Have I mentioned before that I hate cleaning? If not, it’s worth repeating.
I hate cleaning
This is of course quite at odds with the fact that I am a complete neat freak. If there is mess around me I pretty much can’t do anything. I think this comes from my high school days where I was a huge procrastinator and given there were no twitter and Facebook back then, I procrastinated by cleaning my room. Everything had to be utterly pristine before I could grudgingly turn my attention to whatever assignment or studying I was putting off. The legacy of those high school days is that I now can’t do anything useful (like work or write) unless everything around me is completely tidy.
Given I work from home these days, and given I have a whole house to look after now and not just a bedroom, and given that I am VERY BUSY, I can’t be doing a big clean up every single time I need to get something important done. That’s why I tidy as I go.
I use the one minute rule to eliminate piles of stuff. Every time we leave the house, we do a quick tidy. When Jaden goes down for a sleep we do a tidy. Each night before we go to bed we do a ten minute tidy. If I am making dinner, I get rid of anything in the sink or on counters first. While I am cooking, if I finish with a plate or a pan it gets washed or put in the dishwasher straight away. After serving up dinner for everyone, I wash/put away what I can before I eat. This means I can enjoy my dinner and that after dinner, only the dishes we ate on need to be dealt with.
This may sound utterly exhausting but for someone like me who can’t bear the thought of doing anything more than 10 minutes of tidying, it means I am never faced with a house so messy that I don’t know where to start. And it means that I can happily leave all the ‘cleaning’ (you know like mopping and vacuuming) for X to do on the weekend!
What about you? Do you think I am mental, or do you like to tidy as you go too?