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I’m always the first to admit that I’m an awful housekeeper. You’ll pretty much always find crumbs on my floor unless I’ve just-this-second finished vacuuming and all three kids are asleep. (That has happened approximately once.) Our bedroom is generally a danger zone. My kitchen is never going to be in Better Homes and Gardens. (The fact that it doesn’t have any windows probably doesn’t help that aspiration.)
But tonight, I decided to use my last burst of energy to change the sheets on our bed and clean up my dresser a little bit. I happened to see how long it took me, and you know what the total time was?
How many days have I been procrastinating changing those sheets? Sure, there is often a child asleep in our bedroom so it’s not always a possibility. But there are plenty of times during the day where I could take nine minutes and accomplish that task.
This afternoon, I scrubbed down the kids’ bathroom due to the fact that it smelled like an animal died in there.
[SOMEONE’s kids might have been “cutting through the frozen heart” during bathtime and deposited most of the water in the bath onto the bathroom floor and their lovely rug. Said rug was the death-smell culprit.]
Our bathrooms are pretty small. Even scrubbing the floor on my hands and knees with a washcloth, the quick washdown – including the toilet and tub – took a total of twenty minutes.
I’m reminded of Christine’s post recently, where she urged us, “If it takes 2 minutes or less, do it!” Putting off something that would take two minutes – or even nine – is just kind of ridiculous in my book. Even the busiest individuals probably have nine minutes they waste playing Candy Crush on their phone or staring idly into space.
My goal is not to have a perfectly tidy apartment. I have three young kids, and I refuse to pick up after them constantly. I want them to have fun, and for them that involves making messes. My goal is not to be embarrassed if someone stops by unexpectedly. I want to always be a willing hostess, happy to have people in my home for whatever reason.
And if I can make that happen in a few ten-minute spurts throughout the day … well, for me, that is doable.
How do you make housekeeping work for you?