I’m a list girl. I make a list for every. little. thing. I’ve come to the conclusion that I like organization in my life. Which is pretty contradictory considering there’s almost always crumbs on the floors, the furniture, the table. Literally everywhere. I can wipe the counters and basically watch crumbs reappear as quickly as they were removed, like there’s some sort of bippity-boppity-boop wizardry going on up in here. And let’s not talk about the heaping pile of laundry that has been sitting in the recliner for two weeks, waiting to be folded.

“Okay, that’s it. I’m not cleaning until the kids move out. I have to accept that unorganized chaos is my life now”. I have peddled with this thought more times than I care to mention, but quickly return to earth when I realize that CPS might step in and intervene. So, back to the list I go!

I sit down, open my notebook to a crisp, clean page, and start jotting everything down that needs to be done around the house.

Y’all. I ran out of lines.

“Breathe. Don’t get overwhelmed”, I tell myself. You see, because I like tidy and orderly, my anxiety doesn’t appreciate my house looking like a Jumanji scene. Which is pretty much all the time. Because of this, I average about two meltdowns per week over the condition of my home. I had to come up with a plan. A plan that would actually stick.

If you’re anything like me, a total neat freak that just cannot seem to catch up because ya know, motherhood and stuff, here is the list I now live by.

PS- it has salvaged my sanity.

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Daily Chores:

·          Dishes- because we all know too well what happens when we neglect the dishes for ONE day.

·          Wipe counters and table- because crumbs.

·          Wash/dry/fold 1 load of laundry- because that massive pile of dirty clothes will only get bigger the longer you ignore it.

Every Other Day:

·    Sweep and vacuum

·    Tidy up bathrooms- especially if you have boys in your home who don’t quite have that whole aim thing down yet.

Once Weekly:

·          Choose one room to deep clean every Saturday- this includes the cobwebs lurking in the corner

·          Wash windows- nobody likes to look at spaghetti fingerprints

·          Dust all surfaces

·          Clean under the couch- just trust me on this one.

*Cool mom tip of the day: Get a wall plug-in. It makes your house smell clean even when it quite possibly could be considered a biohazard. Oh, and get your kids to help with chores. That is all*

Yours Truly,

                Mama Bear