Ever since I was a child I’ve struggled to keep things clean and my imagination didn’t really help. The entire time I was supposed to be cleaning my room I was really thinking about how cool it would be to have a magick wand to clean up the mess. I pictured flying around like the fairies off of sleeping beauty waving my wand and asking the mess to dance around and sing songs while it put itself away, just like Mickey Mouse in the Sorcerer's Apprentice. Needless to say I spent more time fantasising than cleaning. In fact I probably still do.
The mess never did clean itself and I struggled with it for 30+ years. Slowly over time I began learning to conquer it one little piece at a time. Recently I’ve been able to make giant steps forward thanks to 'super cleaner concentrate' recipe. These giant steps have helped me to realize how much the mess was holding me back. Every room in my house now feels good to be in, and for the first time in my life I can relax in my own house. It was as if the clutter and chaos made me claustrophobic and I couldn’t move.
Well the busy season is here and I’ve started working long days again, unfortunately when I work long days the mess monster visits more often. The problem with the mess monster is that it doesn’t just slowly trickle to a gradual out of control feeling, it explodes mess everywhere, leaving me feeling trapped and unable to move rather quickly.
Like everything in life the more you practice something the easier it gets. I’ve been practicing not letting the mess monster get the best of me and as I’ve been working, so has my imagination. We’ve managed to come up with a few little tricks that make it so much easier that it’s almost like the house can clean itself.
First of all. Put stuff away. Sounds easy but it can be a challenge, especially if you have to leave early in the morning and you come home late at night. If you see something that needs to be put away, put it away. The more you practice the easier it gets. Eventually you’ll rub off on those around you and they may even start putting stuff away. If you run into a thing that doesn't have an “away” then you may want to create a space for things that need to find homes. A small space is ideal, it forces you to find homes sonner.
Things not to put away. Your broom. Leave it where you need to sweep the most. Ours is in the bathroom by the kitty litter box. That floor is swept several times a day. Our mop during the muddy season lives by the front door. That way I can mop up all the those muddy dog prints. Getting dirt stuck to the bottom of my feet when I walk across the floor drives me crazy! This has been a great motivator in learning to keep them clean. The vacuum cleaner lives in it’s own spot plugged in and ready to go in the living room. For some reason getting these tools out and ready to go is half the battle for me. Making sure they’re accessible and easy to use has really helped.
I have also been rotating my rooms. Every month I have two rooms that get scrubbed top to bottom. I write them on the bottom of my calendar and they have a rotation. 3 times a year, every room in the house is super cleaned. At first it took me a week to clean the rooms but now I can do both rooms in a day. I find I actually enjoy mopping the walls!
My skills and diligence are far from perfect but the more aware I am of how my surroundings affect me physically and emotionally the more motivated I am to push to make those changes. The more changes I make the happier I am.
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Hi, I'm Cyndi Bird, hobby homesteader, aspiring writer, amature photographer, art and craft enthousiast and wanna be cook.