There are few things I dislike more than setting up Christmas in a dirty house. With the hustle and bustle of the season, Thanksgiving travels, jumping right into Christmas and a household full of busy little people . . . well, that dirty house can sneak right up on you! This is true for me anyways, so I imagine there must be at least a few friends out there who are also plagued by it.
I grew up in a household where my mother never let the dust settle, in more ways than one. While I may never manage to measure up to her white glove standards, I can sure give it the old college try. I’ve learned an awful lot from her stellar example.
One of the best tips I’ve retained from her tutelage is to have a routine. She gets up in the morning, showers and dresses. She does her hair and then applies makeup, all before starting her household cleaning routine. When I picture the 50′s version of the “perfect housewife”, there is no need to imagine June Cleaver, I have my mother.
Although I would love to tell you that I am always perfectly put together for the morning routine, the truth is, I miss that mark regularly and I can’t remember the last time I applied lipstick before doing the dishes. It may sound silly, but the truth is, when I look better, it helps me feel better and then I might even enjoy those dishes a little more. Note to self: apply lipstick, implement routine.
As Christmas is quickly approaching, I’ve found myself off routine. It’s easy to get side tracked during the holidays, but can be all that much more important to dig in and stick to the plan. Here’s the key, it doesn’t need to be a complicated plan.
When I get behind (and I do get behind) I need to remember not to become overwhelmed. Instead, it’s better to break things down into bite size pieces, strap on the rubber gloves, get out the trusty soap bucket, and go to town.
Using a 15 minute plan helps to accomplish more without feeling behind.
Set the timer. Start in the kitchen and get those dishes and counters clean. Make a master list, and then divide it into sections and attack in 15 minute increments. You will be amazed at what you can accomplish in that amount of time. It will inspire you to do more.
Soon enough, everything will indeed be merry & bright!
Need more guidance? Enter the solution – The Fly Lady
If you aren’t familiar with her, you are in for a treat. She is full of helpful information to help you come clean.
Guess what else? The Fly Lady has a column in the new Molly Green Magazine! She’ll be gracing us with her presence and sharing her valuable insight all year long.
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I’m off to take care of some dishes, and then move to the family room. Now, if I can just find that lip stick . . . . .
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