As a mom of 3 kids 4 and under....man. Life. gets. messy!
(in more ways than one...)
I have this terrible fantasy of being cutely dressed, hair and make up done, children in actual clothing (not counting pjs past 3pm) and my house being.....CLEAN. And having people randomly stop by when this has all occurred. That's the big part of the fantasy. The whole timing of the people randomly stopping by part.
I was NOT a clean child growing up. My favorite part about sharing a room with my 5-years-younger brother (when we were little) was that I
could blame messes on him and usually sucker him into cleaning it up got to spend lots of quality time with him. (ehm)
But seriously. It. was. bad. I had multiple black garbage bags of STUFF stuffed in the back of my closet. You know when you start to clean something and then decide to deep clean and get super organized and then what was previously pretty clean to begin with becomes this ginormous mess and it's totally intimidating/depressing because you were just trying to clean??
yeah. Hate that. So.... I would take all that junk that didn't have an easy-to-put-away spot and shove it in a garbage bag in my closet. (eh, hi mom!)
*Please note: I never had old food/rotting stuff/gross things lying about. And i could usually walk fine in my room. Unlike my friend who had a COUCH in her room and couldn't remember where it was(!) and when I went over to force her to let me help her clean her room we found various food items and packages...
(hehe MT! :P)
In that regard, at least, I have changed. A. lot. I can be a little OCD about cleaning. well. maybe not really. but I'd like to be OCD about cleaning...
I'm definitely much, much, MUCH cleaner now than I was as a teen.
Anyways. While my house is moooosssst definitely not always (or even frequently) cleaned- it generally is CLEAN. It may be strewn with childrens' clothing articles, toys, and the occasional diaper ripped off by our trying-to-potty-train 2 yr old...but! underneath that stuff...it's clean. :)
I know I have odd cleaning 'issues'. Don't we all? My friend gets the heebies from dirty microwaves. I get the heebies from dirty bathroom baseboards. Seriously. That grosses me out major. ehk. I'd like to keep the walls clean, remember to actually wash sheets, wipe the outsides of our black kitchen appliances (side note: I will NEVER EVER EVER go with black kitchen appliances again. EH.VER.)
But how the heck am I supposed to remember these things?!?
Well! I found something (and by 'found' I mean 'created') that works. For me.
I print this beauty out each month- and then it helps me keep track of what I've done when and making sure I get it all done.
(at least that's the theory..)