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Cleaning is Fun, Right?

Sometimes I think when you are a *creative* person, you tend to lack in certain organizational and maintenance skills. For me I’m kinda a messy person. Ok, ok, I’m a *really* messy person. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy cleaning…but have to be in the mood for it…which let’s face it, doesn’t happen very often, and so cleaning becomes procrastination. (Am I procrastinating by writing this blog? Whoops!)

At my *Faithful Fitness*class today, we played a little game to help us get to know each other better. So, when those of us with “dirty dishes” in our sink had to get up and move…I learned that maybe I’m not alone…but then I was impressed by those who had managed to clean either the night before or first thing in that morning.

For years I told my husband that "if I were a good housekeeper too, then I’d be perfect, and that’s just not achievable, I mean we all have to have a flaw right?" (smile)…but after 15 years, the cuteness and charm of that comment has worn off. It’s time for change…can I do it???

Typically, I’ll be really good for about a week…then I start letting things slide, one by one. My worst thing is laundry. Nobody tells you how much extra laundry you will get with kids. Also, a basket of kid laundry is FAR worse than adult laundry because their clothes are so small, that you are folding sooo much more! (These are the analytics that cross the brain when ya hate laundry!)

So, I’ve decided it’s time for a fresh start. I read up a little to see how others do things. I think part of my problem was I had one laundry day. One full day of doing something I don’t enjoy. Over…and over….and over. Load after load after load. I would put it on the back burner, allow myself to be distracted and forget. I’ve learned that some folks break it up in the week it’s not as bad! My game plan is to have 2-3 laundry days, so I can stay on top of it (hopefully).

We recently hosted a party celebrating my son’s first birthday. (Pictures/blog to come soon) And while preparing, we kept coming across pesky things to clean that we never really think about. Such as wiping down things in the laundry room, cleaning windows, scrubbing the frig etc etc etc…it took us much longer to prepare because, well, I don’t do these chores on a regular basis. After my research, I’ve put together a chart with daily, weekly, and monthly things to help keep me on track with our home. When you have kids, a business, and hobbies; cleaning is such a pain. 

While I know there are many natural clean freaks out there, I have to believe I’m not alone in this department…so I’m attaching my chart. I’m going to give it a whirl this month & change it as I feel I need to. The bottom is daily stuff and the weekly/monthly items I sprinkled through randomly. Let me know what you think. Have any tips/tricks? Share em with me! Let me know how you do…anyone want to join me on this cleaning quest? Ok, enough procrastinating, I must go clean now.  Time to crank the music so I can dance my way through cleaning house! (wink)
(If ya want me to send you the excel file, email me)


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