Monday, July 7, 2008
I hate cleaning!
And in the beginning of motherhood, even though I had an infant who really didn't enjoy being put down, I managed to keep the house reasonably clean and cook dinner most nights. I had a little schedule I kept to on what rooms/chores to tackle each day. Well, in the last several months I have ditched that schedule and have a more "relaxed" housekeeping regimen. I still cook dinner most week nights, maybe we do take-out one night. And that only really gets done because I have been meal planning (well, I've kind of ditched that too, but that's another story). But you know what, I'm not cleaning like I used to.
And you know what else? The house isn't ready to be condemned and no one is dying from some flesh-eating bacteria. I have been sticking to the bathroom cleaning regimens, but trust me that probably isn't often enough for some standards (powder room at least once a week and the other two get done when they get done, about once a month). I clean the kitchen and other floors when they are dirty and sweep a few times a week. We only really sleep upstairs, so that gets cleaned monthly. I was hesitant to commit those things to the written (online) word, but I'm not going to be ashamed because I don't meet some imagined standard. The only people who come to my house are the people who live here plus a grandparent or two. And they are blind except for the boy.
And do you know what I blame for my slacker status? This blog and all the other blogs out there. Now I spend naptime reading and writing and thinking, instead of scrubbing and sweeping. Not so bad of a trade off, huh?
Now I wonder what's going to happen when I go back to work. If we can afford it, I hope to hire some cleaning help for once a month. After talking to some friends I have found that its pretty common for families to have a cleaning person come in once a month or every two weeks. Well, common for my circles anyway.
So, do you have a cleaning or slacker confession? Or do you actually like to clean?