Housecleaning: Not Perfection, Just UpKeep
Keeping your home clean can be done through your daily routine and good habits you learn as a mother over time. When I was first married, I literally had no clue how to keep my home clean. This may be totally ‘you’, so I hope to share what I have learned while offering you some grace and a little slack.
I hesitate to encourage keeping a clean and orderly home since many of us can overdo and stress out when things get (quickly) out-of-hand. I know. I’ve been there.
Here are some tips to help you maintain your home. First of all, it is all about UpKeep!!
Purchase or obtain good cleaning supplies. They make the job easier. I purchased some rubber brushes for cleaning glasses, dishes, and a toilet brush. I have some cloths that I love too, though I don’t particularly like the microfiber cloths since threads and junk stick to them when they are washed. I cut up old towels rather than shirts (they don’t absorb) and use them for cleaning sinks, toilets, and washing just about anything. I use one of these rags for washing the floors because to tell you the truth, I just don’t like mops!! Movement is good for us especially if you need a break from the computer. Right?
Establish a good Morning Routine and get those tasks out of the way first. Habit is a good thing and most of the reason our day begins in chaos is because we don’t have habits instilled that we do first off.
An hour a day on house cleaning. More or less. Depending on your family’s season and how many are living in your home, this is a good rule of thumb. Thumbs are good for more than gardening. If you homeschool your children, they can be a huge blessing in getting your home back in order each morning. Involve your children in the household chores.
Half hour to an hour before supper. If you homeschool, you will know the havoc this plays in the level of tidiness in your home. Involve your children in a massive pick-up just before Dad comes home. Run the vacuum cleaner if needed in the main room where you were in all day, no deep cleaning here, just maintenance. You will be surprised what picking up clutter and returning each item to their ‘homes’ can do to provide a sense of balance in your home.
- Quick 15 minute attack on Hot Spots. After your children are in bed, prepare your home for tomorrow. Have a servant heart and return stray toys and items to where they belong. You’d be surprised with how this habit tames the propensity of your home to become cluttered.
Delegation is the Main Word
Delegating the work needed to be done in a home has a plethora of advantages. If you homeschool, this is easiest as your children don’t have to spend time on a school bus. Even if you don’t homeschool, it is good for your children to be expected to contribute to the home. After all, they live there too!!
I had a main chore chart and individual ones for my children. They had to do the tasks on the chart before breakfast. That was a great motivator. It took them ½ hour to an hour depending on the day. What a great way to teach work ethics in a natural way.
Delegation is the main word as it helps to take the load off a mother and especially the one who has been called to homeschool her children. It helps the family to work as a unit, at least that can be the goal as children are taught to cooperate and work diligently.
Cleaning and scrubbing can wait till tomorrow . . .
For babies grow up we’ve learned to our sorrow . . .
So quiet down cobwebs . . .
Dust go to sleep . . .
I’m rocking my baby
And babies don’t keep!!
Do you strive for perfection? How do you think you could improve on the upkeep of your home without being a perfectionist?