Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Housekeeping, Day 2: Just do it

(Note: I had this set to automatically post yesterday, and it didn't. I'm still learning!)

Now that we understand the importance of keeping a (relatively) neat and tidy home, I'd like to mention something that seems so very simple, but yet I missed it for so long.

The most efficient way to get your housework done, whether it be laundry, dishes, cleaning, organizing or deep cleaning, is to just do it.

Yep. Just do it. Seems simple, right? But I know that at one point in my life, I would spend an entire day trying to figure out the most efficient way to get laundry done, for example. I would rearrange how I have the laundry room set up. I would spend time making charts on my computer about what to wash on which days. I would Google various schedules and systems for getting things done, rather than just DOING them. I would procrastinate in every way possible.

When, in fact, the best way to make sure your housework is done is to do it. Just DO it. When you're tired, get something small done ANYWAY. When you're busy, set aside a few minutes to just get something done in the home. We know it's important, right? We know that our family and our home is one of our primary responsibilities as mothers/wives, right? Then give it some importance.

Now, life happens. And later this week, we'll talk a bit about priorities and what to do when life happens. I'm not saying drop EVERYTHING and scrub your floors. Let's be realistic, shall we? But sort and fold clothes during NCIS. Empty and reload the dishwasher while the soup for dinner is simmering. Find five minutes and do some small job that obviously needs to be done. Find a system that you like (and we'll talk about various systems tomorrow), and accomplish something.

I have a house full of kiddos most days. It feels like this place can go from acceptable to warranting a call to Hoarders or Clean House in a matter of minutes. I know how it feels to just be overwhelmed. But pick somewhere to start, and start there. Pick one surface, one drawer, one task and start it. When you're done, pick another one.

It seems simple, right? And maybe I'm the only person that struggles with procrastination and feeling overwhelmed, not knowing where to start. But I know that it helps me sometimes to just focus on something small, and get it done.

See you tomorrow!


Tarasview said...

very good advice!

Tanya said...

"Just do it" is the best advice ever. And folding clothes while watching TV makes it seem like you're not doing any work at all. :)

You'd be surprised what you can get done in 10 minute chunks of time.

(Now if I could just tell myself that when the toilets or tub need cleaning ...)

Lisa @ The Preacher's Wife said...

lol..i'm the girl who loves making the list but never seems to get anything crossed off it..

so glad you are going to be part of the discussion group! :)

Tarasview said...

so... what happened to Days 3, 4, 5 etc.? It's that crazy life getting in the way eh?

hugs to you.