I saw this one on Pinterest and just laughed out loud. Sometimes I wish I could wear it like a badge, or at least make it into a t-shirt (to be worn with my favorite super-comfy, although stained with bleach, yoga pants, of course!)
This has been “one of those weeks”… I went to bed Sunday night feeling a little stuffy and awoke Monday with the Plague; it has sapped every last bit of 7-month pregnancy energy out of me. When the mental fog lifts high enough that I can see the to do list, I pick the lowest stress tasks and have not operated any heavy machinery this week (except a bandsaw when I was making my thread holder, but that doesn’t really count).
My personality track record for these kind of weeks is usually to feel defeated and overwhelmed, but surprisingly that hasn’t happened this week. As I was thinking about why, I kept coming back to the HomeRoutines app and a few key tools that are helping me reduce housework.
1) Honey-Can-Do Heavy-Duty Triple Laundry Sorter: I got this when I decided to give up the idea of “Laundry Day” and instead do one or two loads every day as part of my routine. I love it! It has taken the stress of PILES of laundry away and is so easy to use. I just grab a bag out in the morning to wash, put it in the dryer at noon and fold and put away that night. The kids have another similar hanging style basket in their room. All together we have four bags: Whites, Towels, Kids and Colors.
2) BISSELL Perfect Sweep Turbo Cordless Rechargeable Sweeper: Our “other vacuum” is a Shop Vac, which is certainly powerful and has attachments but I do just about anything to avoid dragging it up the stairs from the garage, including walk on disgusting food crumbs. This Bissell has been my savior. It’s super quick and easy to run over the floors every night (sometimes after every meal) and keep the house from looking like the Tasmanian devil is our family pet.
3) The Catch-All Baskets: Last but not least, these baskets have become members of the family. We have one by the front door, one in the dining room and one in the kitchen. I love to throw all the miscellaneous stuff in them during those “10 Minute Tidies”. It keeps the house relatively picked up without distracting me as I take a receipt to the filing drawer…only to see a book that needs put on the kid’s shelf…then realize I’d have to restack the entire bookshelf in order to set the book down…meanwhile, I’m still holding onto the receipt. I hate that! Now, when that zone comes up on the Routine, the baskets get emptied and all is right with the world. :) OK, that’s a bit oversimplified, but you get the idea.
Just having a few key tools has really taken the stress out of those week’s where the bottom seems to fall out. The routine app gives me confidence that I really will “get to that soon” and tools like baskets and sweepers keep things from piling up around me.