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You’ve heard me say many times that “domesticity” is not exactly listed on my resume. In fact, my husband far and away surpasses my domestic abilities. And I am SO thankful for a husband whose love language is “acts of service” because this is what love often looks like in our house…
The dynamics of every relationship are different, but I’m so thankful this is how ours works. We are truly partners when it comes to housework…admittedly with him doing more than his fair share.
To be honest, I know I’m not good at housework, and that makes me not want to try. Sounds silly, I know. But it’s true. And it’s something I’m working through. I’ve realized that no one came out of the womb knowing how to mop floors, clean ovens, or spot clean clothes. It’s not too late for me to learn. I learned a few little tricks that have helped me and I thought they might help some of you too. These little tips will go a long way to keeping your housekeeping efforts simple and effective…especially if you’re life is as crazy as mine.
1) Clean As You Go
Oh, I am so bad at this. I let things pile up, thinking that the end of the world might come before I have to clean that dish. Or do that laundry. Or mop the floors. Or I think that the cleaning fairy might show up and I won’t have to do it. Newsflash: She ain’t coming. When you wake up, that dish will still be there. And if it’s not, it will be clean and your husband will be grumpy because he had to clean it because you went to bed with the dish crusted with last night’s dinner still sitting in the sink. (Trust me on this one.)
My husband has tried SO hard to instill this into me, especially when it comes to cleaning up after cooking. I still fail miserably most of the time, but I’m working on it. Why? Because I know he’s right.
2) Don’t Complicate Things
I used to think everyone knew all kinds of detailed techniques when it came to housework. Nope. Most of the time, the best ways are the simplest ways. When you’re a busy mom, simple is better.
P&G recently sent me some samples of their Tide Pods and Gain Flings and these fall right into that idea of keeping things simple.
They remind me of the packets we use in our dishwasher and they make laundry SO much simpler – especially if you have a baby on your hip, or a phone in your hand. Just drop it in and go. AND it has detergent, brightener and stain remover all in one little packet. Can’t get much less complicated than that!
And can I just be honest here? I have never used brightener or stain remover before. It felt too complicated, it overwhelmed me, and I don’t remember my mom ever using anything more than just plain detergent in our laundry. (She will probably correct me, so let’s just blame that on me not paying attention as a sulking teenager who didn’t want to learn how to do laundry.)
My husband couldn’t BELIEVE how much better our clothes looked. I don’t think there will be any going back now. His quote of the night? When looking at one of his white undershirts he said, “They didn’t look this good right out of the package!” Sold. Looks like I’ll be picking up some of these little pods of magic on my next trip to Target.
Don’t complicate things. Keep it simple.
3) Aim to Tackle One “Project” a Week
This lesson I learned during my Wannabe Challenge in January. I realized there are certain things around the house (like cleaning my appliances or my baseboards) that just never seem to happen. Life gets busy and it feels like you’re just trying to keep your head above water.
Aim to tackle one housecleaning project each week. If you can get yourself in a good rotation, you’ll never feel overwhelmed when cleaning the fridge or washing the windows. Instead of dirt and grime piling up for months (or years), you’ll be able to keep things much more under control by sticking to a regular schedule.
For those runners in the audience, think of this as your weekly “long run”. You may not always look forward to doing your long run, but you’ll always be glad you did and it’s so important to staying on top of your game. Same goes for keeping the house clean.
These might be simple, little tips, but I promise they will go a LONG way toward keeping your house clean and your sanity in check.
What’s your best housekeeping advice for us not-so-domestic wannabe housekeepers?