Be An Adult Week Outcome

Okay, Be An Adult Week has come and gone and I think it went very well. There are always items still left on the to-do list but the fact that I crossed off several that were months or more overdue, it feels worth it.

This week I:

  • Cleaned out our car
  • Did some extra laundry like blankets from around the house and coats, etc
  • Took down Halloween decorations
  • Put up Thanksgiving decorations
  • Scrubbed/sprayed down some items to protect from mildew
  • Sorted boys clothes to items that just fit now and are seasonally appropriate
  • Scraped wax from candles off tabletop/counters where we have lit candles recently
  • Emptied our old expired fire extinguishers (that was fun!)
  • Bought new fire extinguishers
  • Hand sewed some items back together
  • Got the car’s oil changed
  • Scheduled dentist and other medical appointments
  • Printed and mailed some recent photos to the grandmothers
  • AND this is a BIG one…finally sent my wedding dress in for cleaning THREE YEARS later. Goodness, I am good at procrastinating.

And along with procrastinating no more…since we started our diet/fitness programs we have lost over 85 pounds total that we procrastinated on losing too long already.

We're even smaller than we were on our wedding day!

We’re even smaller than we were on our wedding day!

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Day 31: We’ve Made It!

I’d love to tell you that after 31 days of 20 minutes of cleaning each day that our home is perfect and never needs to be cleaned, tidied, or scrubbed again. I’m sure you’d love to say the same about your home too, right?

But instead, let’s go back to my original goals of what I hoped to accomplish over this month from Day Two

1. I hope the house is cleaner.

2. I hope I start to work out a weekly cleaning schedule and maybe begin working on a monthly one too. I know there are tons and tons of cleaning schedules on <a href=http://www.pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=cleaning%20schedule&term_meta%5B%5D=cleaning%7Ctyped&term_meta%5B%5D=schedule%7Ctyped>Pinterest</a>. But I haven’t gotten one to work for me, which is largely lack of motivation…which leads me to…

3. More motivation to clean because it blesses me and it blesses my family and home.

4. I learn how to make my life easier as time goes on like always clearing the table after meals so the dishes are all in the sink when I am ready to run the dishwasher. Or carrying things that belong upstairs actually up the stairs with me when I go up and vice-versa with the downstairs items.

So, my house is cleaner and much easier to clean day by day. Though I haven’t typed out a weekly cleaning schedule I have certainly learned some things that would make creating one easier. I have learned that we need to do a home reset at least once a week.  I have learned that scheduling time for finishing projects is important and prevents me from leaving things hanging permanently. I have learned how much we enjoy clean curtains, fluffy towels, and other cleaning projects that should happen a few times a year (spring and fall cleaning maybe?).

I have learned that 20 minutes a day can really make a difference in the upkeep of our home. This is motivating and also encourages me to use naptime wisely and get at least 20 minutes in if possible even if I nap the rest of the time myself. I’ve also learned that taking a day off or splitting up my cleaning time as needed is totally fine and even healthy. And not procrastinating two-minute tasks is a huge help and win!

I think we are four for four with goals and I hope to keep working on hammering down a cleaning schedule over the next month.

Today in 20 minutes my toddler and I:

  • Vacuumed all the downstairs floors
  • And swiffered everything!

Woo hoo, we’re done with the 31 Days of Being Your Own Maid adventure and so many cleaning projects were tackled! Many items were donated to our local Buy Nothing group. Several bags of trash were collected from around the house and thrown away. Our cleaning supplies were assessed, organized, USEd, and then moved away from the reach of curious toddlers. And right now I can tell you that all of our bathrooms look great (yes, all three), our downstairs is a five-minute pickup from guest ready, our counters are usable (though not empty currently), our stairs are vacuumed, and we have more guests coming tomorrow! It is so wonderful and worthwhile to know that I don’t need to panic for a whole week before guests come now. The nursery needs another 20 minutes and our bedroom is a focus for me for the next few weeks with the Style Cure but we are getting there!

Thank you for following me on the Be Your Own Maid series. I hope you tackled a few deep cleaning projects and feel more satisfied in your home!

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Find the whole 31 Day Be Your Own Maid series here.