My friends and family are laughing right now. “Katie can’t write about cleaning! That’s ridiculous!”
It’s true, my house is generally a mess. And under that mess there are crumbs. And dirt. And dust bunnies. Let’s put it this way…I will never win an award for having a clean house.
Sometimes, my house gets messy (I prefer “messy” to “dirty.” “Messy” sounds so much better.) enough that I get totally overwhelmed and don’t even know where to start cleaning it.
Through the last five years, however, I’ve developed a system that helps me get going when the going (cleaning) gets rough.
But before I divulge my secrets, I have to ask one question. Do you strive to have a perfectly clean house all of the time? If so, just stop reading. This is NOT the blog post for you.
Now, for the rest of you, let’s discuss our goal when cleaning.
Our goal is NOT to have every room in the house sparkling at the same time. Our goal is NOT to have every fingerprint wiped off of every surface. Our goal is NOT that all of the laundry is clean, folded and ironed every night before we go to bed.
Our goal is not perfection.
Our goal is FUNCTION! Function, people!
Our goal is that our houses are clean and tidy enough that the family can function. Our goal is that everyone can find clean clothes to wear in the morning, that we have a place to prepare food and to eat it, that the kids have a place to play and that we can find the bills before they’re due.
Function – not perfection!
Are you with me? (or against me?)
If you’re with me, follow along on Facebook so you can see the next post in this series, where I tell ya’ll how to get started when cleaning is overwhelming.