Alison - posted on 05/26/2011 ( 21 moms have responded )
I thought I would share what's working for me to get my house clean in case anyone else is really struggling like me. This is not for the cleaning super moms who want to know how to polish their stainless steel. This is going from "the teenage salesperson had to sit on my entryway floor" to "hmmm, this is what it feels like when I go to other people's houses." First, my husband asked me to clean the office/guest room and only the office/guest room. I figured after nearly 6 years of sporadic bursts of cleaning followed by pig-styishness and not being able to have clean clothes for church unless he did laundry that I could manage the guest room. Plus, his parents are coming next month so...Anyway, while my baby was taking a nap, I took my toddler upstairs to the office. She listened to music while I divided and conquered. I put the trash in one box, stuff that didn't belong in the office in another box, and put everything away that did belong in that room. I sprayed the surfaces with multi-purpose cleaner, wiped and scrubbed, threw the trash box away, and I was done. Sounds easy right. Surprisingly, it was. Smart hubby. It's the least-used room in the house so I closed the door and it stayed clean. It wasn't as demoralizing as cleaning the family room and then 5 seconds later it's messy again. With my baby's room I did the same thing--trash in the garbage, clothes on the floor in garbage bag, picked up toys, made his bed, done. Wow, I'm on a roll. The bathroom--dirty clothes in the garbage bag, trash in the garbage, spray everything with multi-purpose cleaner, scrub and sweep with my super-nifty Sweeper-Vac. Still many rooms to go but I'm feeling good. I'll admit--the family room and kitchen are still really daunting to me because we do everything in those rooms, but I keep telling myself, stick with the system, stick with the system. In the end, I'll have diaper boxes of stuff that didn't belong in the rooms they were in to put away, give away, or throw away. And I'll vacuum. Maybe I'll even get to shampooing or steam cleaning, but one step at a time, one step at a time.