As a parent, sometimes alone time is difficult to come by. The other day, my sweet husband offered to take the kiddos to the zoo and gave me the option to stay home.
Um. Yes, please!!
His sister joined too, so technically there wasn’t really room for me in the car. Ahem….
While I was longing for time to myself to eat, sleep, periscope, blog, etc, I had a disaster of a house staring back at me.
Enter the guilt. If I was completely selfish with my time alone, the house would remain a disgrace and eventually I would feel like a failure. And then the question would bite me in the ass, “So what did you do all day?”
My solution turned out to be rather simple. I knew I was going to have a good 3 hours to myself, so why not “give up” some time in the beginning to clean?
I set a time for myself and decided once it was 10:45, I would stop cleaning and start doing something for me. Like take a bath. Or watch periscope. Or eat chocolate out in the open. Or?…
I set a timer for 20 minutes to get as much done as possible upstairs. I knew it would take me the longest because it has the kitchen and the dining room. I don’t know about anybody else, but my toddler trashes his eating area.
I always like to start out with surface cleaning and then work my way to any sort of deep cleaning-if I have time. That way, at least it looks good at first glance. Ha!
I put all of the toys away and random knick-knacks that somehow found their way out of place. Then I vacuumed and swept. Next, I put the dishes in the dishwasher away, then loaded it. I had a bit of time left, so I wiped the counters down with a white vinegar/water mix.
Be sure to stop when the timer is up! I know it will be hard to move on, but you deserve the alone time! A sane mama is a happy mama!
I gave myself 6 minutes for the downstairs. That includes the playroom, and both of the kids’ rooms. All I had to do was throw all of the toys in their designated bins. By “designated” I mean whichever bin is closest.
The part that took me the longest is my daughter’s walk-in closet. That was because the floor was so jam-packed with toys I didn’t have anywhere to put my feet.
Yes, I finished in time. And yes, I was a bit sweaty by the end of the 6 minutes.
After all is said and done, I made myself stop cleaning at my designated time, and my house looked lovely!
When you’re using a timer to clean, be sure to prioritize. For example, I did not get to the bathrooms. And while bathrooms can always use a good cleaning, I wasn’t too worried about it. In both of my showers I have a dish wand filled with equal parts of white vinegar and dish soap. (An idea I found on Pinterest, of course.)
I am always using that sucker to scrub down my shower/tub/sink in the bathrooms. It’s super convenient (scrub while you shower, anyone?), and I feel like I never have to stress about the bathroom because next time I shower, I can clean it really fast. Then I can once again, focus on me.
I have already forgotten what I did for myself exactly, but I know there was coffee, chocolate, and a bath involved. Not necessarily in that order.