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When you have kids, the battle between order and chaos at home can take place on many fronts. Ordering Disorder is about ways to fight domestic entropy with organizing tips, tricks, meal ideas and more.
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Do you have a house cleaning help? I do not, but wish I did. After crunching numbers and facing down orthodontic work for both kids, I think it’ll be a while before we can get someone to help. It’s not that I can’t do it myself, my house isn’t all that large, but there are two issues which keep me unhappily cleaning.
I hate that the entire house is never clean at the same time, with the time I’m willing to devote to house cleaning, I have time to do all the bathrooms or all the main level or all the upper level. I’m rarely able to commit a whole day to cleaning the entire house.
I have a theory that we must pick priorities in our lives, otherwise we feel frazzled and unhappy. Something has to give and everyone has their own personal threshold for the things they choose to juggle. My husband happily juggles 47 tasks at once, my best friend can do about 54 things at once before she says incredulously, “I just can’t keep up!” I can honestly do about 8 things before I start to cross over into overwhelmed and unproductive.
The problem is a clean house is an emotional priority for me, I feel better if the house is clean and I’m not threatened by giant dust balls of cat hair. However it’s not particularly a time priority, something I want to give my time to.
I’m loving this Real Simple tip sheet for quick cleaning if you have 15 minutes, 30 minutes or a half a day. The kitchen tips are things I already do, though I could spend more time on my floors. The bathroom tips aren’t as great, I still have trouble getting to the floors. I appear to have a floor aversion. These cleaning to do lists could also be helpful and manageable.
Flylady’s system is good, if you customize it to your own style. I like having a clean sink but it’s not imperative to my daily life. However, I love the 10 minute timer method. Right before I pick up my kids from school I set the timer for 10 minutes and straighten up the kitchen in preparation for the evening rush and onslaught of school papers I’m about to tear through.
I’m wondering how you (aside from outsourcing the job which is my ideal but not happening) keep your house clean? Do you have time saving tips? Is my fantasy of a house cleaned from top to bottom on the same day (without me devoting a day to the job) an impossible dream?
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