Cleaning is not my strong suit. I don’t enjoy cleaning, but I would like a clean house. It’s a tough place to be in. My current cleaning philosophy is: keep it clean enough so it’s livable. Of course, everyone has different definitions of livable, which can be tricky. But for the most part, I keep things (kinda sorta) picked up, the counters wiped up, dishes done. Then once every week or sometimes two (!) we do a more thorough cleaning, and do the floors, toilets, dusting, etc. I would love to get better at cleaning regularly though and not just waiting until I can’t stand it anymore and then flipping out.
Yesterday my friend Rebekah mentioned that she would be running her Just Clean Something Challenge and I decided to participate. It’s the perfect challenge for me because all I have to do is just clean something. One thing. Anything. So some days I fully expect that I might throw a load of laundry in the wash and be good with that. But for the most part I’m using this challenge to get myself into a better habit of doing a little bit of cleaning each day. I’m also hoping that I’ll tackle some of the things I rarely clean and use this month to do some spring cleaning for once!
One of the reasons I don’t clean as often as I would like is because it just feels like sometimes there’s no point. Case in point: the toilet. Today I cleaned the toilet, but I have a 4 yr. old boy, so there’s that. And it just felt so un-motivating because I know as soon as he uses the toilet all that cleaning I just did is done for.
Then there’s my other issue (which I guess could be a good issue to have): when I start cleaning I start to notice all the things that need to be cleaned, and again…it gets really overwhelming because I know I can’t do it all in the time I have. So today, my plan was to clean my one thing (the toilet). And then I decided I needed to clean the sink too…and the kitchen sink and counters, and then I noticed how bad the floors need sweeping. So it’s a double edged sword. On the one hand, it’s good because I started with cleaning the toilet and then ended up getting even more done. But on the other hand I feel a little discouraged because I don’t have time to do it all.
So I’m using this challenge a bit like an experiment to see if:
1. I can become more disciplined in cleaning.
2. I will see the benefit to doing a little bit each day even though I won’t be able to have a perfectly clean house all at once, I’m hoping I will enjoy having some of it clean more often and maybe see that something is better than nothing.
3. Cleaning a little bit each day will help me avoid getting to the breaking point every other week or so.
I do best when I’m part of a challenge and have some accountability so I’m joining with my friend Rebekah and I’ll be checking in on her Facebook page each day for accountability. I’ll also post regular updates on my Facebook page as well. So join us! It’ll be fun! Or maybe not exactly fun…but we’ll all feel good about cleaning and it will be more fun doing it together!
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