I just wanted to give a little shout-out to everyone who's just jumping on board, and remind you not to get overwhelmed because *it gets easier*!!! It really, really does. I think I started in the end of May with mine, and it took a couple of months to feel like I wasn't cleaning all day, but I think I'm finally "there." Once you've done the deep-cleaning tasks once, it really is
a simple matter to maintain them. I don't think I had scrubbed my bathtub for months, and it took me forever
to get it clean (and a whole lot more bleach than I would have preferred to use). Now, since I'm scrubbing it at least once a month (or is it twice? I don't remember), it doesn't need anywhere near that much elbow grease -- or harsh cleansers, either. There's a surprising fringe benefit of using MM -- I don't need to use yucky chemicals to clean the house anymore!
Okay, and here's some unsolicited advice, if it is helpful for anyone. These are a few really small things that I did that helped me really get motivated to keep up with the cleaning:
- I went to the store and bought a bunch of good "green" cleaning supplies. I put some in the kitchen and some in the upstairs linen closet, so they're always easy to grab when I need them.
- I bought a plain spray bottle and filled it with diluted vinegar. I keep this in the kitchen for simple wipe-downs of surfaces. Super easy.
- I keep a clean rag attached to the bottle of glass cleaner with a rubber band, so it's always handy. After several uses, I swap it for a new one.
And here are some ways I use the list:
- I added one really important thing to my 'daily tasks' list: six checkboxes representing 12-oz glasses of water. It has really helped remind me to drink more water every day, which gives me lots more energy. Which helps me keep my house cleaner!!!
- I go to the library and print a few weeks' worth at a time. Then I use the pages to write in all of my appointments, meetings, to-do list sorts of things, etc., as well. This helps me rearrange housework around the busier days.
- I write the menus for the week on there, so I can tell with a glance what kind of shopping/meal prep I need to be doing throughout the week.
- I keep the lists clipped to a clipboard in the kitchen, with a pen, so it's easy to check throughout the day, or move around, or hide when company comes over (don't want to reveal the secret of my suddenly sparkling house).
Okay, I'm off to... er... what is it today? Wash the dining room windows? Eek, I doubt they've ever been washed. Okay, here goes!