This post is an excerpt from my eBook, Clean Enough.
I believe the reason many us often become overwhelmed in the area of home management is we adopt a standard of “clean” that is not our own. We look at the picture-perfect photos in magazines and believe that our house must be the same. This is an easy mistake to make because we all would love for our home to be that neat. But, it’s not reality.
Before you attempt to put together an elaborate cleaning schedule or dive into decluttering that closet you are afraid to open, take a moment to determine what a clean house should look like for you and your family.
3 Steps to Realistic Cleaning Standards
1. Consider Your Situation
Your unique situation will have a big impact on how much time and energy you want to invest in cleaning your home. Your cleaning standards will (and should) change with each season of life. Embracing this truth will help you become a less stressed homemaker.
2. Include Your Family
Everyone has a different definition of what clean is. If you are married or have children, this shouldn’t come as a surprise to you. While you may not even notice a few toys scattered around the living room, this may be an enormous annoyance to someone else. I highly suggest including your family (or at the very least your husband) in this, especially if you plan on them helping you with the housework!
3. Determine what you consider clean
Write down cleaning standards for each room/area of your house. For example:
-Floor free of crumbs
-Dishes washed or in dishwasher
-Clean and cleared counters
-Shiny sink before bedtime
Remember to keep your standards realistic and manageable for your situation. For example, smudge-free windows might be impossible if you have little ones that enjoy watching the birds outside.
Once you have defined “clean enough” for your home you will be able to easily determine what tasks need done each day. Some cleaning standards will require daily upkeep, while others will need less attention.
The purpose of using cleaning standards is to avoid cleaning for the sake of cleaning. If it’s not dirty, don’t clean it!
What are some of your cleaning standards? Share in a comment!