making a cleaning schedule

We all have moments in life that we wish we could “do over”.  I could have you rolling on the floor laughing about the time last summer when I was so engrossed in the dollar section at Target that I chose to ignore the fact that I needed to go the restroom. I put it off so long that I “messed” my pants! But, that’s too embarrassing to relive.

We could giggle about the time I absent-mindedly told one of my Pre-K students that his drawing was ugly, but I don’t want you to think I was a bad teacher.

Or I could share with you how I make goals every summer to spend lots of time chillin’ poolside, but never do, but that makes me feel like I missed out.

Instead, I’ll tell you about, how when my daughter was a preschooler, I spent too much time keeping a perfectly clean house. So much so, that in order for her to spend time with me, she’d follow me around and helped me clean.

So, now when I see pictures of my baby girl, my heart hurts a bit. Seeing those younger pictures of her makes me wish I’d turned off the dust buster, put down the broom and sat on the floor and played with my baby. At the time, I had this cute little saying that I bought at a garage sale hanging in my house. It read:

The cleaning and scrubbing will wait till tomorrow,
For children grow up, as I’ve learned to my sorrow.
So quiet down, cobwebs. Dust go to sleep.
I’m rocking my baby and babies don’t keep.”

What a great, gentle reminder of what is important. So, to all of my friends who are mothers of young children, I want to encourage you to enjoy those babies while they are little. I know you worry about keeping a clean house, cooking every night and having a beautifully decorated home, but all those things can wait.

I recommend creating a 15 minute routine for both morning and evening that will make cleaning a little more manageable.

When you wake up in the morning:

1. Swish the toilet

2. Wipe down bathroom counters

3.  Run the dishwasher

4.  Throw in one load of laundry

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In the evenings:

1. Have everyone put their belongings away; even the little ones can help put their toys in bins or baskets.

2. Empty the sink/ load the dishwasher

3. Put unsorted mail in a file and choose one day a week to go through the mail.

4.  Clear counters and surfaces.

I hope these tips help those cobwebs to quiet down and the dust to go to sleep, ’cause those babies really don’t keep.  Mine is thirteen- years- old now.

And as you can tell from seeing her bathroom yesterday, she’s not still goin’ around “cleaning like momma.” ;)

I was compensated for this post as a member of Clever Girls Collective. All the opinions expressed here are my own.

Until next time,

Sharon

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After 17 years in an elementary classroom, Mrs. Hines retired from teaching to pursue her passions: decorating, writing and homemaking. While her formal education is in teaching, she discovered her talent for design at a young age and is a self-taught decorator. Mrs. Hines' DIY spirit has earned her appearances on the show Deals which airs on the Live Well Network. She continues to teach and inspire on her popular Lifestyle blog, Mrs. Hines' Class. Homemaking is Mrs. Hines' first love. So, when she isn't decorating or writing, you can find her at home watching television with Mr. Hines or trying to keep up with her teenaged daughter.

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Comments

  1. Andrea Smuth says:

    I always told you you should be a writer! Love your column!

  2. Hey!! Thank you for the encouragement. I love having this blog. It combines my interests and talents into one. BTW, I hear congratulations are in order!!!

  3. This is so sweet Sharon. Thanks for sharing this moment!

  4. Thank you, Carla. It was really touching for me to go down memory lane and pull out that baby picture of my daughter. I enjoyed sharing.

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