In 2008, I revamped how we eat and deal with finances. A couple weeks ago, something in me snapped and I couldn't accept our messy house and disorganization any more. Maybe it was realizing that we'd missed Peter's show and tell day two months out of four. Or thinking I'd cleaned the basement, but seeing 18 month old N. find tiny things to eat every 30 seconds anyway. Or watching our cleaned-for-Christmas house fall apart immediately.
I thought about using my 3-year-old Motivated Moms calendar or splurging the $7 and getting the current one. I checked out my LTK licensor's organization files (she's a mom of 4 boys, married to a neat freak, and runs a successful home business - she must have things put together). In the end, neither had everything I wanted and I killed a few days putting together my own list and putting onto a new Google Calendar and then the first two weeks in Excel for more convenient printing. I think I'm just a sucker for spreadsheets and lists. Now I'm glad I didn't work ahead any farther with Excel because it's easier to edit Google calendar as I figure out that I don't need to scrub my stovetop three times a week if it was clean to start with and how often do I really take out the garbage? In typical Amy-over-detailed fashion, I have daily, twice-weekly-three-times-weekly-four-times-weekly, weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, bi-monthly, seasonal, semi-annual, and annual activities all factored in. I've kept up with it for almost two weeks without throwing in the towel. I'm exhausted with a cold and up against work deadlines with Dan gone for evening activities most of this week, but the worst shape we've been in is to not handwash the stuff that didn't fit into the dishwasher. Since those tend to sit for a week, a couple days is far better than usual. I didn't feel guilty when my mom came over, knowing that she tends to clean all the messy stuff while I'm at Bible study. There were some clothes to put away, but that was it.
I spend a lot more time cleaning than I used to, but it's not overwhelming. I don't worry about laundry on non-laundry days. It's okay if we're running low on bread on Tuesdays because Wednesday is baking day. It feels like the 300 household management tasks that used to rattle around in my brain making me feel guilty but being too overwhelming to tackle have all settled into their respective time slots and now I'm free of them. Today I need to figure out what we'll do for February birthdays and holidays. Tomorrow will be backing up the harddrive. And nothing takes very long. Washing the mirrors? 3 minutes tops. Cleaning around the toilet? 1 minute. Things don't have a chance to pile up for very long, so they don't take long to put away. All the time I spend cleaning now, I was probably reading your blogs before, and there's only so many times anyone should check email each day.
I came upstairs the other day and found Dan scrubbing the stove. He said the computer told him to -- yay for pop-up windows! I have it set up timewise so I do most cleaning during the day, but hopefully Dan will be able to help with some of the more obnoxious occasional stuff, like keeping the photos uploaded.