I have a confession to make… I haven’t cleaned in a while… I feel guilty but it’s summer, it seems like all of our normal routines DIED when the last school bell rang!
I don’t know if you’re like me but I have a hard time keeping to schedules and routines once the summer hits. Getting pictures of me cleaning this summer is about as likely to happen as someone taking a clear picture of a Sasquatch.
This is evidenced by my bedroom floor last night!
In my defense, I asked the kids to get their clean laundry out of my room (I sort & distribute from here) and of course, they didn’t. They said we’ve been “too busy having fun” to do chores (and yet they managed to destroy the somewhat organized chaos, this morning I tidied up, it was my 13 yr old clothes & towels mainly). It is kinda true… we’ve barely been home, when we’re not camping, we’re driving kids back and forth to camp or to sleepovers at friend’s. I haven’t exactly been the enforcer on the issue either.
I can’t believe I’m showing you this… deep breaths… this is a no judgement zone right?!
SEE! Without a schedule – I am completely and utterly lost! I used to make fun of my hubby who can’t seem to remember to do anything without a “TO-DO” list but the truth be told… I can’t either!
If you want to survive the summer without losing your mind in the clutter… my advice is to set yourself up with a chore-list that includes the kids helping out. Just because it’s the holidays doesn’t mean doing chores takes a break too. OK now I’m preaching to the choir!
It’s important to write out what you want to get done, make it clear & specific, in big block letters if you need to, so that it can be read on the run. It’s amazing how many things get accomplished when they’re written down!
If it’ll help… try unplugging from the TV, laptop, gamer machines, handheld WiFi devices until things get crossed off that “To-Do” list… go old school for a while.
I saw this on Facebook first thing Monday morning and it made my day, this mother is brilliant!
A little incentive to keep to a chore schedule can be the motivation everyone needs!
Another great tip: tidy as you go, clean up a little piece of your house every day! I promise it will make it easier and then you won’t be so overwhelmed by the end of the summer.
I’m all about making life easier!!!
I can honestly say that I use Lysol products like the disinfecting wipes and the fabric mist because it makes it easier for me to CLEAN. It doesn’t feel like I’m not doing any WORK and this Summer-Lovin Housewife can ENJOY her lazy days again.