I have always enjoyed going through decor magazines wishing for my house to look anything like those beautiful pictures. I would look at a page, look at my room over the magazine, envisioning what it could look like: bright colors, clean, organized. Org-porn.
I grew up in a super tidy house. My mom kept it pretty clean. She delegated. Whenever she was going to have someone over she’d ask us all to help. I have 3 siblings so the cleaning got done fast. Someone was in charge of anything with glass: windows, porch doors, dining table. Someone else had to clean everything with wood, which was pretty much everything! Someone else had to clean the kitchen. No dishwasher. By hand! Rinse, soap, rinse. Dry with a dishtowel. Not fun, but we could choose what to watch while cleaning the kitchen! My mom would usually do the laundry or water all her plants (my parents house has always looked like a jungle, which I truly miss). And we all had to clean our own rooms.
But if we were the ones to have someone over we had to clean ourselves. So we always tried to take care of our mess.
I live in a house full of testosterone. I sometimes think I am the only one who really cares of having a tidy house. I always try to go to bed with a clean kitchen and if I did not clean it the night before I can not eat or do anything else without the kitchen being clean. And to all my chores lets add cleaning up 3 more messes on top of mine! I try to be tidy and organized myself so I can take care of those messes as well.
You can call our house an organized mess. The kitchen is the mail dumpster. If you are looking for a bill, it’s in my kitchen. The garage is full of cardboard boxes. But we need those for our move to Colorado. The laundry, another dumpster. Our bedroom, laundry hell. All the drawers in the kitchen full of stuff that should go somewhere else. I have tried to clean them a couple of times but not even 5 minutes later all that stuff made it back!
I have been reading “Pretty Neat”, by Alicia Rockmore & Sarah Welch, which I got the chance to review, and I have been learning so much! To do -lists are a good way to keep our minds straight. Delegating is a plus. Extra brownie points if you get some “Be You” time.
I am going to start writing a to-do list and assign chores to every single person in this house. Tyler used to only “take care” of the garbage, which he occasionally forgets (he takes the kitchen garbage out forgetting about all the other trash cans in the house and rarely puts a bag back on).
A. and J. are in charge now of their own mess. If they play with a toy they have to put it back. A clean room ensures coins for their piggy banks. Incentives work for us.
I have tried to do it all myself but I often get so overwhelmed that I refuse to get to it. I have now decided that Sundays will be cleaning day for me and boys day for the, well, boys. Sundays will be my BU day. I’m still looking forward to getting a full day just for me, a cup of coffee (or more) and The Sims 3.
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