Monday, January 28, 2013

Housekeeping 101

I crave order in my house.
I am not  extreme about it though.
My goal is to keep my house in
good enough order that
if someone drops by unexpectedly,
I'm not in a panic about how 
the house looks.

Housework is always there
and you never get done with it.
There are endless duties.
Finding a way to manage these duties
without becoming overwhelmed by them
is the secret.
For me, the trick is to divide and conquer.
That means dividing these duties
into small daily tasks.
I refuse to spend more that an hour a 
day with housekeeping.
I have neither the interest,
the energy nor the inclination 
to spend a whole day cleaning

First, there are those daily chores.
Making the bed is one of the things
that always gets done at my house.
Walking into a room with an unmade bed
is unsettling to me.
Loading/unloading the dishwasher,
is another daily job.
I cannot abide a sink full of dirty dishes.
Keeping clutter controlled on a daily 
basis is helpful too.
Living alone helps since
I'm the only one responsible if there is clutter.

Then there are the weekly chores.
Laundry, vacuuming and dusting
are all jobs that need to be done 
every week.
Happily, my house is small enough that
if I only do a room or two per day,
the whole house gets a "going over"
each week with minimal time spent
each day.

Finally, there are those jobs 
that need to be done seasonally.
These are the jobs to "work" into
your daily routine as time allows.
I find if I don't pressure myself to
get the whole job done at once,
it goes much easier.
For example washing a couple
of windows a day,
rather than taking the whole day
to do them all,
seems to work for me.
I know, I'm probably just playing
mind games with myself.
But, whatever gets the job done, right?

What are some of the routines 
that work for you?


Blondie's Journal said...

We're very much alike. I like a made bed and a clean kitchen. And of course, I would be mortified if the bathroom were a mess and someone dropped in!


Annabelle said...

Sounds like too much organisation for my liking. I play it 'by ear' meaning I do what is necessary only when it is necessary.

John'aLee said...

Loved your post. We are kindred spirits when it comes to housework. I too can't abide an untidy home. I've learned the two minute rule before I go to bed. Just pick up!

Linda said...

When I live in my home - which I haven't really done in over 10 months! - I do a room a day. But I am that crazy kind of a woman who actually ENJOYS housework! Not always, mind you, but in general. My mother used to tell me I would be happy putting a little Pine Sol behind each ear! I trained all my children and both husbands to keep the kitchen and bathroom clean if that's all you can do. Those are the TWO most important rooms in the house!

Dewena Callis said...

The daily basics are not the problem for me, it is the seasonal ones and doing the floors, due to a recent hip problem. Up until Thanksgiving I had a dear lady who came to clean every two weeks and over 8 years became a dear friend. She went into the hospital for tests and returned home never to work again. We don't have the heart to start over with a stranger so my husband and I are trying to do her work ourselves now. It will get done on a rotating basis but it may never again be a "Whole House Clean At the Same Time" kind of thing that was so wonderful to come home to.

NanaDiana said...

I declutter every day- and I have a messy husband to pick up after (drives me round the bend sometimes). I also do the dishwasher daily and I usually run at least one load of laundry a day. I usually give the house a once over at least once a week. I can't wait until I can open the windows and air the whole house out! xo Diana

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