What Do YOU Do? : Cleaning

So, it’s pretty much official. Though I’m just barely halfway through it, am already falling head over heels in love with this book: Steady Days: a Journey Towards Intentional, Professional Motherhood by Jamie C. Martin.

It’s all about…well, becoming more intentional and “professional” in your approach towards motherhood, particularly if you are a stay-at-home mom. It’s a quick and easy read, broken down into “bite size” chapters and chock-full of practical suggestions on everything from developing a simple “routine” for your day to maintaining enthusiasm and inspiration. Really, it’s all about learning to make the most of these precious years at home with your kiddos. Which is what I’m all about. Which is why I am loving the book.

Have I mentioned I’m loving this book?

ANYWAY…in addition to the “Steady Days” book, the author has a blog, and today’s post caught my eye. Why? Because it’s called “intentional cleaning“, which is a topic that has happened to be  on my mind for awhile.

I’ve been trying to come up with a good “method” for keeping things reasonably clean around here. I don’t want to spend all my time cleaning but I also want my home to be a comfortable, clean, safe place for my kids.

Our most recent method has been the “company is coming!” method. This involves inviting company over and then cleaning furiously in an effort to present the facade that our home is immaculately clean once they arrive. Of course, there always ends up being an oversight, such as sticky spots on the floor, or (in the case of what happened the other day) a horrifically messy freezer, revealed only when the guest, in an effort to put away the delicious frozen dessert they had brought, opened the freezer door (before I  had a chance to stop them) only to be met by a disastrous pile of frozen and freezer-burned chaos, with nary an inch to spare for said dessert….now that was embarrassing…but I digress. 🙂

Seriously, though, for a long time my method has been “try to find a day to just get it all done” — which wasn’t working for me. Too random; too much pressure; too much STUFF building up into a mess as I waited for a time when I could get it all done!

So, another method I’ve been working on has been the “days of the week” method, which (for me) looks something like this:

Monday — Master Bedroom

Tuesday — Kitchen

Wednesday — Bathrooms

Thursday — Living Room/Dining Room

Friday — Kids Bedrooms

I like the idea of breaking it all down into manageable chunks — just having, essentially, 1 “chore” to conquer every day. It just seems like it will work in this season of my life. Now, I haven’t really been implementing this method long enough to know if it works for me, but I guess time will tell!

I’m definitely curious to hear what all you other ladies do to keep your home spic and span. Do/did you use a particular “method”? What has or hasn’t worked for you? Do you stress about keeping your house clean? What’s your “cleaning” philosophy? Other thoughts on the topic?

What Do YOU Do?

  1. Blog your thoughts on the topic, including a link back to my blog post
  2. Leave a comment on my blog including a link to your blog post
  3. If you don’t have a blog (or don’t feel like blogging about it), just leave a comment! I still want to hear from you!
  4. Be sure to check out all the other bloggers who have participated!
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8 responses to “What Do YOU Do? : Cleaning

  1. I hate housework! You make
    the beds, do the dishes and
    six months later you have to
    do it all over again!!

  2. Here are my thoughts/experiences on the topic of cleaning and organizing!

    http://onelife2liv.blogspot.com/2010/02/cleaning-organizing.html

  3. By the way, I loved Jamie Martin’s post about cleaning!

  4. I tried doing a schedule before and that never worked for me. I hate dragging the vacuum cleaner out every day just to do 1 little room. The thing that I really have found to be the best thing for me is that I clean on the weekends. Seth is home then and he is able to watch Mari while I clean. Every once in a while both of them will participate and clean with me, but I usually just try to crank it all out then. I am very very very much a neat freak and clean freak and being able to do it every weekend is good enough for me! 🙂

    • Thanks Kelly! I, too have found it can be kind of a pain to have to get some of the same stuff out each day to clean the rooms and sometimes just getting it all done at once is nice. We have 4 levels to our house (it’s not that big — just oddly split) so I’ve definitely noticed it can be a hassle to get all the various supplies out, etc. I’ve ended up stashing caddies with some of the same cleaning supplies in a few different areas of the house so I don’t have to run all over the place every time I want to clean something. This has helped tremendously. 🙂

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