I think I have finally become a desperate housewife.
When I originally became a SAHM, I had all these grand plans on getting organized for the first ever. We’ve been in our house almost 6 years and there are still boxes packed from 2 moves ago. Now that I have had more time than ever (this is the first time I have not had a job or 2 and/or been in school in nearly 20 years), I had hoped to clean and organize and have the home I’ve dreamed of living in.
5 months later…
Everything is still chaos, if not more so. I have never been the best housekeeper. I won’t lie and pretend otherwise. But now I’m so damn frustrated with the mess and disorganization that it’s time to force myself into a role I have never felt comfortable. Taking inspiration from Small Notebook, I have created a cleaning routine.
Kitchen clean-up: Wash dishes/wipe counters/sweep floor
General pick-up of downstairs
Monday: Laundry (1 load – whites), downstairs bath, litter box
Tuesday: Laundry (1 load – colors), upstairs bath
Wednesday: Laundry (1 load – darks), vacuum upstairs and stairway
Thursday: Menu plan and grocery list, monthly/seasonal job
Friday: Bedroom clean-up, grocery shop
Clean out car
Clean out fridge
Dust/wipe down walls/wash windows
Donate – go through closets and toys for items to donate
My hope is that this plan will help me feel less overwhelmed with the workload around the house and finally get me to the goal of feeling more organized at home. And really, what’s an hour a day? I’ve waste tons of time on things that don’t make me feel good so why not dedicate time to something that will help my mood. Once the house feels more clean and organized, I can then focus on simplifying.
I’m off to menu plan and create a grocery list then clean out my car!