Before we became parents, my husband and I were sure we would never be the type to overschedule our kids.
“Let them pick just one activity,” we said. “They’ll thank us in the long run.” And we patted ourselves on the back for being such superior imaginary parents and slept the sleep of self-satisfied childless adults.
Then we actually had children …
Who actually went to school …
And who actually brought home flyer after flyer for things like band, cheerleading workshops and knitting clubs. They even brought home flyers for things we had never heard of. (Can someone please tell me what capoeira is?)
Not a week went by that a stack of sign up sheets didn’t pile up on our counter – all clubs and leagues they just absolutely HAD TO join.
Once bedtime hit, I would stuff these flyers as far down into the recycling bin as they would go – the whole time looking anxiously over my shoulder in fear one of them would hear the rustle of papers and come into the kitchen, crying, “Mommy, why are you throwing away my dreams?”
But … out of sight, out of mind, right?
Wrong. They rarely forgot. And it got hard saying “no” to everything. The guilt and fear they would one day end up in therapy because we denied them their life-long ambition of being a synchronized swimming star became too much.
So, we said “yes” to as much as we could handle, and now here we are, deep into May, with a schedule full of end-of-the-year recitals, concerts, 5ks, bead ceremonies, and showcases. The kids are happy and – surprisingly – don’t seem to mind the schedule. It’s my husband and I who are exhausted.
And our house is showing the strain, too. I dare you to stop by unannounced on a random Tuesday afternoon and not judge me.
In an act of self-preservation, I’ve given up on the idea that the whole house needs to be cleaned all at once every week. Instead I pick one or two chores to do each day and try to find 10 minutes to squeeze them in. Anyone remember Loonette the Clown from “Big Comfy Couch” and her “10-Second Tidy?” It’s kind of the grown up version of that.
But I’ve discovered a trick – something I do every day that makes my house feel a lot cleaner than it is. Clean the bathroom.
Why? Because bathrooms have a tendency to get grody pretty quickly. And if your bathroom is clean, your whole house feels a little cleaner by default.
Here’s what I do:
After I’m done showering, but before I get out, I grab my Norwex Bathroom Scrub Mitt and wipe down the shower walls while they are still wet. (I don’t even do this every day. Just every couple of days or so).
After I get out of the shower, I wipe the steam off my mirrors with my Window Cloth. Not only does it get the steam off, but it cleans my mirror at the same time. Bye, bye toothpaste spots.
Then I rinse my Bathroom Scrub Mitt (or wet it down if I didn’t wipe down the shower) and do a quick wipe of the vanity and sink.
At the end of the week, I put some toilet bowl cleaner in the bowl while I’m in the shower, then after I’ve wiped down the shower and vanity, I clean the bowl with the Ergonomic Toilet Brush and wipe down the toilet with the Bathroom Scrub Mitt.
Then I wash everything with my other microfiber.
My bathroom is clean before I even leave to take my daughter to school. And, if its a hectic day and nothing else gets done, I feel okay with it because, hey, at least my bathroom is clean.
What about you? What quick cleaning tips do you have to get you through those crazy, busy weeks?