Please forgive the whining in yesterday’s post. If you happened to read it, you know that we had just learned our cleaning lady was no longer going to be cleaning houses. After talking it over, we have decided not to replace her, which means we need a schedule. Yesterday I told you my number one rule, which is even more important now that Rachelle has retired.
Rule number one is Never Leave a Room Untidy. In other words, everything in its place. Today I added rule number two. Do a walk through the house when you first get up, quickly tidying if necessary. I really do believe there are elves that sneak around the house at night, dirtying dishes and moving items around. There always seems to be something to pick up in the morning. Please don’t think I’m fanatical, because I’m not. Honestly, I just enjoy a tidy home. I feel so much more relaxed.
Today I followed my number one rule and it worked beautifully. I accomplished so much, including time in the garden where I found these gorgeous blossoms on our Don Juan climbing rose. I also potted more marigolds. It really was a fabulous day. I realize that most households do not have someone come in and help with cleaning. Truthfully I felt guilty at times. I used to clean the house and work outside of the home, so I am certainly able to do it again. Maybe this isn’t the place to talk about this, but I hope that what I do may help others looking for a way to keep their houses clean, tidy and organized. I hope we might learn together. Tomorrow, Rule Three.
This is a post I didn’t expect to be writing tonight. For several years we have had a wonderful woman come in every other week to clean our house. She does a fabulous job, and even though I thought it an extravagance when she first started coming, soon after I never wanted to lose her. Today, we found out that she has decided to no longer clean houses. There are two additional families on our street that are also sad to hear this.
We have always been good at keeping the house tidy, between visits, because of this sentence. Never Leave a Room Untidy!
You probably think this is too simple, but it works. It is not always as easy as it sounds, but is well worth the effort. Often I am called to another room and get distracted by something , then forget to come back. Remembering the rule, makes me put things in their place before leaving the room I am in. Now, I really must follow my own advice if I want to keep a clean, neat and well organized home, so I have time for Plum Bird Corner, and other interests.
Here is our kitchen and living room with everything in place. As I write this, all of our rooms are tidy. I can’t believe I am writing about this, but tonight it is near and dear to my heart. Starting tomorrow I am going to make myself a list and a schedule. Several years ago I found a web site that listed a special chore for each day of the week. It was really helpful, but then the author stopped writing and I really missed the postings. I love lists to keep me on track, so I don’t have to reinvent the wheel each day of the week. Rule Number One is Never leave a room untidy. I’m not sure what Rule Number Two will be, but guess I will find out tomorrow. I want to say, I am feeling a little sad this evening, not because I lost a house keeper, but because I will miss seeing someone who has become a friend. She promises to stay in touch, and I am going to hold her to that.