Following first-trimester general fatigue and the never-ending second trimester cold (ok, I’m over it now!), I’m heading into the third trimester “I feel like a blimp and it’s too much effort to move” phase. Surprise, surprise, cleaning hasn’t been a big feature in my life recently, and I doubt it’s going to change for quite a while (except for the whole nesting urge – must clean out fridge…).
I’m still trying to maintain some type of routine though – I do get annoyed at an always messy house. My plan is to do 1 hour of household chores each weekday. That’s it – the entire plan. What chores do I do when? Whatever is annoying me the most. That means I’m sweeping and vacuuming the downstairs living areas fairly regularly, cleaning the bathrooms occassionally, and dusting upstairs when the sneezing gets out of control. My chores list includes grocery shopping, paying bills, updating the budget so trust me, I’m not spending an hour every day scrubbing and sweeping. I’m also still trying keep up the little habits that prevent things from getting out of control, such as cleaning up spills when they happen etc.
It’s not a perfect system, but I feel like I’m at least treading water and am giving myself time to do some of the things I enjoy (blogging, sewing, learning to use my new camera etc) without feeling guilty.
Do you have any tips for surviving “bad patches” when cleaning routines just don’t work out? Let me know in the comments!