I have heard from many of my friends that there is pure overwhelm when it comes to maintaining their homes. I recently read a post of a new mom who was asking if all moms are primarily responsible for the cleaning.
Although, I understand the question and concern for balance in her home. Especially with littles it is so hard to feel like you have the time or energy to keep a clean home.
I decided to get very intentional about how I cleaned my home in order to create a system that allowed for team work. This is different than assigning or dividing chores. It is intentionally discussing with your family the bare minimum that needs to be done and the expectation in doing so.
What does this look like?
At the beginning of this year, I sat down and discussed with my husband the need to maintain our home for my sanity. In talking to him, I did learn that he too likes and functions better in a clean home. However, he needed a blueprint of what this looked like. I needed to understand what the bare minimum I needed to feel sane.
Let’s Get Intentional People!
Through out discussion we decided that we needed to get intentional about where we were spending our time and what we were cleaning right?
We asked ourselves what the main things we need to do everyday?
We decided we always needed to have clean sinks, clear counters, clean floors, and a clean bathroom.
So, everyday we take out 20 minutes normally when the kids are bathing or playing quietly. The dishes would be rinsed and put in the dishwasher, the table and counters wiped off, the toys picked up off the floor, and the bathroom would be wiped down.
This is not a deep clean, but this 20 minutes is truly all you need to maintain your living space on a weekly bases. Now, word of caution, it does take about 21 days to create a habit. So, you have to commit to this.
Are you worried you will do it for a few nights and then stop? Especially as the weekend rolls around?
Set an alarm on your phone or on your Alexa.
Motivate each other to spend that 20 minutes or less completing those base things.
You will feel better. You will be able to go to sleep without worrying about the cleaning. You will be able to wake up and enjoy that cup of coffee without tripping over shoes, toys, and moving dirty dishes. YUCK!
That is not away to start a productive, happy day.
Your Intentional Tip for this week:
Schedule sometime with your spouse and your children (depending on age) to set up your very own cleaning system. Decide to commit to 21 days of 20 minute cleaning. In 21 days, I promise you will feel better and your home will be more maintainable, freeing you up for more time for the things that matter.
I’m excited to hear from you in 21 days!