Stress less. Clean more.

Stress is a dirty word. Just typing it makes me want to clean something. I’m one that craves peace and am always in search of it – I may have been a monk in a past life. However in this life I recognize that stress is just something that comes with the territory and I should be using the energy for something productive. Some people work out when stressed; others bake, read or partake in a glass of a nice wine. Me? I clean. I find solace in the peace that only cleaning brings. Bringing order soothes the savage stress beast that tries to take over and steal my mind away from what’s important. Because we can’t have that now can we kiddies?

My most recent skirmish with stress left me feeling the need to create a weekly cleaning schedule. My stress didn’t exactly stem from cleanliness issues, I don’t think… of course I can’t remember now… I digress, back to making a cleaning schedule. Yay! I sat down, laptop on lap (as it should be) and here’s what I came up with:

• Monday – Friday: 10-minute (max) clean sweeps* in each room**; deeper cleans*** occur on the weekends
• Saturday – Laundry, including towels, Deeper cleaning of rooms
• Sunday – Laundry, including sheets, Iron clothes for the week

* Clean sweeps are short periods of time where you focus on tidying up a specific area.
** Rooms include kitchen, den, dining room, living room, bathroom, bedrooms
** Deeper cleans include mopping, dusting and vacuuming

The goal is to just try to do something everyday to keep the stress (and dust bunnies) at bay. While I know this schedule won’t always go as smoothly as I’d like, I’m ok with having something to work towards. Gotta keep moving forward, right? I hope that it will become routine and I’ll be able to move on to developing a monthly schedule of other fun stuff like window washing or batch cooking and freezing meals. Oh, joy! I definitely think I’ll be too busy to be stressed, don’t you think? One can only hope. By the way, when I say “I” I mean WE (A.K.A. my family). We’re a team, so everyone will be pitching in. OR ELSE! Just kidding… kinda. (wink)

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