Courtney is the perfect blend of 1950’s housewife and modern housewife. She keeps things simple. On her website, Homemaker Hero, she features tips and tricks of how things were done “back then” and applies them to modern living. You can also find Courtney on twitter @HomemakerHero.
Today I want to talk about something that happens to every homemaker and yet none of us ever feel comfortable admitting it to anyone. Spouses cover your ears – I’m about to say the “L” word. Laziness. It happens to the best and worst of us. While we daydream of our yearly vacation, the house gets out of control.
While I fully believe in taking a couple of days off during the week, you may or may not be the type of person who can handle what happens to your home when you’re not in control of the clutter for those two days. So what do you do? What do you do when laziness strikes and the clutter gets out of control?
I’ll be the first person to tell you that it’s ok to hire a maid from time to time. You should consider hiring a maid when your clutter has spun out of control. Sometimes clutter can be overwhelming to deal with and when you’re just not feeling up to it, it’s hard to work your way through it. Let someone else knock out the bulk of it. That may be all you need to pull yourself out of a funk. You can then pick up where you left off and clean only what clutters at that point. Still, in this economy, hiring a maid (even if it’s someone you know) may be out of the question. So then what?
Don’t try to tackle the entire house in one day. Schedule one room per day and concentrate on that. Once you’ve really cleaned one room, it’ll be easier to “clean sweep” every day after that. A “clean sweep” is just quickly going through the room and putting things where they belong and wiping down countertops. Say you start with cleaning the kitchen only today. Tomorrow, when you’re scheduled to clean bathrooms it’ll be easy to also clean the kitchen. The day after that, clean a bedroom and then go back through and clean sweep the bathrooms and kitchen again. Your home may not be cleaned as quickly as a maid could do it, but after one week, you’ll be in control of the clutter and have your home back.
Next, you’ll want to read: How Do I Set Up a Housekeeping Plan?