I feel like my house never actually gets CLEAN.
But if you're looking for tips, you may want to go check out some pasts posts about my bathroom here or here. Or for some organizing or decorating inspiration, you could look at the bedroom or pantry from my old house. Or even just go on Pinerest and get some ideas from people who actually know what they're doing! :)
I usually have my quiet time late at night. When supper is cleaned up (at least mostly!), the kids are in bed, and the toys/blankets/pillows/books are picked up, I can breathe. I usually do my devotions, computer time, or reading once I feel like things are 'clean'. The other night I got up from the living room chair to head to bed and thought to myself 'oh this house feels SO clean right now, I love it!'...then I started to look around. Ha!
See for yourself!
My standards used to be so much higher. Before I had kids, my house was not only picked up, but typically was CLEAN too!! Now with 3 kids age 3 and under...well...let's just say it's not so easy! And I'm not trying to justify it, just sharing with you, who may get discouraged about the appearance of your own home, that it really is OK! I'm learning to let some of these things go; that it's not really as important as we sometimes think it is.
Ask my mom, I've never been OCD about having a clean house. It's always been acceptable, but not immaculate. Which is ok by me. I'm the type that likes everything to have a place and be somewhat organized and picked up. But when it comes to scrubbing, dusting, vacuuming, and so on, well...my standards come down much faster. I don't even want to imagine trying to get pictures of the crumbs, dust, and smears around the house.
This one may be more accurate though...
Take the time to look at how you SPEND your time.
Refocus and set your priorities.
Learn ways to make things happen.
I am a list person, so often having a list of things I want to get done during the day, from sweeping to reading to my kids, helps me to stay on task. Staying organized and on top of things without letting it build up too bad makes it easier to keep up too. I'll be sharing my Home Management Binder system and cleaning schedule in a future post coming soon. Not that I'm an expert or anything, but I do like to be organized, and I know I enjoy seeing how others run their homes to inspire me and give me new ideas.
If there's a specific area that you are trying to find a system for, let me know and I'll try to include what works for us in a post at some point (IF I've discovered what works for us that is!)
Thanks for stopping in! Now to get off this computer and get something else (cleaning?!) done while my kids are having quiet time!
Oh oops...one of them is bringing me a Little Golden Book as I type this!
Have a wonderful weekemd