I’ve said this before – I’m big on having ideas, and terrible at follow-through. Here’s another harebrained idea I’m testing out, though.
I’ve talked about commercial cleaning before, and a few years ago I was all crazed for FlyLady.com (the ideas, not actually following the schedule), and of course watching Hoarders every so often has kept the house fairly non-disgusting, but when it comes down to it, I’m a slob. There are things around here that would make Clean People faint. It’s not that I care – we don’t have people over – but I do think about cleaning occasionally.
So here’s what it is: A weekly list of things to cross off, because I love crossing things off! I went ahead and put stuff on that we do every week anyway – like grocery shopping and the laundry – because of the automatic crossing-off satisfaction. The beauty of it is, if we don’t get to something this week, no big whoop – I haven’t dusted some rooms since I was in my thirties, so what’s another week going to hurt? (This is borrowed from Beth’s genius idea of shaving your legs every day. Swipe, swipe – miss a few spots? Big deal, you’ll get ’em tomorrow.)
I have also given myself permission to do a bad job on the new chores. For instance, I swept my bathroom tonight. I didn’t even do a good job, because you know why? I never sweep my bathroom, and as of now it looks 100% better than it has in months! I might even sweep in a corner next week!