I have a love/hate relationship with cleaning.
On the rare occasions when my house feels completely clean and tidy, I love it. I love the end result of clear surfaces and crumb-free floors.
But I hate the fact that you’re never done with cleaning.
Almost as soon as you’re finished it needs doing again. Someone makes toast in your nice clean kitchen. The children come home from school and the clear surfaces and piled high with letters and lunchboxes and homework. And don’t get me started on the laundry basket that I never see the bottom of.
So, and this won’t come as much of a surprise to anyone who knows me in real life, cleaning tends to come quite low on my list of priorities.
Now don’t get me wrong, I do clean.
We all have clean clothes to wear, the beds get changed regularly and the kitchen gets wiped down each day so we can cook and get it all messy again.
It’s just that there are so many other things to do that cleaning and tidying get pushed to the bottom of my to-do list. So there are days when I don’t get round to putting away the drawings and sticker books and games that are covering every surface in the lounge. Dust starts to gather on my desk and in the corners of the room and the pile on the stairs starts to spread onto more and more steps while I hope that someone else might spot it and carry something up to the right room.
Which means that I inevitably reach a point each week where I get annoyed with there not being any surfaces clear enough to put a cup of tea down on and spend half an hour running around tidying up and hoovering and generally moaning to myself about it all.
It’s not a great cycle to be honest.
So I’m planning on trying something new.
I’m going to start making tidying up and cleaning for a little bit each day one of my priority jobs. It’ll actually go on my to-do list and will be one of the first things I tackle when I’m at home.
There are a few cleaning routines that I’ve dabbled with in the past but have never made enough of a priority to stick with them. The routine from Clean Mama involves doing a different cleaning task each day, so Monday you clean the bathrooms, Tuesdays you dust everywhere, Wednesday you vacuum and so on.
The other routine I’ve looked at is The Organised Mum method where you tackle a different room each day, and clean it quickly but thoroughly.
Both routines have daily jobs as well, like putting a load of washing on and giving the floors a quick once-over.
For me I think The Organised Mum method will be best, because I think it’ll be better for me to see a whole room quite clean and tidy each day.
So, I’m going in. I’ll be kind to myself and not stress too much if I do fall off the wagon, but the key for me will be jumping back on the next day if that happens.
What I will be doing is putting each day’s cleaning job in my diary and at the top of that day’s to-do list. I’ll schedule in the 30 minutes that TOMM says to clean for and I will crack on each day. I’m hoping that if I can commit to doing this for the rest of the month then it’ll start to become a habit and then I’ll be able to keep it up without too much bother.
Do you follow a particular cleaning routine?
Do you make cleaning your home a real priority or does it get pushed to the bottom of your to-do list?