I’m not in the mood to clean. Who is ever in the mood to do that?!
Yesterday, we were all up by 6:00am and out the door by 6:35. I was making breakfast for everyone before we left. I had to pack the kids lunches for our CC (Classical Conversations) day. We were rushing to drive my husband 30 miles south because he had vehicle problems, then make it back in time for CC.
Do you know what happens when a family of 5 is rushing to accomplish an hours worth of preparation in half the time we usually have? Chaos. Pure chaos. The kitchen was left in a mess, the bathroom…yeah I won’t go there.
Then I had homework due in my Applied Statistics course on bivariate and multivariate regressions. Huh! What? So coming home was a mad dash to get the animals taken care of just as my husband called and said it was time to pick him up.
Out the door we went. Backpacks were laid around. Lunchboxes on the dining room table. And my homework was screaming at me…READ ME….RUN THE ANALYSIS…YOU’LL NEVER UNDERSTAND THIS!!!
After picking up my husband, he drove so I could study. We had to run an errand the. We finally made our way home. The house is a disaster!!! But…the assignment was due in 6 hours! I value my GPA and am practically paranoid about my grades (no I was not like this in high school). So I ignored the house and went straight to work on homework. My husband handled dinner for me.
By the time I got my homework done and took a mental decompression period (AKA watched Bull on the DVR from 3 weeks ago), it was 1:00am. I was planning to wake up and start PiYo but when I woke up I had NO energy. Then I saw the family room…yep, my three tornadoes have been in the room. So I guess I’ll start that tomorrow.
My energy levels are still in the blah state and I have the cleaning blues.
SO HOW TO GET OVER THIS…
Small steps!!!My mom taught me to start in a small area and work my way around the room.
Step 1: Start with the areas that will give SMALL WINS first.
Clean off something simple. A coffee table, end table, fluff pillows on the couch and fix the throw.
Step 2: Then go hit the AUTOMATIC MACHINES.
Load the dishwasher and washer. You now have twice the work going at once.
Step 3: Ok now you’re in a cleaning groove, PUT ON SOME UPBEAT MUSIC!!!
That’s right use upbeat music to keep you moving. You can even dance while cleaning. Just don’t dance while mopping. (yep, there’s a story behind that…let’s just say thankfully my kids didn’t see it or record it and I was sitting on soft chairs for a bit!)
Step 4: Evaluate what’s left.
You’ve got a couple of small wins, started the automatic machines, and have some amazing music playing. Look around each room and determine what has to be done first. Do you need to clean off the couch? Fold that mountain of laundry that has been sitting there for 3 days? Clean off the table? Clean off the counter? Pick the most important things that have to be done and go at it. If your kids would be yelling from the bathroom that they need a towel because they are soaking wet and there’s no towels in there, the kitchen counter probably can wait 30 minutes. If you have two hours until supper time, you probably need to take care of the kitchen counter first.
- What needs to be done the soonest?
- What will cause a bigger distraction later in the day?
- What can wait until tomorrow?
- What can you DELEGATE to the kids or ask your spouse to help with?
- This is not the time for Spring Cleaning. Just get through the daily clutter that’s piled up.
Step 5: Divide and Conquer
I got my kids involved once they were done with their school work. Divide your time among the rooms: 10 minutes in each room. The kids and I worked 10 minutes in each room. That’s 40 minutes worth of work with 4 bodies working. Well, more like 35 because the 7 year old kept getting distracted by the dog.
The end results???
After all of that work, my energy was increased exponentially. The house was clean. I had more energy. I found inspiration to write.
We are moms! We get wore out! We have days where our energy is depleted and we have to find ways to get moving.