of mine introduced the concept to me when we first moved to our new house and I was COMPLETELY overwhelmed. How do you clean a house with a kid that can’t be left alone unless during naps? How do you get anything done in that very short window of opportunity? And how do you find time for yourself when you feel like you need to be cleaning every second of the day?
Her solution is structure. A structured plan that lays out what to do on certain days, complete with a timer to set the amount of time that you’re going to spend on it. Her mantra? If you didn’t finish in the time allotted, move on. After a while, your whole house will be clean and you really haven’t spent that much time and energy on it. I’m a big fan of structure, probably because I am the worlds BIGGEST scatterbrain. If I don’t write EVERYTHING down, I’m inevitably going to either forget it, or not do it. And I’m in love with checklists. Checking off boxes has got to be the most gratifying thing in the world to me.
Some people find her process a little bit overwhelming, but I took her plan and adapted it to my own needs. Getting “dressed to the shoes” every morning before I head downstairs? Ha. Ain’t gonna happen. But everyday, I have a list of things to do… And a “zone” that I’m going to do them in. She teaches that if you stick to a certain zone for the week, where you will do your deep cleaning, then eventually you’ll have the entire house cleaned. Each day there is a different task. For example, Monday is the day when you vacuum every room, but only the center. Don’t move any furniture. Set a timer for ten minutes per room and don’t stress about it. Sounds nuts right? But it means that every week your house is going to be nice and vacuumed and then the weekly zone that you’re focusing on will get deep cleaned.
The best part? It all happens in a reasonable amount of time. Instead of hours of cleaning, you’re looking at 20-30 minutes at a time. That’s what I’m talking about!
So many people have an all or nothing about cleaning (heck, everything) that when it gets to be too much, you give up. I have been trying to have the same attitude about cleaning that I do about food. Everything in moderation. If you spend too much time stressing about what is clean or not clean, you’re going to throw in the towel and things are going to get really messy. If you try to do a little bit a time, you’ll probably be more successful.
So if you’re in the same boat and trying to find a better plan or a better way to keep your house clean, make a schedule, make a checklist and get organized. Check out the Fly Lady, or make your own. Because there really is a way to get it all finished.
But like everything else in life, make sure to do it in moderation.
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