I am a very visual person and I'm very affected by my environment. I get really down about how much there is to do around the house and the worrying starts going my brain. I need a list of things I can do that will quickly make me feel like my space is more "perked up" (if that makes any sense) and gives me a sense of control over my environment. Otherwise I start feeling like the dirty house is going to eat me alive .
For example, I discovered today that picking out the two things from my HUGE laundry list that would make the house feel the most clean (more bang for the buck, if you will) really helped my mood. I bleached and polished my sink (skipped the rest of the kitchen ) and cleaned my sliding glass door. Amazing what a difference it made.
What do you do that helps you feel better in your home? It doesn't have to be cleaning related.
Wiping down surfaces in the bathroom - counters, sinks, mirror.
Vacuuming. We have a part-husky dog, so my floors always look like they have a fur coat. Even a quick buzz through the halls and around the living room/dining room/kitchen makes a big difference.
Wife to DH , mom to DS (4/09), and DD (8/11), and crafty and hardworking in my own right! In my parenting journey I've , , , , and. To each family their own!!
"There are words for people like me, but I don't think there are very many."
also, a good wipe down of the counters and sweeping the floor really help.
Oh yeah- once I got some cheap Ikea curtains at a garage sale and the space looked completely different once I hung them.
*CPST* mama to my three year old DS1 1.31.09 and wedded to angel 8.07
DS 2 8/18/12!!
some days, that's the only house-tasks that can get done but at least it feels like it's the minimum & it's been done early in the day
when also beds can be made and a load of laundry can be started early on the day .... that's great.
evening time priority; pick up what's on the floor in the main living space & put away as much papers and pens as possible before the evening meal.
I'd like to get into the habit of spending 5 to 7 minutes just vacuuming that area every other day because I know that it makes a visual difference and well worth the few minutes investment for the positive impact it has in my mood/feelings .... but am still working on that new habit !
i'm lucky that i live in a small place, with minimal stuff, and only the three of us and no pets. it gets too messy for me as it is. LOL
also, fresh flowers are a huge thing. we can't afford them right now, but when we can, i'm definitely bringing that back in.
"Swish and swipe," or whatever the Fly Lady calls it. This is the only thing I've ever actually done from Fly Lady. Every morning, squeeze some liquid soap (shampoo, body wash, whatever's handy) in the toilet and clean it with the toilet brush. Then take a clorox wipe and go over the bathroom surfaces (sink, faucet, toilet). It takes 60 seconds and you'll never actually have to "deep clean" the toilet and sink.
Every night before bed, I put the dishes in the dishwasher and wipe off the kitchen counters. I LOVE waking up to a clean kitchen.
"This is the sickest species the world has ever known."
Dr.John Bergman, speaking about the human species.
DH and I did a deep clean of the whole house yesterday and put up some fall decorations -- I love it! DH got down on his hands and knees and scrubbed the entire downstairs floor with a water/vinegar solution -- he knows the way to my heart!
So if I'm going to the kitchen for a drink of water, on the way I put a few of DS's books back on the bookshelf. Then I stop to straighten a pillow. In the kitchen, I take the five seconds to wipe down the countertop and put a dish in the dishwasher that DH left in the sink. Then I take my drink back to where I was sitting, but not before pausing to remove the junk mail from the dining table and put it into the wicker mail basket we keep by the door. When I go to the bathroom, I do a quick wipe-down of the countertop and sink. When I'm in the bedroom, I make the bed and put the laundry in the hamper. On my way to the basement/ground level to talk to DH, where the laundry room is, I take whatever laundry I can carry with me. Full hands are key.
Little things add up. Do the little things constantly and your house is MUCH easier to deal with when you really have to clean--especially with little ones running loose like little mess-making tornadoes...
Loving wife and mama to my sweet little son (Fall 2008) and a beautiful baby girl (Fall 2010)
When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty. --George Bernard Shaw
Midwife (CPM, LDM) and homeschooling mama to:
14yo ds 11yo dd 9yo ds and 7yo ds and 2yo ds
Also love the fresh flowers!
That was my catalyst for doing such a deep clean last weekend -- I wanted to put up fall decorations, but there was no way I was going to slap them up over and around the mess.