Making a Clean Sweep

I have a confession to make. I am a terrible housekeeper. It’s not that I don’t know how to clean, or how to keep my house clean. I even did the Fly Lady system for a while. I just can’t be bothered.

I hate cleaning my houseBefore you freak out, I don’t live in a pig sty. There’s no garbage laying around. Well, not much. I DO have three young boys! There’s some dirt (again, 3 boys), and clutter. I’ll admit to clutter.

Honestly, though, I can usually think of at least half a dozen (or half a million) things I would rather be doing than cleaning the house. To give myself a little credit, when I do clean, I do a thorough job.

Maybe that’s part of why I don’t want to get started. It’s kind of like the children’s book, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.

If I clean the counters, I’m going to want to clean the cupboards.
If I clean the cupboards, I’m going to want to sweep the kitchen floor.
If I sweep the kitchen floor, I’m going to want to sweep the rest of the house.
And then I’ll want to mop. The whole house.

It’s a good example of how a small shift in energy can lead to major changes. Last night (when I’m writing this, not when you are reading it) I brought some boxes and packing paper to a friend who is moving. Today, I looked at the space where the boxes had been, and decided to shift a couple of things around. When I moved the filing cabinet, I saw I needed to sweep and mop where it had been. And of course, once I cleaned that spot, it was very clear how dirty the rest of the floor was!

I didn’t go all out and clean the whole kitchen today, just the floors of the main living spaces. And I do like having clean floors to walk around on. Moving the boxes on to my girlfriend opened up the space energetically for me to do some other cleaning.

I’m looking forward to seeing what else opens up in my life now that some of that stuck energy has moved on. I don’t know how soon I’ll be cleaning house again, though!




3 Responses

  1. Yes, this. I did an accounting today with people I live with and it turns out I am doing much closer to my share of the contribution of work than I had credited myself with. In addition, I also requested some guidance to improve my current cleaning skill-set … and everyone is happier.
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  2. I’m the same way. Which is why my house is always a mess – I don’t want to get started on something, because I’ll never quit!

    Mind you, I’m trying to train myself to clean up as I go along now that I’ve moved. Being almost fanatic about keeping my new place clean, to be honest. Or I was. That’s sort of dropped off as I’ve had more and more things to do outside the house. Trying to get back on the cleanliness horse. But I just want to sleep and play the Sims.

    Being an adult is difficult. 😉
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  3. Difficult indeed. Sometimes I think I’m just pretending to be an adult. 🙂