Once again Monday is upon us! I had a fantastic and entertaining weekend and got some nice quality time in with the kids. Now it’s back to the grind lol. That means running kids around, doing the never ending list of housework, cooking and I am going to have to go grocery shopping again if we would like to eat! It’s weird that when ever it gets down to the bare minimum in my house as far as food goes, I have a fridge full of veggies. It used to be I had a shelf full of cans, you know the cans that no one knows what to do with till it’s donation time…don’t judge me, I’m sure I’m not the only one that does that lol. Anyway back on subject, how the heck as any stay at home parent, do you get all that done and get business work done? It’s definitely a juggling act! It’s so easy to get distracted by all the little things that need doing around the house that sometimes work gets left on the table. Funny thing is though, no matter how much I clean my house it never stays clean, so why am I putting so much effort into it? It does clear my head but it doesn’t help me financially. So a clean house needs to be put on the back burner…or at least it needs to be balanced out better. Cleaning my house has always been my go to distraction because it’s easy but here are a few things I’ve done in the past (that I will start doing again) that have helped me keep some type of balance.
Set your cleaning schedule to 3-4 items a day. This is pretty simple to do as long as you stick to it and don’t “find” other things that need to be done. I used to do this when my oldest was about 5 and I just had a new baby. So I have a mild case of OCD (who doesn’t) but back then when my hormones were all out of whack it was pretty bad. There were times when I would spend an hour in the shower scrubbing the walls instead of myself. Or I would rearrange my closet everyday. At any rate my whole day was occupied by cleaning. So I had to change something around. The first thing I did was make a list of all the heavy duty chores that needed to be done like laundry, cleaning the bathroom, deep cleaning the kitchen ect. Then I made a list of all the things that needed to be done on a daily basis: sweeping, dishes, garbage ect. When I started off I picked one big thing to do and three daily tasks. Once those tasks were done for the day, I stopped cleaning. The rest of it would get done on a different day. Laundry day was probably the longest, but even then I still had time to get other things done while the laundry was going. It took some getting used to but eventually it became a routine and I got over trying to find things that needed to be done.
Clean till noon. A friend of mine actually posted this tip on Facebook a few years ago. It’s so easy to do, you just clean till noon. When 12 rolls around you’re done. If you are like me and you like getting some of your business work done in the early morning then set a start time for cleaning and go from there. So clean from 9-12 that’s a solid three hour chunk, you should be able to get something cleaned within that time frame. The more you do it the faster you get at cleaning because you know there is a cut off time. Again you have to get used to not doing anything else after noon but just remember, it will all be there tomorrow any way so why not just leave it. Usually with this method you can get so much done that you won’t feel the need to do more because you will be able to see a visible difference.
Clean at night. My mother used to do this all the time! It kind of drove everyone crazy because she would be up at midnight vacuuming the carpets. While I don’t suggest vacuuming at midnight I do think it’s a great idea to get the cleaning out of the way at night. When you wake up in the morning you aren’t faced with all mess. You can just get up and get to work, or excercise or whatever it is you do to get your morning started. When I’ve gone this route I’ve always loved the result. It’s easier to get my kids involved too. Once dinner is over they clean up the kitchen, load up the dishwasher, clean the table. I’ll go clean the living room and I’ll clean the bathroom while I get the bath ready for the little ones. Everything goes pretty fast and then you can just sit and relax for a story before bed.
I guess the ultimate cleaning schedule would be all of those rolled into one…I might have to give that a try and see how it goes. Anyway the point of this is that cleaning should not be taking up all of your day. Get some of it done, get it out of the way and get on with the day. I hope someone finds this useful and if you have any useful cleaning tips of your own I’d love to hear them!
Have a fantastic day! It’s gorgeous here and the sun is in full force so I’m going to go enjoy it!