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There's cleaning house and Then There's cleaning HOUSE!


Friday, October 05, 2012

Today seems to be a day of epiphanies! Yesterday, I bought a new soap dispenser that was pumpkin shaped because it would add a cute yet functional decoration to my kitchen fall look. I couldn't get it to release the pump so that it would work. I am getting frustrated because I am turning and turning the pump to release it and it isn't releasing! I put it down thinking that I would return it to the store tomorrow.

Well, this morning, I picked it back up to look at it. I tried to see if another pump would fit the bottle. Two pumps were close, but, not quite. I took another look at the cute little green pump that came with the cute little orange pumpkin looking bottle. I thought of the nose sprays for our allergy meds. I tried to slide the outer shell to the pump to see if it would come off, just like our allergy spray bottles do and well - EUREKA! The sleeve came off and the pump now works! I am proud of myself for having the brains to figure that one out (insert sarcasm).

I am also going through a book called The House That Cleans Itself. I can live clean, but the other 5 people in my house don't seem to have gotten that gene in their systems (yet). Mine developed from living with parents who were slobs. I hated living like that and I also hate cleaning. So I had developed a way to live that doesn't require more than a 10 minute routine each day. It included picking up after myself and putting things in an acceptable place. That works if everyone is doing the same thing and doing it in a timely manner. The more people that live in your house, the more difficult it is to stick to that practice. I had never thought about how to teach this to my 4 minor aged and one adult aged house mates.

So, I got the book with the hopes that I can get everyone on board and ready to contribute to the overall look of our house. I read chapter one which talks about how the system works, and chapter 2 which give the first step to achieving the goal of a clean house.

I found the floor plan to our house and copied it. I highlighted the areas of my house. I even differentiated between common and private areas of the house.

My next thing to determine is the flow pattern in my house. That means, determining which door is used most for entry into the house and then determining the area of my house that I most need to have clean to feel good. It took some real thinking since I wasn't even sure I had just one area! I did figure it out this morning that it had to be the kitchen/breakfast area. I tend to perseverate on how much it isn't clean and how much I would love to wake up to a clean slate in those two rooms. Then I need to order the rest of my house in how I want to clean from rooms that I need to keep clean the most to the least.

I have decided to ask my husband what his area is so that I can make it a high priority as well. After all, he would like to come home and be able to relax, which greatly enhances the marraige. By the way, that is my third epiphany. Knowing that the kitchen/breakfast area is my Home base area is number two.

I then had a different thought. Why don't I take the same approach to my exercise! I have gone backwards in my battle to have a healthy body. I am back to square one with a couple of pounds added! I am not happy with that and I want to get back to losing weight, eating healthy, and looking good. Why don't I just take all the areas of my body and determine which area I feel good when it looks good and make that my top priority! That by the way is epiphany number 4! I am most unhappy with my core and that is where I am going to start. If that is the only exercise that I get done today, then I will be happy. I will then add other things to my routine when I have conquered the core routine. If I can go for a walk or a bike ride on top of that, then great!

I think having one epiphany is awesome. Having 4 epiphanies is out of this world! Let's see if this approach to house cleaning works as an approach to exercise. I will blog every day to let you know how it is working for me.

I am going to do my pilates routine today and then I will work on my house.

So you can see, there is cleaning house ( my physical residence where I eat and sleep) and there is cleaning HOUSE ( my healthy living aspect)!

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LILYBELLE8 10/15/2012 11:12AM

    I love your blog - and am certain that you will have even more ephinanies !! Recently you sent a response to one of my comments about one of your comments (whew!!) and that prompted me to get the HTCI on my Kindle yesterday. AND I LOVE THE BOOK! Thanks for the prompt!! I'm a fan of FLYLADY also, and can't disagree that you should check her out - but HTCI seems to be a good companion plan. Maybe the two together will be just what I need! Thanks!!!

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*MADHU* 10/5/2012 11:11AM

    I think FLYLADY will help you get your4 minor aged and one adult aged house mates keep a clean house. Check her out!

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