Finding joy in the day to day tasks of taking care of home and family can be a challenge! We get frustrated trying to live up to the expectations of others and discouraged by all the Pinterest-worthy images we see on social media. We begin to overcome these challenges when we discover our WHY. Once our WHY has been determined, we can begin to move forward by defining our priorities for each task and embracing our “good enough”. Once these are done, we can make a plan that works for us and stop trying to make someone else’s plan fit our life.
Make a (Realistic) Plan
Set yourself up for success by making a plan that is realistic for you. Depending on your life stage or schedule it may not be possible to plan to clean your entire house in one day. You may also love the idea of doing monthly freezer cooking but you may not have several hours in a row you can dedicate to cooking each month. Just because a system (or plan) works well for one person, doesn’t mean it works well for everyone.
I have a pretty good basic cleaning routine that works well for me. The basic tasks of laundry, bathroom cleaning, and vacuuming get done each week. However, I realized that the more thorough and deep cleaning tasks rarely got done!
To try and remedy this I developed a plan to do a bit of deep cleaning each week. I thought that this way I could get some deep cleaning done each week and it would just keep getting done. But I’ve discovered that this isn’t working for me! I need to refine my plan.
Refine the Plan as Needed
Trying to get a concrete list of tasks done each week was not happening. Some weeks I would have time to get most of it done and some weeks I barely got anything on the list done! I was feeling behind and like I was failing at my own plan!
So, I’ve refined my plan. Now I have set times during the day when I focus on cleaning. During these times I first focus on the daily/weekly things that need to be done (like laundry or the bathroom or vacuuming), then if I have time, I move onto a deep cleaning task. One day I might wash the kitchen floor, another day I may clean a closet, some days are busy and not much of anything gets done! It all depends on how much time I have and what I decide is a priority.
Make it fun
I’ve also found ways to make these tasks more fun! I like to listen to podcasts while I clean. This gives my brain something fun to do as well as gives me a bit of adult-type “conversation” during my homeschooling days.
Use the right tools
Cleaning is so much easier with the right tools and products. I’m a huge fan of keeping it simple, but I also like to keep it easy by using the right tools. We have hardwood floors throughout our house. I used to sweep all these floors but was always frustrated that I couldn’t quite get it all. Then I got a small (1.5 gallon) shop vac. It has made it so much easier to keep the floors clean! It is easy to maneuver and easily sucks up all the sand and dirt that comes from living on a gravel road as well as all the bits of bark and wood that come in with the firewood. It also does a great job with hair in the bathroom! Yes, it takes up more room than a broom and dustpan (and I do still have a broom for small jobs) but I love how much easier it is to keep floors clean!
Celebrate your successes. Even if it is just cleaning something for 10 minutes, I consider it a success! I rarely try to clean outside of my “scheduled” cleaning times because then I would feel the need to always keep cleaning because I would never be “done”. Schedule yourself an endpoint and be “done.” Celebrate the success of being “done” for that day!
Live in the Sweet Spot of Contentment
Contentment means being happy with what you have. There is always more we could be doing, but we also need time for rest and fun. Be content with a plan that you can succeed in that fits your life now…not what you wish your life was li