A stair step basket is useful  to hold the things that need to travel upstairs in your home.
A stair step basket is useful to hold the things that need to travel upstairs in your home.

Today through Thursday your Area of Focus is your Bathroom(s). The en suite bath, if you are blessed with one, is included the week your bedroom and closet are the focus.

The tasks for each day are in Monday’s post.

Many of us think of housework as a marathon. You have to have a large block of time to get the entire house clean at one time. I want you to consider how I am asking you to take care of your home—continually, a little at a time. Blend your work with times of rest. Pace yourself. Play with your children. Have a cup of tea with a friend.

This involves picking up after yourself and encouraging your loved ones to do the same. This involves times throughout the day when areas like the playroom and kitchen are brought back into order. I always try to leave whatever room I am in, a little better when I leave it.

I have a stairstep basket for items that belong upstairs. When I go upstairs, I grab anything that needs to go up with me and quickly put those things where they belong.

In the morning, I take time to first of all take care of my personal grooming, and then make sure that the house is in order. I am an early riser, my sweetheart likes to stay up and watch television. Sometimes things are not where I left them in the evening.

The morning walk through often includes beginning a load of laundry, at another stage in my life it would have always included a load or two. Starting that load lets the washer work while I have my quiet time and talk to you. I make use of the built in alarms to let me know when the clothes need to move from the washer to the dryer to folded and put away.

As I go through my house, if I notice anything of project size, like a room that needs special attention, I note it in my planner. Once upon a time I would have started that project, gotten distracted by something else that needed attention, and been distracted from that task by something else, leaving a trail of unfinished projects. Instead, if you see something small, take care of it. This morning I straightened my top drawer in the bathroom vanity while I was brushing my teeth. I put away several things in the kitchen while waiting for the coffee to brew. Make use of moments of time. We routinely overestimate the amount of time it will take to do something. Most tasks in our homes take less than 10 minutes and some from seconds to less than 5 minutes. Make use of the small bits of time. This is when your house will begin to almost seem like it is cleaning itself. You are simply:

  • Picking up after yourself. Putting away things as you go.
  • Making use of the small pockets of time you have throughout the day.
  • Not leaving things like hanging up your coat or putting away purchases for later.

Done over time, this gives you time—to play with your children, read a book without guilt, or craft.

In the beginning, you are simply:

  • Clearing out clutter—unneeded stuff that occupies needed space in your home.
  • Putting the things you do need in order—organizing—so that you will be able to find them when you need them and then be able to use them and put them back where
    I prepared our kitchen table for a visit by some of our grands. They were excited that I had taken time to do this for them. It's just crayons, candy, and brightly colored plastic dishes and flatware. We lit the candle, too. What fun!
    I prepared our kitchen table for a visit by some of our grands. They were excited that I had taken time to do this for them. It’s just crayons, candy, and brightly colored plastic dishes and flatware. We lit the candle, too. What fun!

    they belong easily.

  • Deep cleaning—getting into all the places that need attention—but couldn’t when you were always dealing with stuff.
  • Making your home a place for family life—a haven. A place to live, love, work, and play together.

Hugs,

Mary

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One thought on “Tuesday, October 29, 2013—Get Rid of That All or Nothing Mentality,

  1. Excellent post! The all or nothing mentality really is self- defeating when it comes to home keeping. I understand it comes from “super perfectionist syndrome.” In other words – if I can’t do it perfectly – I’d rather not do it at all.

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