Mini-G.I.T. update: Down a pound and a half (YEEHA! Thank you God, I needed that); went back to doing New U sans balance board. Much more stable. I can do several poses PROPERLY since I can actually use a proper STANCE without the board. It doesn’t seem to limit your exercises, but rather than being able to measure it for you, at the end it will ask you how you think you did based on a 6 or 7 point scale from “couldn’t to it at all” to “very well”. It is in your best interest not to lie… But hey, I even did modified crane pose this morning! Crane on! (a la Denise).
And now back to our regularly scheduled post.
The thing about housework is that it makes you feel like Sisyphus. Because as soon as you’re done, the rock falls back down to the bottom of that mountain and you have to freaking start over again. Because laundry is NEVER done. Floors always get dirty again. Dishes keep piling up. Pick a chore. It has to be done EVERY WEEK. There is nothing in the world more exhausting than realizing you have to do it AGAIN. When you JUST did it, didn’t you? Like…last week. If you have kids or pets or spouses…it just gets worse. So much so that you might feel like you spend HALF YOUR WAKING LIFE cleaning. Blah.
You ever hear the saying “A stitch in time saves nine?” This popular (and really friggin old) aphorism is all about prevention and maintenance (at least that’s how I interpret it). If you put things off until the last minute and wait until it’s AWFUL to tackle a chore, then doing it is going to take FOREVER.
THERE IS A BETTER WAY (which you knew already or you wouldn’t be reading this).
See, once you’ve DONE the blitz cleaning or whatever (and we’ve been doing this a LOT lately to keep our house ready to show at any moment), the clean tends to last a lot longer if you make an effort to MAINTAIN and clean up as you GO rather than waiting until the next week to do it again.
But Kait, doesn’t that take just as much time?
Well I can’t say for sure, as I have not actually put a clock to it, but it at least spreads the time out over many days and makes the effort required smaller.
Here’s how I do it. Every single time I get up, for whatever reason–to get a drink, go to the bathroom, turn on the fan, adjust the AC, whatever– or whenever I have a natural break–while waiting for water to boil, on a commercial break, etc.–I do something productive. It doesn’t have to be a huge thing. Loading the dishes from the sink into the dishwasher. Emptying the clean dishes. Wiping down counters. Making the bed. Sorting laundry. Starting a load or switching a load to the dryer. Folding a basketful of laundry. Put something away. Taking out the garbage. There are a hundred small things that are part of that big weekly blitz clean that can be done during these mini-breaks or when I’ve gotten up. It takes 5 or 10 minutes (sometimes less) and it means that my BIG effort (whenever that was) gets maintained a LOT longer.
Example: I am a creature of habit. Every morning I make tea. It takes approximately 8 minutes for my kettle to boil, during which time I wash last night’s dinner dishes, empty or load the dishwasher (whichever needs doing), getting my eggs ready to go into the skillet and the toast ready to go into the toaster oven. Once the water boils, I pour it into my teapot, turn on the stove and the toaster oven, and I cook my breakfast for the 5 minutes it takes for my tea to steep. And I wipe down my counters. Once breakfast and my dark and early session is finished, the plate goes in the dishwasher, I take 30 seconds to scrub up the skillet and voila, I start my day with a clean kitchen. That’s fifteen minutes or so of actual action during a stretch of time I would otherwise just be standing around doing nothing.
My challenge to you this week: Every time you get up or every time you have a commercial break (you DVR lovers like me, actually LET the commercials RUN for this purpose), DO SOMETHING productive. Put something away. Start a load of laundry. Load your dishwasher. Whatever. Do some small thing toward getting or keeping your house CLEAN. Make it a habit and I promise you’ll thank yourself. And if you’re really bold…train all the OTHER members of your family to do the same.