I type “How to clean a gas stove top” into my Google search bar, and answers abound. I click on a link, read through the comments, and stop, consumed by an irrational jealous rage. “I just wipe off my stove top right away.” “I scrub mine every night before bed, and it never gets dirty.” And I want to punch something. If only I was half the Mrs. Clean that these women are. How do they do it? I’ll never know. Lucky for me, plenty of people out there have found solutions to the stove top issue.
I don’t enjoy cleaning (who does?), and cleaning with kids in the house is like bailing water out of a sinking ship. I can’t keep up. The problem is part toddlers, part motivation, and part energy issues*. So as much as I love having a neat and tidy home, I rarely get to keep it neat and tidy for long.
That’s not to say we live in a hovel. Overall, I keep our home clean, but not always tidy. Our living room is a playroom and my boys are home most of the day, so the toys are everywhere.
I am moderately organized. I know where everything in our house is except maybe some of our electronics and tools because Damian is handles them. I don’t throw the toys into a toy box and call it a day. I keep similar items together and such. The trains are separated from the cars, the stuffed animals are separated from the little plastic figurines, and the books are separated from the puzzles. The puzzle pieces are a jumble in their drawer because one day mommy got sick and tired of putting kid puzzles together.
I call it an organized mess. It is our home, and we love it just the way it is, especially after I shampoo all this (%*#$) carpet.
So, instead of driving myself insane trying to keep everything clean and neat while maintaining a positive attitude and loving my children, I focus on what is most important to me. I stress to me because above all the priorities we have must be personal. Who wants to live by someone else’s standards? Once the most important cleaning jobs are finished, I fit in the rest as best I can. It is still plenty of work, which helps me be thankful that I live in a smallish space.
My Cleaning Priorities:
I’d love to hear how you all do it! How do you prioritize your cleaning? What is most important to you? Please don’t tell me I’m the only one who can’t keep up with it all.
A blog post on how to create cleaning priorities is coming soon!!
*For those interested, I struggle with energy levels, joint pain, and headaches due to lingering symptoms from Lyme Disease which I've had twice.
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