Friday, December 9, 2011
Keeping your home Holiday Clean
I have broken my house into 7 "zones". Each day, I do a "deep" cleaning of that days zone. Not spring cleaning deep, but just a general thorough cleaning of one zone per day. Then I can do a quick pickup around the rest of the house in about 10 minutes. No room gets too messy, and it breaking it into manageable tasks helps me manage my time. I am able to give Aaron his school assignments and then get to work. He's done about the time I am, and I can check his work, and then move on. I also try to do 1-2 loads of laundry and dishes each day so it doesn't get overwhelming. I taught my kids from early on that they have chores that they must do each day. They are responsible for bringing me their laundry to wash, then they get it out of the dryer, fold it, and put it away. They don't fight me on it, because I started them very early on doing these things.
I also try to spend a solid 3 hours once per week, and have finally gotten Nick on board with this, and we work together on one home project. We have a ton of stuff that we have moved around from house to house since we married over 15 years ago, and we need to purge! Once a month we have big trash pickup, and we always have a pile ready to go. We also have a monthly pickup from a local charity in our neighborhood. I try to put out as much as I can then too, in addition to sending kids clothes and toys with my parents when they visit, and pass along to my cousins.
Doing all of these tasks year long, means when the holidays arrive, I'm not overwhelmed when we have last minute guests, parties, or events. Just get the whole family involved so you just stress yourself out over the small details, realize everyone's home has some "dust bunnies", and enjoy yourself. The greatest thing about the holidays is spending time with those you love, so use your energy to enjoy it, not waste it stressing over a messy home.
Merry Christmas y'all!!!
"I am sharing my holiday home decor and cleaning tips for the chance to win prizes from The SITS Girls and Great Cleaners."