I am not a naturally neat person. I am the perfect SHE that FlyLady describes. I am very easily distracted when I start a task. I often don't finish what I started because I run out of time due to getting caught up in one small detail of the project. I also dread that tasks will take forever (which they often do for me!), so I procrastinate forever. I truly feel like this is a part of my brain that was underdeveloped (I've covered this before). I let stuff go and then bust my tushy cleaning and scrubbing, then I'm burnt out and let it go again for a week! Plus, as you all well know, it can be pretty discouraging to be scrubbing a bath tub only to come out of the bathroom and find that the kids have destroyed some other part of the house. But there have been big chunks of time in my life where I have been able to stay on top of things and keep my house in company-ready condition pretty much all the time. I know the secrets, but I don't always believe them. For me, here are the absolutes of housekeeping that I MUST do every day or chaos descends quickly.
- Get dressed every morning. Like, in the morning.
- Lay out my clothes every night. This is required for #1 to happen.
- Unload my dishwasher AS SOON AS it's done. This is my biggest nemesis. Why do I soooo despise a task that takes less than 5 minutes????????
That's it, y'all. Seriously, if I do those things, I find that the rest follow. So what's my hangup?!? I really don't know. There are other things that I need to daily too, and these things are a lot easier to do if I've done the first 3.
- A load of laundry (ugh x infinity)
- Make my bed
- Pick up throughout the day
- Start the dishwasher each night
Then of course there are extra things to be done, but even just doing these few things makes the house feel so much more put together, and the cleaning isn't such a huge deal because stuff is already out of the way.
|Maybe if my laundry room looked like this???? Nah... probably not.|
SO. I'm making a commitment right here to do those things EVERY day, and I want y'all to keep me accountable! I also want to work on decluttering and extra projects, but those will be done as I can, with no pressure that I HAVE to do them. There is more to be done for the baby too. I really want to feel like I have things under control before the baby gets here. Nothing sounds more depressing than having a newborn in a cluttered house.
I'll keep you all updated on my progress through this month. Maybe even some before/after pictures if I'm really brave. I find that I'm a lot more likely to stick with something if I'm making a blog project out of it. :D Any motivation you have for me? Any tips or suggestions? Have you written a post about routines before that you'd like to share? Please help me out! I need you to come along with me. :-)
Some of my favorite resources:
- ShopShop iPhone app (my favorite simple list app)
- Toodledo iPhone app (more comprehensive task-management app)