Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Company is Coming? Quick, Throw Everything Behind The Couch!

I don't know how these other moms do it. They always seem to have a spotless home. I rarely have a spotless home. I'm not perfect. I don't want to pretend to be either. I'm one of those moms that will get a call that company is coming over, and quickly run around trying to put everything away! I am not ashamed to say that I've thrown toys, and clothes, behind the couch and cleaned it up later after guests have left (come on, don't act like you've never done it). 

Sadly, I won't have a living room that looks like it came out of a Better Homes & Gardens magazine until the kids are out of the nest. Or at least until my toddler is a teenager at the very earliest.

I'm one of those people that can't seem to figure out what to clean and when. I feel like I'm doing everything every day. I never understood those people who like to clean to calm themselves. I mean, really? How does that work? Can you explain that to me? 

Sure, I'm a stay at home mom. I should have all the time in the world, right? Nope. I also have a blog (and very needy children). I've been slacking on my blog because of the kids. I'm also the main driver, so I take my husband to and from work (he doesn't have a license, never has, super long story related to the death of his father). I feel endlessly tired, but such is the life of a mom, right? 

seriously, insert the image of an overtired mom here. that'd be me.

But being a stay at home mom doesn't automatically qualify me as a maid. I'm not a maid. Nor would I ever want to be a maid. Not that those women aren't worthy, they are amazing, I just couldn't do it - can someone send a maid this way?

Luckily for me, my husband does the majority of the dishes. Well, he loads the dishwasher, and my son empties it. So I didn't put dishes on my list. Nor did I put taking out the garbage. Since we live in apartments, my hubby just takes it to the closest bin to our unit whenever the trash bag is full. So there are two things off my list that I rarely need to worry about. 

The rest however, I feel like its a neverending nightmare. 

I mean, I have my 11-year-old son, who claims to like to help but yet never seems to want to help. Sometimes I feel like I'm selling my soul to get the boy to clean up something. Then there's my toddler, she's much better at making messes than she is cleaning them. Though just yesterday I gave her a magic eraser and she and her brother went around cleaning the walls. She actually started humming to herself while doing it. Super adorable by the way.

So like I said, I was searching around Pinterest, and came across a pin that My First Apartment had pinned. It was perfect as a template. It was an apartment housekeeping plan (see that plan here, at My First Apartment). I thought, cool, I can do this. Then I realized that some of it wasn't tailored to me/what I need. So, I headed over to PicMonkey and made my own version. 

Since I have kids, I don't specify what days I vacuum. We just do it when it's needed. I'm hoping that kitchen floors will be OK once a week, but I fear that will end up being something I do more regularly than I'd like. Or maybe "kitchen floors" can just mean steam mop. Yup. Ok. That's settled. I'll sweep and Swiffer mop as needed, but steaming only on the day designated for kitchen floors. ;)

Anyways. I thought I'd share my list with you. If you'd like to print it yourself, please feel free to do so! Pin it to Pinterest and share it around! Hopefully, it will bring some sense of peace to someone like myself who can't seem to find the calm in cleaning.  If you'd like to download it, click here.

What do you do, do you use a cleaning schedule like this one? Do you follow some popular site like Fly Lady? I couldn't follow her, it's just not me. Share in the comments! 

I would love for you to share pins of your favorite cleaning tips/charts/schedules on my Readers Cleaning Tips board! Since Pinterest does not have open boards, you'd have to send me a message to request to join. On the web: click the notifcations tab at the top right of the screen, click messages, and then send new message.  If on the app, click the notifications button at the bottom, then click messages, and send me one using the red + button :) I look forward to pinning with you!

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