I’ve written 8 goals for 2020 which I am now working on breaking them down into smaller chunks to work on throughout the year. I’m going to share my 8 goals here and will check-in quarterly to share how they are going.
Part 6: Homemaking Goals
Goal: Eliminate “stuff” from our home that makes it cluttered and ensure it is always cozy and welcoming for guests by creating and implementing a housekeeping plan and calendar.
I have been a domestic engineer for about 5 years, the last 3 of which all of my children have been in school all day. While I will not be winning any clean home awards anytime soon, I have improved on housekeeping over the years, there is still a lot of room for improvement.
I am committed to improving this year.
The house always looks great by the time company comes. You know how it is – your mother is coming and you want her to come in and tell you how lovely everything looks, so you clean all the fingerprints off the fridge and the mirrors and you scrub the toilets and sinks, you vacuum all the dog hair off the carpet and put a mint on the pillow just for fun. After you are done cleaning, you think “wow! The house feels so great when it’s clean and tidy like this!” After the company leaves, you go back to living your normal life where fingerprints and toothpaste in the sink don’t bother you anymore.
It has gotten to the point if I ask the kids to clean something on Friday after school they know someone is coming to stay. While I think it is important for our house to be tidy and cozy for visitors, why do I not feel the same way about us? Why shouldn’t we get to enjoy a cozy warm and inviting home every week, not just weeks someone is coming to visit?
I’m taking this new housekeeping venture into 2 parts: Decluttering and maintaining a cleaning calendar.
Decluttering: There is no minimalist flare in this house. We are all maximalists at heart. Our home has a ton of closet space and we have collectively filled every bit of it. We love our bookshelves stuffed full and each of our kids has their weird collections – buttons, stuffed animals, pokemon cards, rocks, seashells…you name it. The problem is our stuff keeps our house from feeling warm and inviting, and by being people who keep everything, we are creating tiny people who feel the need to do the same.
While I am not Marie Kondoing my house, I am living into the idea that if it doesn’t have a permanent place, it either gets one or it doesn’t belong here. I’m starting with my stuff because it’s the hardest. Getting rid of someone else’s stuff is easy.
Maintaining a Cleaning Calendar: The keyword is maintaining. I’ve made lots of cleaning calendars over the years and tried many more I’ve found on the internet. This year I sat down with my calendar and took a look at what I do weekly and looked at the open spaces of my week when I am usually home and available to my housework. For example, every other Thursday I have a group I attend at church. On the off weeks, I have scheduled some every-other-week chores, like wiping down the fingerprints off the windows and cleaning out the pantry. I am making my cleaning calendar work for me; I am not working for my cleaning calendar.
Will it work? It will. But if it doesn’t we can always reset these goals mid-way through when we figure out what doesn’t work or have a revelation about what might!