It is another cold, wet, and all around miserable day here in PA. Hey! Mother Nature! Can you please send the warmer, sunny weather back? This girl is getting stir crazy being stuck inside. My husband is the sweetest, he just ran oldest to the bus stop. I am trying to motivate myself to get dressed, I have to go pay taxes, hit the grocery store, and stop and get my oldest a Game Stop gift card.
Did I mention the Flyers won last night? Which means I have to sit through the torture of a game seven tonight. Nail biting experience, here I come.
I am trying to figure out some quick ways to clean the house today so I can get my running done and get some blogging work done. I get overwhelmed sometimes, trying to get everything done. I have mentioned that several times before when discussing housework.
I am sure that someone else out there has the same anxieties. We all seem to have the Donna Reed or June Cleaver mindset, and then get angry with ourselves when we can’t live up to that image. Well I call baloney. Donna & June are unrealistic role models and must be stopped.
So what can be done to change that? Do what works for your family, that’s what. We all have the same chores to do: cleaning the kitchen, running the vacuum, and doing the pesky laundry. But one person’s method may not work for another. Get hung up on making the bed all the way up? Bag that and just fold the covers neatly under the bed. Feel defeated because you don’t scrub the kitchen floor on your hands and knees? I say screw it, grab a wet mop and have a clean floor instead of guilt.
The point is this: whether you are a stay-at-home parent(yes, not just Moms! This can work for Dads too), working parents, or telecommuters, the same theme remains. Do what is best for YOU!!
Here are a few things to help get you started with staying clean without all the guilt.
- Keep the kitchen as clean as possible. Not perfect, just clean. Clear off the counters. Scrub down the table. Wash the dishes and put them in the strainer. Simple tasks in the kitchen go a really long way to motivate you into doing the rest.
- Do a twice daily P.U.P.A. Otherwise known as the pick up, put away. Do it when you get home from work, and once before bed. My kids get home from school before I get home from work. There is nothing so frustrating than coming home to a pile of mess. Homework, backpacks, shoes and coats. But you know what? Getting pissed off isn’t going to change things. So take 20 minutes(usually it only takes me 10, 5 if my kids decide to pitch in) and just put things back in their homes. Put your purse away, hang up your shoes, and put your coat away(realistic role model, right?). Sometimes if your family member see you’re doing it, then will follow along. Do this before bed too, and you will wake up to a mostly clean house.
- Multi-task for a few things. Waiting for the water to boil? Flip through the mail. Listen to phone messages. Feed the animals(as in pets, not your kids). All quick and short tasks that will make you feel like you really accomplished something.
- Take time for you. Have a cup of decaf coffee. Enjoy stealing the last donut from your kids. Soak in the tub. Often if you take time to recharge, the housework will take care of itself.
It has taken me a super long time to stop feeling guilty because I didn’t wear pearls while vacuuming in my perfectly ironed dress. Or that my husband’s underthings weren’t starched(oh yeah, he hates that, so no guilt there). Keeping a clean house should not make you feel like a failure. Your home should be an area of rest, relaxation, and contentment. Embrace it, own it, and stop feeling guilty!!