Conquering Housework, One Landmass at a Time

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Conquering Housework, One Landmass at a Time

Life is a balancing act. For a mother, whether working in the home, out of the home, or as a keeper at home, that balance can easily become overwhelming. What do you do when the mountain of laundry becomes too high or the chasm of dishes too deep? How do you best serve your family under such extreme conditions? As I climbed the peak and plunged into the abyss, I formed this list.

  1. Do Nothing. If the cleaning fairies should show up, feel free to send them my way next.
  2. Make a list of everything that needs to be done. This can be in free form or in order of importance. After making the list, you have two basic options: return to #1 or go on to #3.
  3. Begin to conquer your list. Do you follow a system when you do housework? Are you more of an attention deficit cleaner? Find your groove, as long as you are able to cross things off the list – cross them off as done, not just cross them off for fun.
  4. Enjoy your accomplishments. Reward yourself with a break between the big tasks. After all a job well done deserves a celebration!

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28 thoughts on “Conquering Housework, One Landmass at a Time

  1. Meredith@MommyAtoZ

    I get stuck on #1 way too often! Thanks for linking up these great tips at the Manic Mondays blog hop!
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    1. growin49_wp

      I stay stuck on number one often myself, until there is really nothing to do but get to work or move/blow up the house…

  2. Marissa

    Totally agree with #1…. where are those cleaning fairies???

    Marissa

    1. growin49_wp

      I am guessing mine can’t find me since we moved…

  3. Danielle

    I have to be systematic with my cleaning – I guess it’s just the way my brain works! And sometimes I even add things to the list that are minuscule! But it’s nice to have something to cross off! πŸ™‚
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    1. growin49_wp

      I have added to the list just to cross it off, too. Having a system that works for you is the way it gets done!

  4. Melanie

    The cleaning fairies avoid our house, too. Sigh.
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    1. growin49_wp

      I fire my house elf on a regular basis. Because I live in a land of fantasy…

  5. Marie with spreading-joy.org

    oohhhh for the cleaning fairies to come by my place. Dishes are the worst for me.
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    1. growin49_wp

      If I let things go too long, I view all of it as “the worst.”

  6. Pamela

    Landmass made me laugh. Your steps are good. I like the break! I used to clean my house one chapter a day: Do a task, read a chapter, do a task, read a chapter…
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    1. growin49_wp

      One chapter at a time, that is great! I have used the time to catch up on Bible reading (by listening to the audio)… forgot all about doing that the other day.

  7. Jonathan @ EagleSoaringHigher

    I love the list idea. When we need to get things done that’s my preferred go-to method. Helps us feel we accomplished stuff and gives us small wins.
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    1. growin49_wp

      Some days, the small wins are all we have!

  8. Andi

    oh if i didn’t make my list every day- also i find that when I remember that Rachael Ray is on at 10AM in NY and I want to watch her – that motivates me to clean BEFORE 10AM so i can relax for an hour πŸ˜€
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    1. growin49_wp

      Motivation and rewards! That is great!

  9. Brandi @ penguinsinpink.com

    Oh housework is never ending. I love how you organize your jobs. Getting started is always the hardest part. Today, I cleaned the girls’ playroom. We got rid of 2 bags of toys and 1 bag of trash! And discovered that they had a floor. πŸ™‚
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    1. growin49_wp

      My favorite day of the unpacking process after we moved was finding the floor again!

  10. Amy Dowling

    I am reading the book, The life- Changing Magic of Tidying Up. I am purging like crazy around my house. It sure feels good!
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    1. growin49_wp

      I recently purged quite a bit as we moved from a larger space to a smaller one. It feels great!

  11. Christine @BecomingChristineSmith.com

    So often, getting started is the hardest part, after that, look out!!
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    1. growin49_wp

      Getting started then staying on task is mine.

  12. Ally King

    I like the title of this post—Landmass–haha, I have a few of those around my house. The top of the dressers is always a place that gets piles up to the ceiling. Because if the floors not dirty then the room is clean, right!?

    When I have a lot to do, I always make a list–just to get all of the junk out of my head and onto paper–it makes it seem less “big” when it’s all written down.

    Thanks for a helpful post πŸ™‚
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    1. growin49_wp

      On paper, not in the head… isn’t that why we all blog in the first place?

  13. Jolleen Ruiz

    The housework is never ending isn’t it? I think making a list would help. Thanks for the advice!
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    1. growin49_wp

      No problem! If you aren’t a natural list maker, this will take practice. If you are a compulsive list maker, you may end up needing a list to organize your lists… Thanks for stopping by!

  14. KLW Rose

    This post made me smile. So much of the time when I visit a blog that gives house-cleaning advice, I get the impression that their house is never untidy and that they’re a bit ocd. Your cleaning style quite frankly sounds like mine. Thanks for being practical and down to earth. ☺️
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    1. growin49_wp

      I’m absolutely far from perfect though I have my own struggles with wanting everything to be just so. I’m glad you enjoyed the post

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