being a mom

Let’s Clean House For The Holidays So All Our Annoying Relatives Can Mess It Up!

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152405468I have a clean house. I enjoy having a clean house. When my house is clean I feel like I can relax, I feel like I can enjoy myself in my house, and when my house looks like a garbage pit is stresses me out incredibly. I cannot chill out in a dirty house. I know how not cool this is to say, I’m a self-proclaimed feminist and what could be less feminist than housecleaning? Boooo, the man is keeping me down because I enjoy having clean countertops. That. my darlings, is sarcasm. Because you know who is even more anal and into housecleaning than I am? The man I am married to.

My whole little housecleaning scheme works a lot better because my spouse isn’t the type of guy who leaves socks on the floor or who pees anywhere he shouldn’t. He helps with the housecleaning, and he enjoys doing it. So our house is almost always presentable. We don’t leave dirty dishes in the sink because we have a dishwasher. We make the bed because we like how it looks and we like crawling into a made bed at the end of the day. We both do laundry, and my husband is actually more than happy to do ALL the laundry.

With the holidays fast approaching, your own house may need cleaning, especially if you are expecting guests that will come in and dirty up your house even more. I’m not saying housecleaning is for everyone. You may be the type of person who loves being more relaxed about this sort of thing, who finds an unmade bed cozy, who would rather eat off paper plates than wash dishes, and who doesn’t care about pet hair on the furniture. Good for you! if that makes you happy I see nothing wrong with it and people should live how they want. That’s one of the joys of being an adult and having your own home, you get to decide if you want coffee rings on your counter or piles of books on your floor – and mind you, I do love piles of books on the floor, I like a house that is clean but artfully messy, that is comfortable and welcoming but not dirty.

I have used cleaning services before. We usually feel they don’t do as good of a job as we do but now that I’m working more my house isn’t as clean as I would like. Most cleaning services will charge you between 50 to 100 dollars depending on the size of your house. You need to decide if this is something that is worth it to you. For me, I’d like someone to come in every few weeks and do the jobs I am falling behind on, cleaning behind major appliances and washing windows. But I haven’t had time to hire a service yet, so don’t look behind my refrigerator.

For those of you who want to clean your home, read on, because here are the tips that help me be the badass housekeeper I am.

Everyone Helps. Everyone. I don’t care how old your kids are, unless they are a baby who can’t even crawl, everyone else helps. Your partner helps, your kids who can walk help. You are not a maid, and repeat that after me a million times, you are NOT a maid. I don’t care if you are a SAHM and your partner is a brain surgeon, everyone helps. People do not leave their shit all over. This shit includes toys, homework, dishes, clothing, briefcases, Pokemons, I don’t care what it is, people pick their shit up. 

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