Tuesday, June 1, 2010

A New Approach to Cleaning Clutter

Every time I have a newborn in the house I struggle to keep up with the housework.  I start to feel overwhelmed because there just aren't enough hours in a day to get everything done.  Most days I'm doing good if I can get a load of laundry done and have dinner on the table before bedtime.  Once I start to feel overwhelmed I don't do anything.  If I don't have time to clean it to my satisfaction then I don't spend any time on it at all.  Before you know it you're buried in housework.  And for me, I'm embarrassed that it has gotten out of control.  I know I'm not alone and here's another tip on making it work.

If you have one specific area that is an overwhelming problem, or one that you have the hardest time keeping clean, there's hope.  For me it's our island.  Everyone uses it as a dump all.  If they don't want there little sisters to be able to reach, if it needs to be fixed,  if you don't know where to put it, things going out, things coming in.....you get my point.  It all gets put there.  Not to mention, we've been considering moving.  With that in mind I've been using my island as a staging area for things to get rid of, pack, etc.  With 8 of us it feels like a never ending battle.  Just when I get it clean its a mess within a day or two.

So here's my challenge to myself, and to you.  Spend just 10 - 15 minutes everyday on that one spot.  Now here is where it may be a challenge.  It has to be EVERY day.  Here's why.  I tried this last week.  I did great for about 4 days and noticed a huge improvement.  Then we had a couple of busy days and it got pushed to the bottom of my list and didn't get done.  In those 2 days I missed, I had undone my 4 days of work.  So, I'm going to try again this week and see how I do.  Last week proved to me that it needs to be every day not just on days the piles start stacking up.  Anyone want to join me?  I plan on posting my before and after pictures next week. 

9 comments:

elliej said...

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Have a great week,
Ellie

Menopausal New Mom said...

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Doris Sturm said...

All I can say: I HATE housework and since I live alone, the pressure is off.

I hope you had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend.

Have a nice day :-)

J.Anderson said...

I am a new follower from Follow me back Tuesday! Hope you visit as well. Have a great day.
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Tabatha said...

new follower from FMBT... stop by and see me :)

I HATE HOUSE WORK ..LOL

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I'm a new follower. I hope you'll come check me out at PS Mom Reviews and follow me too!

Kimmie said...

:-) 15 minutes...yup, keep at it. It really works.

Kimmie
mama to 8
one homemade and 7 adopted

Heather said...

I know the feeling. I have spent the last two days trying to tackle what I have ignored...while blogging.

Nice to meet you.

Leslie said...

15 minutes sounds good to me.

I loved reading about your little one's pacifier addiction ~ I remember and miss those days!!!

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