Please tell me that I am not the only one who feels like their house is always a disaster. In the winter it gets even worse! The more we are home the more of a mess it is. As soon as I turn around Greyson has broken out a new toy/game.
I know I need to be better about making him take care of his toys. It is a work in progress (on my part).
Anyway this post is sorta about that, sorta not. I find that I can easily get discontent with my house. It needs this, or I wish it had that starts creeping into my mind, and before I know it I have my own little pity party going on. I look at the negative instead of the positive. And I have so much greatness in my life I should never be focusing on the bad.
This past year, in my quest to save more money, I found a trick that worked wonders for me. I feel like I need less, or want to start a new project when my house is clean. (Earth shattering right!?) 😉 When my house is a mess I start the pity party. The “if I had a nicer dining room table, this pile of mail would not be here” HA! yeah right…
So I started working a lot harder at keeping my house neat and tidy. What I found was that I became much happier with my life as a whole. I wake up happier, and my day runs much smoother when I am not avoiding messes! So my house was picked up a lot more, but I was finding that it never really felt like I just had a team of professionals come in and scrub it.
And dang it, every once in a while I would like to experience that! However, with the whole saving money thing, and the whole Stay-at-home-mom thing I could not (and still can’t) justify a cleaning crew. So one day I was looking at the local cleaning companies website lusting over what it would be like to spend the $380.00 to have them clean 4 rooms in my house (GAH!), and I noticed that they list exactly what they do when they come to clean your home.
BAM! I can do that, and so can you! I took their list and made it into cute little printables for my home management binder. When I am needing that really deep clean I simply go down the cleaning list. It does not take long at all, as long as your house is “tidy” to start.
And here is the list for the bedrooms and living room.
Please let me know, what your systems are. Are you a cleaning nut, or does the mess not mind you too much? I think I fall somewhere in the middle.