First of all, thank you so much for allowing me to let my hair down yesterday and just be real with you. Your comments were so encouraging…both from those of you who share my struggle, as well as from those of you who seem to have figured all of this out for yourself. Hopefully I’m headed in that direction myself!!
So do you want to see how I did on keeping my word? Here’s what my kitchen looked like last night before I went to bed.
Oh yeah! Looky at how clean! And the other side…
Now that’s what I’m talkin’ about!! I allowed the two picture frames to stay because I’m hoping that they’ll spark some creative idea for over-the-sink artwork. Now what’s that shiny thing I see?
A clean sink!!!
Oh sure, I was working until 12:40 this morning on the kitchen, but I think it’s worth it! It was so nice to get up this morning and see this clean kitchen, rather than this madness…
Those of you who seem to have mastered the art of a “clean enough” house had some really great advice for me. I read every comment, mulled over your suggestions, and I think I have a plan that will work for me. See what you think about this:
I have six rooms in my condo (if I count the kitchen and break fast room as one). So I will assign one room to each day of the week for “deep cleaning”. Initially (since things are so out of control), this will be one hour of cleaning per day, but hopefully I can reduce that to 45 minutes or even 30 minutes on once the C.H.A.O.S. has been cured. So it’ll look something like this:
Monday: Kitchen/Breakfast Room
Tuesday: Family Room
Wednesday: Main Bathroom
Saturday: Office Bathroom
In addition to that, I will maintain my “clean enough” kitchen by taking 15 minutes or so each night before I go to bed to do the dishes and wipe down the countertops and the sink.
One last thing…the laundry!!! It’s taking over!!! So until I’m caught up, I’m committing to doing two loads of laundry per day: I’ll put a load in when I get up, then right before I leave for the day, I’ll put that load in the dryer and put in the second load to wash. When I get home, the second load goes in the dryer. Then at some point before I go to bed, those have to be put away.
It sounds like a lot to me right now, but like I said yesterday, I really don’t think I suffer from a lack-of-time problem. My problem is poor time management. So rather than getting overwhelmed and trying to numb my mind with time-wasting things, I just need to get busy. I need to look this monster in the eyes and not back down.
So that’s my plan. I’ll let you know how it’s going periodically.
In the meantime, can any of you tell me how to get these black spots off of my glass cooktop? Every time I use my stove, these things seem to appear, and I don’t know how to get them off. I’ve tried the scratchy side of a sponge, and it doesn’t really seem to phase it much. And these spots are very smooth, so it’s not like there’s anything to scrape off with a knife or a flat-edge razor blade. Help me!! These really irritate me.
Well thanks for letting me take this little non-decorating detour these last couple of days. In reality, I guess this really does have to do with decorating, doesn’t it? After all, what’s the point in making our homes look nice with pretty furniture, gorgeous draperies, perfect little accessories, fun paint color, and wonderful light fixtures, if we’re just going to allow it to turn into C.H.A.O.S.?
No, we work WAY too hard on our decorating our homes to let clutter create C.H.A.O.S.
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