My son and I are gearing up for our trip to New Brunswick on Monday. My husband is out reffing hockey this afternoon, so I decided to take the opportunity to do some cleaning so that he could enjoy a clean house once we’re gone.
I cleaned both bathrooms, did some laundry, tidied the kitchen, dusted the living room, and washed all the floors. In all, it took about an hour. We don’t have a huge house, but we do have two big (shed-errific) dogs and a baby who leaves greasy fingerprints all over everything.
I got to thinking: I’m very thankful. I’m thankful that my husband is ok with me keeping our house as uncluttered and clean as time and life permits. I’m not sure how I would cope with having tons of ‘stuff’ laying around, on every surface, needing to be dusted around (more likely it would just COLLECT dust). Mostly, the junkiest room is the guest room. It accumulates all of those items that I don’t get to putting away immediately plus all my sewing and craft projects (of which I have a little bit of a list going… come on Spring…).
Anyway, occasionally I read up on different organization ideas to see if there is any way I can improve. A few things I have read and have made a lot of sense to me, are to have some kind of cleaning schedule that works for your household, along with periodically going through closets and junk rooms and removing items that are broken, unnecessary and unused. You can throw these items away, repurpose them to MAKE them useful, or donate them to a thrift store or other community program.
In my house, I do dishes every night before bed. That is pretty much the only ‘daily’ chore that I make myself do. I also make sure my son’s toys are put away in the living room and his room. Weekly (on Monday, usually), I do the same cleaning I did today (yes, I know it’s Saturday… but I’m leaving on Monday and tomorrow is my packing day!). So: bathrooms, dusting, floors. Laundry I do whenever it accumulates (never more than one load of clothing at a time), and every three days when my son’s cloth diapers need to be washed.
Here is a sample of a simple cleaning list from Apartment Therapy. And, if you have accidentally (hehe) accumulated so much STUFF you don’t know where to start with if you’re thinking of purging some of it, start with ONE GARBAGE BAG at a time. No need to overwhelm yourself! Here is a blog post from White House Black Shutters with a printable to help you keep track of your de-cluttering progress. I think it was meant to be completed during lent, but any 40 days during the year will work!
Do you have a cleaning schedule? Am I too OCD and clutter is not a big deal? I want to know!