Cleaning for me is a lot about doing the little things all the time that make the big jobs easier. That’s what my quick cleaning tips series is all about. Some tips are obvious, but when these habits lapse, household tasks get more difficult and so are more likely to be put off for another day. Here’s today’s tip:
Today’s tip is actually a challenge. TURN OFF the cleaning part of your brain once you’ve finished your cleaning tasks.
What does that mean? When I’ve finished a cleaning task, all I can see are things I didn’t do perfectly. Today, for instance, I vacuumed and mopped the floors. I’m sitting at my computer and can see a little piece of grass near the pram and the remnants of a sticky spot near the high chair. I feel disheartened and wonder why I bother. Or I spend the next hour or so with the dustpan and cloth cleaning up minuscule details, and curse how long it takes me to clean.
Now, I’m telling myself to stop the criticism and look at what I’ve achieved – the kitchen floor hasn’t looked this clean in weeks (I’m still blaming being pregnant for my general slackness), there are no signs of crumbs on the rug, and no clutter on the floor. What an achievement!
So when you’ve finished your cleaning tasks for the day, focus on what you’ve achieved and don’t focus on what still needs to be done. Relax and enjoy your mostly clean house!
So much of cleaning is psychological! Do you get disheartened when you haven’t done a perfect job? Let me know in the comments.