If you are anything like me sickness, tiredness or just a couple days of plain laziness means the house turns from a cluttered mess to an environment potentially hazardous to your health. This week for us it was the stomach flu. From Journey, to me, to Honour to Ben. We all got it, we all were dominated by it and now thankfully we have all come out the other side feeling slightly more energetic and now immune.
What I was not so thankful about was the state of our home. Ben came down with the bug about 12 hours after I did meaning that for a period of 36-48 hours we were both out for the count and our kids were not feeling to inclined to sweep the hair off the floor or wash the dishes that were still sitting from the previous day (at least those did not build up as no one was eating for a day or two).
Today was the day to conquer it all. I was ready, my children were happy with their toys as it had been mainly tv and bed during the sick days.
When I look at daunting tasks like what my house was to me this morning I always make a list. So I grabbed the piece of paper I had written our last sushi take out order on and started writing:
Tidy up every floor
Sweep every floor
Take down tree and all deco
Pick up clothes from every room
Pick up all toys – throw out what you wish
Wash kids clothes
The list continued but today I did not mind. It needed doing. It had to be done.
When I go about tidying my home I become a little ADD. I started picking up the toys in the kitchen and see a spoon laying on the ground. Picking it up, I place it in the sink and see how full it is with dirty dishes…this needs to be taken care of. I fill it up with water and begin washing them when my son or daughter needs something. Grabbing the closest dish towel to dry my hands I notice my 3 year old has used it as a wash cloth after playing with his slime so into the hamper it goes. Oh my, the towel dangles over the edge of the overflowing basket. Scooping up the basket I take it to the washing machine and move my dog’s water dish out of the way…it is empty. I run to the sink to fill it back up and see the dishes still sitting there and the water slowly cooling. I place her water dish back after filling it, trip over the still full laundry hamper that I realized I can’t wash until 7 as our lovely Ontario hydro has smart meters and hurry back to get the dishes washed before the water becomes like chilly pond water.
It is for this reason I need a list.
Go through every room and pick up everything on the floor. Throw it into the correct room on a chair, in the hamper, on the bed, in a toy box but just get the floor empty. Then sweep. No matter what, get every floor swept of pet hair, cat litter and every other little thing that finds its way onto our floors during the day. That alone brings a sense of peace to a home.
Then the details. All the stuff you picked up off the floor, put it in it’s place. If it doesn’t have a place, toss it or donate it. Just get it done. Now.
Then more details. Do you need to wash, dry and put away your dishes? Do you have 2 laundry baskets that need folding and putting away? Grab a sip of wine, crank up the tunes and do it until it is done…or until your daughter needs feeding or son needs a wipe. You get the drift. Grab your list and get it done one thing at a time…even if it takes a couple days and the things at the top of your list need doing again by the end. You will notice more order enter your home the more you go to put things in their place and instead toss. This part is what has helped me keep our home more balanced. I joined a minimalism group while pregnant with Journey and I can tell you my cleaning time has been cut down by a large amount and our home is so much more calm. Clutter = stress so join the Nourishing Minimalism page and learn how to make your life way more peaceful and your cleaning schedule a heck of a lot quicker!
So I sign off tonight with no stomach bug, a glass of wine and a clean-ish home…did not get through all of the my list but then again I only started laundry an hour ago…woo hoo -_-