Deep Thoughts on Cleaning House

Let’s face it… cleaning house stinks. It feels like the never-ending bane of my existence. I do the dishes only to have the sink pile up with more dishes two seconds later. If I wanted my floor to stay clean, I would have to vacuum at least fifty times a day. It can be so discouraging.

I have a friend. Imagine with me the cutest little old grandma you have ever seen. She keeps her silver hair in a perfect pouff, has formal old-fashioned manners, wears slacks and blouses at all times, and always gives high-fives to my toddler. She said something to me the other day that has been stuck in my mind. She said we young ones have forgotten a really important part of cleaning house. In her sweet grandma way, she said, “When you finish cleaning something, step back and say, ‘Well, now. Doesn’t that look nice?!’ “

So I have been trying her advice. Instead of just scrubbing everything down and walking away, I stop and look at the difference I have made in my home. I think in my best grandma voice, “Well now. Doesn’t that look nice?!” and enjoy the fruits of my labors for a few minutes before moving on.

The laundry still piles up and the tub still needs scrubbing, but I am trying to notice that what I do does matter and is contributing to making my home a place where my family is happy.

And to prove that it works, I am posting a picture of my hall closet. You just look at that and tell me the “after” doesn’t make you want to smile and say, “Well, now. Doesn’t that look nice?!”

3 COMMENTS

  1. Yes, cleaning house can be frustrating…especially since I'm not a super housekeeper to begin with.

    My husband (who is super patient about the state of the house) laughs at me when he gets home, and I say something like, "Well at least I got ____, _____, and ____ done even if _____ is a disaster." Or I say something like, "Seriously…you should have seen the living room this morning…it looked great!" He mostly laughs because he hasn't criticized anything and I'm still trying to justify myself. I think it's more of my way of reminding myself of all the good things I did get accomplished for the day though.

  2. Such awesome advice! I seriously almost never do that- I get all frustrated that no one else seems to notice, but it's almost like I'm not noticing either, so thanks for the reminder. Or should I be thanking the cute old lady? 🙂

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