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Housekeeping

 

O ne of my most common worries as a young wife was that someone would come by our house unannounced. Why? Because I had no idea how to keep our house clean. If someone was going to come over, I wanted at least enough warning to throw all our laundry in the bathtub and our dirty dishes in our car trunk.

Yes, I did that on occasion.

There. I said it. No, that was not an April Fool’s Joke.

Gulp.

I definitely had times where I lived with C.H.A.O.S.
{as Fly lady would say, Can’t Have Anyone Over Syndrome}.

Was I a hoarder? No.

Was my house completely out of control? No.

Would the health department have condemned us? No.

But, our house did get pretty messy sometimes.

I  didn’t know about daily routines or keeping my house clean enough.

My two most difficult to manage cleaning challenges were probably similar to what we all face:

1) the dishes
2) our laundry.

Back then, we’d work or go to school all day, come home, fix dinner and then sit down late at night in front of our video recording of Days of Our Lives (um, ok, don’t judge. There weren’t that many options for good TV back in the day, right?).

Somehow, I missed the memo about my mom not being there after I was married to clean up the kitchen for me any more. Doh, I don’t know what I was thinking.

The next day when we headed off to work, the dinner dishes were still there on the counter. Annnnd, our laundry was piling up in the bathroom. I may or may not have been saving it for Saturday.

By Saturday, we were in C.H.A.O.S. Laundry piled high, dishes still waiting to go in the dishwasher (gah, we had a dishwasher and it didn’t occur to me to load it every night? I may not have had a fancy new dishwasher like I have now, but I HAD a dishwasher!). Saving my daily chores until Saturday was not working for me at all.

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Thankfully I found Fly Lady and became a believer in daily house cleaning routines. When I finally started cleaning our hot spots like the kitchen DAILY instead of weekly, or doing our laundry every day or two instead of weekly … life was different. At first it felt like cleaning every day took a lot of time, until it became a regular part of our daily routine. Then it was second nature.

Suddenly we could have company at shorter notice, our housekeeping had a rhythm we could manage. And people could come over on short notice.

Do I still like people to call before they come over?
Yes. I do like some warning.

Is my house perfect?
No. Never.

Houses are for living!

Remember THIS scene in my family room turned playground?

And how could I forget THIS crazy but typical week in my life?

Time for a little CHAOS confession here.

Do you ever hide your dirty dishes when guests are on their way?

Don’t worry, we won’t laugh too hard. Confession is good for the soul.

PS. The above photo is my kitchen last summer, before my microwave handle broke off, the whole microwave stopped working and the freezer started making a mysterious clanging sound. Ha, so don’t be jealous of my new dishwasher. My other appliances might look pretty enough in the pictures, but they are dying before my eyes.

This post is part of a series sponsored by Electrolux as part of Homebuzz. I received an Electrolux appliance in exchange for my participation. The opinions stated in this post are my own. My old dishwasher is being donated to a worthy cause.

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