With the kids out of school now, the days are long, the evenings are warm, and our schedule is in summer mode.
We REALLY drop the ball this time of year. Our dinner may be at 4pm or at 9.. it just depends how we feel, what we’re doing and where we are. (Without a bagged lunch in sight…)
Since we’ve really relaxed our schedule, the house was beginning to reflect that. For the most part, we keep up. But… let’s face it, the most used rooms will get hit, and the less seldom used rooms will get a closed door…
Today I was a little ashamed to have stayed online so long. Time flies when you’re having fun, right?! So when I surfaced off
Pinterest and Facebook my work day online, my glance around didn’t exactly earn a magazine shoot.
Frustrated with myself, I clicked my monitor into sleep mode (because more than that would just have been unsettling) and shouted, “ONE ROOM CLEANUP! Top to bottom! Pick your room!” to my son.
By the time he surfaced off his chair (because he was apparently very excited about this), I had finished one room and was onto my 2nd. And pushing for a 3rd.
So here’s what I did. I walked into a room, and refused to walk out of it until THAT room was done. And I mean, surfaces dusted, floor washed, garbage emptied, everything, even a quick wipe on a wall if needed. Whatever it took.
It wasn’t an overwhelming task at all, because it was ‘only one room’.
But I was so thrilled with the quick progress, I was enticed to do more. And more….
So I’m making clouds of dust while cleaning and both cats are in awe… they can’t figure out whether I’m trying to tease them into playing or if they should just stand back in case they get run over with the vacuum cleaner.
I think I was the one more entertained, watching their heads bob back and forth, following my every move. Their reaction may or may not mean I don’t do this enough… not confessing a thing yet…
My son picked a room he frequents most. It wasn’t that bad, but that didn’t matter. He still had to hang the clean shirts thrown over a chair and carry all the shoes downstairs. And pick up his 101 remotes. Whatever it took. And since HE picked the room, he didn’t even find a reason to complain.
Did I really write that last sentence?!
Anyway… I’m now sitting down and writing about this amazing (I’m sure NEVER been done before… heh) quick and easy house cleaning method because our house is sooooo clean! (in the rooms we did)
I seriously even set up my bedtray on my bed for a chick flick tonight after the gym because I will
hurt have earned the treat!
Sorry, no dirty floor pictures today. Just a ‘vision’ of the aftermath from my little brain storm and energy spurt. I’ll be right there, Lake!
Guilt… it’s a beautiful thing.
How do you keep up with things during summer? Or do you kinda let it go?