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I am a scheduler by nature. I love routine, and I love knowing what comes next. This is why I came up with a cleaning routine when I became a stay at home (work at home) mom. I even blogged about this routine before and shared how much I loved it.
But, something has changed over the past few months. I found myself straying more and more from the cleaning routine, and more “in touch” with the realization that it is ok if there are some crumbs on the floor at the end of the day. It is okay if Monday passes and the bathrooms have not been cleaned, and if the weekend comes around and the floors still haven’t been mopped.
I found myself worrying LESS about my cleaning routine and MORE about embracing this season of life I am in. What season is that? The season of a work at home mom with THREE kids to homeschool. The season of a mom who is training her children to complete chores, and who is totally okay with the fact that their idea of clean is a little different from mine. The season of a mom who no longer has multiple littles to chase after, and has older ones who can pick up after themselves. The season of a mom who has realized that her oldest is double digits and child hood goes by way to fast to worry about work, a super clean house, and getting my to do list done every day.
With all that being said, I am still not one that is okay with a super dirty house. I do like living in a clean home, and my hubby does too. So, instead of worrying about a daily routine we have found a nice balance. Through the week my kids complete their daily chores each day, and I do too. These include dishes, a few loads of laundry and basic tidying tasks. We also focus on homeschool, grading papers, and I get my freelance work done. I don’t worry about deep cleaning, mopping, or anything else that is not necessary.
Instead, our cleaning is done on Saturdays. We get up, get breakfast, and spend about an hour or so cleaning the house. Together. I am training the girls how to properly care for a home, and the boy is learning to put away laundry. We are spending time together as a family, doing things that need done. Is the house as clean as I would like it? No. Not really. But the memories made are better. I am less stressed through the week adding one more thing to my daily list. When I am stressed with a list a mile long I become grumpy, fatigued and do not take time for the things that really matter.
So, after 8 great years, I am ditching my cleaning routine, and am choosing imperfection. I am choosing to embrace a new season in our life, and to stress less about the mess!
How do you clean your home? Do you have a cleaning routine?
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