What Should Be on Your Chores List?
Scrolling through Pinterest this evening, I happened to come across a pin with suggestions on how to keep a clean home (see below). Being a married mother of two, who also happens to work full time, I’m always on the lookout for tips and tricks to achieve that effortlessly clean and tidy look (obviously something I’ve yet to perfect!), but I have to confess, there were one or two surprises on the list:
For instance, I can’t say, hand on heart, that I manage to clean inside all appliances, all cabinetry and clean all doors and windows on a monthly basis!
Having said that, I do think it’s a handy rough and ready reminder to make better use of my morning and evenings through the week so that I don’t spend my entire 2-day weekend trying to get through all the washing, ironing and putting away of clothes. It hasn’t escaped my notice however that the owner of this list must have an ironing fairy in her home as that is by far my most time-consuming weekly task but it doesn’t make her list at all! I’ve assumed “put up clothes” means simply put away.
I’m also rather fond of the “cleaning as you go” idea – and one I’m currently working on with our youngest child, with mixed results depending on mood!
Honestly though, as long as the house on a whole is clean and reasonably tidy through the work week and gets a good all over blasting each weekend, then life’s too short really isn’t it? When my 18-year old was born, her paternal grandmother bought me a book “Motherhood” that was a collection of poems, thoughts and sayings pertaining to what it meant to be a mum. It remains one of my favourite ever gifts and a book I still pull out from time to time. Within it is my all time favourite poem, penned by an unknown author, about being a mum as it really hits home for me what it means to be a mum and just how quickly the time passes:
"Cooking and cleaning can wait 'til tomorrow,
for babies grow up we learn to our sorrow,
so blow away cobwebs, dust go to sleep,
I'm rocking my baby and babies don't keep".
What do you make of the list – any surprises or anything missing? Let me know.