I have decided I have some form of ADD when it comes to cleaning my house. I do a lot of picking up and cleaning, but it doesn't feel like anything is ever really clean. Here is a realistic example of what I do:
I'm standing in the kitchen doing dishes, but I keep tripping over a random pair of shoes that were left in the kitchen. I carry them back into the bedroom and notice I haven't made the bed yet. So I quickly make the bed and realize the laundry hamper is overflowing. I carry a load out to the garage and toss it in the washing machine. The recyclables are piling up again so I carry them out to the bin. On my way back to the kitchen I step in something sticky and remember Ryan spilled his juice earlier. That reminds me that I haven't mopped in a while. So I pull out the broom to do a quick sweep before I mop. I pass by my wall calendar and remember that I need to reschedule my upcoming dentist appointment. Better make the call now while Lucas is sleeping. The sweeping, mopping, and dishes are put on hold until later.
It's like I can't focus on one thing because I am too distracted by the other messes around me. I do a little here, a little there, and at the end of the day guess how I feel? Like I didn't get anything done.
So I have decided to try something different. I received a planner for Christmas from my Mom. Along with using it for my grocery list and meal planning, I have also started a cleaning schedule. And trust me, it's nothing spectacular or overwhelming. I have simply decided to have one cleaning or organizing task each day. (Apart from the necessary cooking, dishes, and a little laundry). My planner looks like this:
So for example, I cleaned the guest bathroom on Monday. Tomorrow I'm going to organize our medicine cabinet. Nothing has taken me more than 10 minutes, but what a difference it has made! At the end of the day I know exactly what I accomplished, and I didn't spend all day doing it, at the expense of time with my boys. I realize that my entire house is never going to be clean all at the same time. At least not while I have young children. But there is great satisfaction from knowing at least one area is cleaned really well. (Even though it might only stay clean for about two minutes!)
How do you clean your house? Do you use a schedule? Do you have house cleaning ADD like me?