Part of my workout routine has been to clean the house. I live in a house that is way to big for me. It’s way to big for my cat and me. It’s even way to big for my husband, my cat, and me. We have the kids 8 – 12 days out of the month, and that is the only time that the house seems like the right size. When we have people over for birthday parties or holiday meals, the house feels like a good size. Most of the time, though, it’s too big.
Most of the time, it’s just Ben and me cleaning, too.
We don’t make the cat clean because she’s spoiled. The last time we had the kids, we made them clean upstairs (their area) on Saturday so that we could spend the rest of the weekend having fun. We also told them that if they cleaned, we could try to go to the farm the next weekend that we had them. So, they worked hard, we worked hard, they argued, they whined, they cried, and they finally got the upstairs clean.
Other than times like that, Ben and I don’t really spend large chunks of time cleaning because we don’t have large chunks of time to spend on cleaning. Mostly, I keep the dishes and clothes washed, clean the kitchen counters, and try to keep things fairly organized so that anyone in the house can find anything he or she may need at any given time. Before company comes over, we try to clean the toilets, swiffer the first floor, and clear space on the tables and counters. Then, I greet everyone at the door with excuses and apologies for how dirty the house is. Does this sound familiar to anyone else?
I am trying to develop healthy habits, including not being sedentary for too long. So, I try to get up every hour or so and run in place. Then, it occurred to me that I could also do spot cleaning in order to be active while also being productive. The first spot cleaning is heavy duty, but spot cleaning afterwards is much easier. As it turns out, cleaning burns alot of calories and works alot of muscles that I don’t use when I’m sitting in a chair staring at a computer screen. Weird, huh?
I don’t think this house will ever be clean from top to bottom until the day we sell it and move. The spot cleaning makes such a difference, at least as far as my emotional well-being. I think it also helps my allergies. It definitely adds to steps on my Fitbit. I might buy some stock in Swiffer soon. Those little cloths come in handy in so many ways.