I cleaned the bathroom because it was resembling a gas station bathroom, did laundry because we were running out of clothes and who washes the windows or cleans the blinds (not this mom!)
I was in constant crisis management mode when it came to cleaning house and I HATED every minute of it.
I entered into being a work from home mom using the same cleaning techniques that I used when I worked outside the home for 18 years. We had a blast, don't get me wrong, but I was feeling like I was not fulfilling my role of being home. I dreamed of taking care of our home and loving every minute of it, I just didn't know what to do to get there and had many years of practice the other direction.
So...I did what any other blog addict does, I cruised blogger and got me some ideas! I came up with a cleaning schedule...who would of thunk it, clean the bathrooms because it is Monday instead of when they resemble the corner gas station!
I also searched into my heart to figure out what would help me want to clean and LOVE it. First of all, I figured out I needed it to be easy and not give me an asthma attack. First thing I did was to remove toxic cleaners from my house. That was a big ah ha moment to understand why I was so exhausted after cleaning. It's amazing what bleach and ammonia can do to the old lungs. I found products that did a great job, didn't waste resources and cost less than other green cleaners on the market. SCORE!
The next thing I needed to do was to make it easy to grab my cleaning supplies so when I have 10 minutes it wasn't a big production to get it all gathered up.
My Organizing Utility Tote has every thing I need, to clean anywhere in the house. When I find a few minutes between running errands, folding a load of laundry or hanging out with my kiddos I can grab my tote and get a little something done. It is always loaded with micro fiber cleaning clothes, an assortment of scrub brushes, gloves (absolutely not necessary with the cleaning products I use unless I'm avoiding a chipped nail), and all of my non toxic cleaning products - I can clean my entire house from top to bottom with this little tote!
Last week it hit me, I have learned to LOVE to clean. I can clean anytime I find a few minutes and I find a few of those every day. My house stays cleaner all the time, we are no longer a crisis management crew, except when the kids decide to carry everything they own to the living room. And I have clean blinds and windows!