So it is that time of year where everyone starts deep cleaning their homes. Getting rid of stuff that is no longer needed. The organization plans are under way and the idea of the perfectly decorated home is in place. It is a magic time of refreshing our space.
This is what we intend to do. The reality of the situation is not so magical. There is the hours of sorting, moving things around, and the cleaning of everything. It seems like a never ending task that will consume are nice days. Who wants to be inside cleaning now that the grass is green and you can go outside for more than 1minute with out being a popsicle.
So here is a nicer way to get it all done. Each night clean for 10 minutes. Set a timer for this 10 minutes. Get going on your one space for that 10 minutes. Say you want to do the kitchen counter. For 10 minutes you concentrate on only that one thing. When the timer goes off it is over. You are done with it for that day. It makes it seem less overwhelming than just setting out to clean a whole house with no real end in sight.
You can adjust the time or times per day but the idea is to make it less over whelming. Have the kids help too. If they have a playroom have them sort old toys from the ones they want to keep. This way the toys won't get out of hand and you won't feel like you are going crazy by not getting it done. Older kids can do other jobs like the bathroom, or laundry area. Have them do the same thing in their room. While you work on a room in the house they can be doing their room too.
Older kids can be a big help. They can do their own clothes for example. So for 10 minutes they go through their closet and decide what they no longer want or what they have grown out of. They can vacuum and dust so once the rest of their room has been organized they can do that as well. It will help them learn the rewards of cleaning but not get overwhelmed with the whole thing.
The whole idea here is to get the house clean and organized with out everyone freaking out or getting so overwhelmed that nothing really gets done. If we get too stressed we will never finish it because we look at it as more of a punishment. Small step make it rewarding. Once you get one done it will make you feel good about the accomplishment and be ready to do more