Housework is something all of us need to do at some point, but, don't really want to do it. (Well there are a few of you out there that really do like it, but, I don't understand you...). For me, there can be a lot of self made guilt that comes with not cleaning for one reason or another. Today, I am going to give all of you permission to NOT FEEL GUILTY if you don't clean your house! Instead, I am going to give you some real good excuses so you can have a day, here or there, to rightfully ignore those chores!
There Will Always Be Dust - It doesn't matter if you spend the next 2 hours dusting every nook and cranny you can, it will come right back. Maybe not as heavy the next day, but it waits for you to leave the room and POOF it appears again! One more day of not dusting isn't going to set the whole ecosystem of your home askew. So let it go for today!
Pick Up Over Clean Up - Living in clutter is way more frustrating than dirty windows, for you and your family. I learned in my early married life that if things are picked up, it makes more of a difference than if you mopped, dusted and vacuumed too. Cleaning used to totally overwhelm me because I felt like I couldn't just do one thing and not do it all at once. That of course would lead to not doing ANY of it because it would all be "wrong" anyway. I soon learned that letting the kids take care of their rooms (with a once a month super clean with Mom--maybe), beds made and a straightened living room and kitchen really was all they cared about. Also, when you pick up matters too. If you have little ones playing all day, let the mess hang out. Have them pick up before lunch and dinner. Sometimes, if they have had to pick up before lunch, they don't mess up as much in the afternoon. (I said SOMETIMES...). Which brings me to my next excuse...
Relax With the Kiddos While You Can - Listen, they won't always cuddle with you and watch a movie. They will stop bringing you books to read to them and they will not hang out with you forever. This is the BEST excuse NOT to clean! Take those moments with them! When they are in school and home for the summer, take time to go places with them and when they are older, let their friends come over and make a mess and eat you out of house and home. It's good for them to want to hang out at home. If your kids are grown, take a day to binge watch your favorite show, or work on a craft project you have wanted to. If both you and your partner work and the weekend is all you have to clean--it's ALL YOU HAVE TO SPEND TIME TOGETHER, TOO! So take that time to do it! People are so much more important than stuff!!! (I can't say this enough).
Pamper Your Pet - Your Fur Baby needs love too. Give them that bath they have needed. Cuddle with them on the couch. Take them for a walk or if they live in a cage, clean out their cage instead of cleaning your whole house. They deserve your attention too. They will feel better and so will you.
Wait for the Party - If you have a party coming up at your home or guests that will be coming, put off some of the cleaning until then! If you wipe everything down two weeks before they come, it will all need to be done again the week they do come, so why do it twice?! If you have a guest bath that is barely used, it's just gathering dust anyway, give it a touch up the day of their arrival and if you change sheets on a guest bed the day (or day after) they leave, that bed is all ready for when someone comes again! Only a quick dust and vacuum will need to be done. If you spend too much time cleaning way ahead, you will be irritated if your family "lives" in the space a little too hard and everyone will be miserable. Let some things go until they absolutely need it.
Enjoy the Weather - We all have great intentions of getting outside, but, sometimes it's too hot, or too cold or raining or whatever and we are stuck inside anyway! Learn to enjoy the good weather when you can and get outside. It doesn't last forever and it's a great excuse not only for you but your family too. Besides, there is nothing like getting outside for a good nights rest, for you and your family. Maybe if you sleep really good, you'll want to get up and clean the next day! (I said, MAYBE...)--Jen Lush