This past week I tried something new: I did some kind of cleaning chore every single day.
I wanted to try and see if it would make our house feel cleaner and if I would feel less stressed about cleaning. I would do some kind of cleaning activity daily in the past, but I count one load of laundry or just wiping down the kitchen counters as a daily activity. I would reserve the real cleaning for the weekends when I would have more time to dedicate to it and I would clean everything in one fell swoop (or sweep, get it?)…and then I would be exhausted.
I honestly thought this was the only way to go about cleaning. But, after reading a post on Blair’s blog, I knew I could do something different. She wrote about how she changed her cleaning routine and that it totally changed her. I felt inspired to give it a try!
Here’s what I did:
Monday – clean the bathrooms
Tuesday – dust
Wednesday – vacuum
Thursday – rest
Friday – wipe floors
I still clean the kitchen counters daily and throw in a load of laundry pretty much every day, but that doesn’t feel any different. And what I discovered was fascinating. I found that I can actually accomplish so much in 3o minutes. It took me 45 minutes to clean the bathrooms but that was the longest time I spent cleaning in the past week. And that is worth everything.
Did the house feel cleaner? Yes. Did I stress less about cleaning? Yes. Did I feel more inclined to be clean and organized? Yes. Do I plan to stick to this plan? Yes.
Now that a week has passed since I cleaned the bathrooms, I noticed that they were less dirty after one week, with some spot cleaning in between. This past Monday, it only took me about 35 minutes to clean because I wiped down the sink every other day and pick up the hair that somehow falls out of my head and onto the floor in clumps.
I love having a clean home and it makes my OCD heart flutter!
What’s your cleaning routine? Do you find it helpful to do it all at once or small tasks every day?
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