this series is actually about!
Episode 2: 'The Visible Dirt Line (VDL)'. This is all about my haphazard cleaning strategies. As I was cleaning the bath last week, I realised that I was motivated by (a) the visible line of dirt decorating the bath and (b) we were going to have a guest to stay. So the dirt line motivated me to clean because I could see it and more importantly someone ELSE was going to see it. Same goes for the mould in the shower, the footprints all over the bathroom floor and the toothpaste squirted all over the side of the basin.
I also swept the kitchen floor because it was crunchy and I was concerned I might slip and kill myself while swanning around the kitchen in my Ugg boots.
I tend not to preventative clean - it is reactive. This is probably freaking out all my readers with great cleaning routines. But I need the motivation of visible dirt and mess to get me cleaning. Or a house guest or someone coming for a meal.
I spend a lot of time tidying up - so the house isn't always trashed and messy. Truly, by the time I've picked up the 1000th book and the 25th baby doll, I don't have a lot of energy left for actual cleaning.
I have to admit to my one area of strength though. I am good at preventative cleans of the toilet otherwise it is almost impossible to get rid of the urinal smell because of my lovely boys.
For so many years I've wanted to have a better cleaning routine. But I just can't seem to give up other things like hanging out with people for my cleaning. It's just so dull in comparison. So I've decided that this is just me. Why fight it? We've made it this far. Stuff gets done (eventually), we don't live in chaos and the toilets get cleaned. What more do you need?!