Housework. Yes. THAT word.
I truly go back and forth between not caring that my house is a mess – and then being a total ball of stress over it.
I have decided it is time for a solution. Have you ever tried scheduling in your weekly cleaning? I tried this once before, but I was a bit, um, overzealous – I think I had 5 things scheduled for each day – along with a rotating schedule for additional things like “deep clean cabinets” and “clean baseboards”.
In reality, this is what my kitchen/work space looks like on a near-daily basis (on a good day)…
And yes, that’s my beer there. Oh, and beer does NOT add to the mess. In case you were wondering.
Let me be honest. Here on the farmstead, while working full-time outside the home – I just don’t have the time – nor the energy – to keep that up. My short-term solution (which if it works, will become a long-term solution)? Minimize what I feel I MUST do, and plan it out – just a little bit every day. This way, even on my day-job days, I can still get a little done when I get home – which helps me avoid spending my entire days “off” cleaning. Ready ?
Monday: Floors (vacuum, sweep, mop) – in reality, I don’t intend on this taking long. My focus will be high-traffic areas only if it is a day I work – if I am “off” that day, I will do it all. Good intentions, right?
Tuesday: Bathroom & bedroom. Self-explanatory, I’m sure. 🙂
Wednesday: Dust/windows – once again, if it is my work day, I will just gloss over the high traffic areas. I can catch everything else up the following week.
Thursday: Kitchen. Yes, I actually try to clean my kitchen daily, but once a week I will allow myself a little extra time to wipe down spotty cabinets, the fridge, etc.
Friday: Farmie chores. Friday is the only day I have that I am “off” every week. So it just seemed natural that this would the day that everyone gets fresh bedding and an overall tidying up.
Weekends: I am home every other weekend, which of course will be the time to tackle any “major” projects.
Now I know it may seem like there is a lot missing from my list of cleaning chores. That is intentional. I am officially cutting myself some slack – allowing myself to only be accountable for what I consider to be the necessary chores.
Because you have to cut a little stress out sometimes.
Balance. I don’t know about you, but I cannot function when I am unbalanced and stressed-
I give you permission to let go a little, and cut yourself some slack. You deserve it.
Have you allowed yourself to pare down your list of expectations? Share with us in the comments what YOU are going to give up!