Okay, so I may not keep my home perfectly spotless and I can’t always get to cleaning when days don’t go as planned, but most days I clean the house every night. Sometimes this just means washing the dishes, wiping the counters, sweeping the floors, and putting away a few toys, but I still straighten up every night. Why do I do this? Well, there are a few reasons.
If I clean up now, it won’t have a chance to build up.
One of the huge issues I’ve had in the past is keeping up with housework. For one reason or another I would put it off if I could, but this caused the dishes and laundry to pile up, the counters to be too messy to cook on, the floors to be messy from my baby (and sometimes attract sugar ants…yuck)…the list goes on. All it ever did was add more stress and less of an incentive to clean up.
Some days, things will still pile up really quickly, which is why I not only clean up ever night, but also try to clean up messes and dishes as soon as possible. Sure, this means that I am cleaning sometimes four or more times a day, but clean up time is so much quicker and less taxing this way, plus, you can enlist the help of your children after meals. Whatever you do not get done during the day, as family time comes first, you can do it quickly after the kids are in bed.
It saves me time.
Honestly, it may be a lot to clean up this many days or clean the house late at night, but it saves time in the long run. Having only a small amount of chores to complete will take much less time than a lot once a week. You may think that it’s the same amount of a chore, so how would doing it daily take any less time…well, the answer is simple. The more tasks you have to complete, the more quickly your body will become exhausted. Tasks that should be quick will drag out, you’ll want to take breaks, and now you’ve taken a whole chunk of the day that could have been family time and converted it into cleaning time.
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It starts your day off right.
If I wake up to a dirty home, it really can set the tone for the day. The mess immediately drains your energy and adds stress because you know you have so much to take care of. You can even be forced to eat out because you do not have enough clean dishes or counter space to prepare a meal at home and you’re too tired to clean up before meal prep. Living in a messy home can also be a cause of depression; it makes you feel like you are drowning and cannot catch a breath. A clean home every morning could be an improvement to your mental health. I know it has been for me!
The house is ready for visitors.
Having friends and family over to our house is really something that I enjoy. When my home is dirty, however, I do not feel comfortable having guests and am always embarrassed if someone wishes to visit or just drops by and my home is not up to par. Now, a clean home really should not be important; if they are truly your friends they will not care, but it can help you to enjoy your time with them much more and encourage you to open up your home to others more often.
A clean home is rewarding.
When my home is clean, I have this overwhelming sense of accomplishment. It may not be the most important thing in the world, but when I manage to keep my house clean I feel like I am doing something right. Cleaning up the leftover mess of the day once the kids are in bed does not take that long and gives me peace and better sleep at night. I can enjoy the rest of the night after an overall successful day and job well done. This can even change my attitude of how the day went overall, especially if I feel I did not accomplish anything that day.
It makes it easy to keep up with housework.
I mentioned earlier about things piling up when your home is not cleaned frequently. I always thought that it was impossible to keep a tidy home with little ones, but I was wrong. Sure, my home may still get messy and often is shortly into the day, strewn with toys and lunch, but I do not feel like it is too much anymore. Every night, I know that I can get my house neat again for the next day and the next day and the next day. I have finally found a successful, less stressful routine that I can keep up with daily.
Of course, having a clean home is not the be all and end all. It really says nothing about what type of parent you are. Let’s be honest. Having a clean home with children in it is pretty hard to do and some days you just don’t have it in you. Trust me, I understand having a messy house. I understand not being able to keep up. This is why I wanted to share why I try to clean my house every night, even when I don’t feel like it.
Do you dread housework? Here’s another tip that makes it more enjoyable for me–“Whistle while you work.” I’m serious. When everything is quiet as I clean, I find myself getting bored and frustrated at the chores. Singing as I work gives me a fresh attitude and can make things fun. You can even add a little dancing in there. Don’t like to sing? Turn on some music (quietly, of course, so you don’t wake the kids.)
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