How many chores are on your cleaning list?
Probably more than you would like. And you have to do them over and over and over again. Unfortunately, most cleaning chores are a fool’s errand. As soon as you get the kitchen all sparkly, it’s time to make dinner.
What if there was just one thing you could do that would instantly make your house look and feel cleaner? Even if you skipped all the other chores on your list.
Okay, let’s talk about something else you are used to doing with minimal effort for maximum results.
Your morning routine.
Most mornings I am sure you rise before the sun and take a gloriously long and leisurely time getting yourself all dolled up to drop the kids off at school.
Oh, wait…no mama has time for that.
It’s more like doing whatever you can to look presentable as you scramble to get them to the bus stop.
So, what do you do when you only have 5 minutes to get yourself ready in the morning? Either because you are a chronic over-sleeper or you have needy children that you put before yourself.
The answer just popped in your head, didn’t it?
Because it has happened to you a lot and you already know what you would do. You know what makes the biggest impact. You know what makes you feel or look your best. And you prioritize doing that when you only have 5 minutes to get ready.
We have all dealt with the “oh crap, I only have 5 minutes to get ready” problem. And after handling it a few times, you know what to do. You have a plan.
For me, it’s a quick shower. I’d rather leave the house with wet hair than dirty hair any day. That’s just me. For you, it might be throwing your hair in a messy bun and slapping on some mascara. We all have our thing, the one thing we would do if it was the only thing we had time to do.
Now, back to the chores.
We have all had the “oh crap so-and-so wants to stop by” moments and thought our house was a disaster.
But we don’t have a quick fix.
Instead we try to stall, make excuses, or ask them to come by another time. Last resort, we greet them on the porch for a quick chat.
And with all of those we make apologies. Sorry my house is a wreck. Sorry it’s been a long week and everything is a mess. Sorry we just had company and we are still trying to get back on track. Blah, blah, blah…
But what if you had a quick fix? One chore that would make your home good enough at the drop of a hat.
Have you given it any thought?
If you only had 15-minutes warning before someone dropped by your house, and they are coming no matter what excuses and apologies you make, what would you do?
Your answer will be different from mine, but we all have one thing.
There is one chore on your list that takes less than 20% of your cleaning time and makes 80% of the impact (gotta love the Pareto Principle). One chore that makes your house feel and look cleaner to you. One chore that when it isn’t done makes you the most embarrassed to have company in your home.
For me, it’s vacuuming. There is nothing else I can do in 15-minutes that makes my home look cleaner. With a border collie whose mission in life is to fur bomb my entire house, vacuuming makes everything better. With probably 2,000 sq ft of carpet, it is one of the biggest surface areas in our home. When it is covered in fur, our entire house feels dirty. When it is freshly vacuumed, every single room feels sparkly and clean…even if I skip the dusting, window washing, and making the beds.
So, what is your one thing? What is the one chore on your list that makes your house feel the cleanest?
Putting the toys away. Cleaning the kitchen counters. Scrubbing toilets.
Now that you know it, when you have a bad day or week or someone is coming by on short-notice, be gentle with yourself. Give yourself permission to just do that one chore and let the rest go. It’s okay to slack every once and a while. Just do the one chore that makes the greatest impact and call it good.
Another thing you should consider is where does your one chore fall on your priority list?
I don’t vacuum nearly enough. But I do dishes and toy corralling too often. Vacuuming is getting a new status…it makes my home feel the best…I should do it first and more often. (Plus, the carpet stays cleaner longer than the dishes stay clean and the toys stay put away.)
What is your one chore?