Hello my name is Mandy and I'm cleaning challenged. Or maybe I'm just lazy. Probably a combination of both. Now I sit here and wonder if my newest handicap with cleaning is that I'm allergic to it, literally.
I hate to clean. I've made no secret of that notion here in the past. I do the minimal amount until company comes over. That is how I roll.
I have no problem keeping up with the dishes and laundry. Yet when it comes to dusting, mopping and surface wiping, I'd rather cook, bake and dirty up pans than make sure the countertops don't have any food remains or stains from the last time I chopped up vegetables.
This not a good way to be, especially when you have a toddler, a dog and a cat. I should do more cleaning. So I'm trying to take more steps into keeping a tidier house. But it seems like when I do, I feel sick afterwards -- sneezing, coughing, headache and sore throat. After I clean, I feel sick!
Therefore, right now as I type this, I feel quite crappy. After all, Saturday my husband and I spent nearly four hours of non-stop cleaning around our house. FOUR HOURS - No exaggeration. We vacuumed, mopped, scrubbed toilets, scoured the surfaces, dusted, wiped down the fridge, microwave, and so on and so on.
I know you're jealous, you don't have to utter a word. Who wouldn't want to spend a weekend doing nothing but cleaning only to have it be dirty again two days later?
We had an entire weekend of rain and stormy weather so really, there wasn't anything we could do outdoors so we spent all our time inside trying to make our place better. Kirk even began rearranging our furniture and switching out a few pieces we had not utilized yet.
By Saturday night, the itchy throat started. I drank a Mudslide hoping it would soothe it. No such luck. On Sunday I felt worse and today I'm just hideous. And cranky. I haven't exercised since Friday and I'm thinking of all the things I won't be able to accomplish this week because I'm sick from cleaning over the weekend~
Sure there is a chance that it's a coincidence that it happened just after I reinacted Cinderella for a day. Vivian had a runny nose recently too but nothing serious. We had a monsoon amount of rainfall that probably caused mold and fungi to resurface all around us. I'm trying to think up other possibilities too so that I don't end up on one of those reality cleaning intervention shows.
But the bottom line is that I view cleaning as a thankless, endless job. I don't get that sense of satisfaction that others get when they have a clean house. I sit there and look at my spotless floors just cringing over the first speck of dirt that lands on it. My tush can't even sit comfortably on a sparkling toilet because I know the shit will take over it soon enough, again literally. I enjoy it for a minute, an hour or a whole day if I'm lucky. After that things go downhill and I give up.
Perhaps it would go smoother if I didn't wait so long to do it all? I really need to do a better job at incorporating clean habits into my daily or weekly routine; that way, that I'm not performing a Mr. Clean Marathon on the weekends when I should be enjoying family time.
On a whim, I came up with some catchy ideas on how I could possibly do more cleaning several days out of the week --
Mop it Mondays - cleaning the floors in the house
Take out Tuesdays - take out the trash and anything lying around that hasn't been touched for a week.
Wipe down Wednesdays - surface cleaning and mirror wiping
Thursdays and Fridays could be off days!
Suck it Saturdays - vacuuming and dusting
Sunday - another off day OR a back up for Saturday if it doesn't get done then.
Sounds fun, right? Yeah, right. Until I actually have to do it. Then I will probably convert my list into firewood and a backyard bonfire. Sigh!
Ugh, I don't know how to do this better! My mom hired a housekeeper for most of my childhood so she's not the best role model for me. I don't like to clean but I know it's a part of life. And not everyone can afford to hire someone to do the dirty work for us.
How do some folks get so motivated to do cleaning? How I can prevent this allergy cycle from happening to me again?
How often do you clean? Every day? Once a week? Every other week? Once a month? When company comes over? Almost never? How do you tackle the tasks of cleaning? What chore do you hate doing the most?
While I wait for you to answer, I'll be dreaming of a fairy godmother to take me away. Right after I swallow this cold medicine tablet.