A stitch in time saves nine.
Cliche? Totally. But maybe also true.
I just finished straightening, vacuuming, and mopping my kitchen and den, and it took maybe 30 minutes, and I feel like these areas are clean and maintained. It’s a good feeling.
So why mention sewing? Because this was the first time in far longer than I remember that I cleaned up not because I HAD to, but because it was a preventative measure. I cleaned because I’m trying to create good habits and because I’ve decided maintenance is the secret to avoiding those nine stitches. I’m trying to make this my regular routine, rather than reason to blog to you, but while I establish those routines, please, pat me on the back.
I’ve been doing more routine cleaning in other rooms too on a regular basis. For example, after I shower, I use a squeegee to wipe down the glass and marble walls and the shower floor. Then, I spray the entire space with daily shower cleaner that’s meant to keep everything smelling nice and mildew-free. I also wipe down the bathroom counter and sink each night after I brush my teeth. Where else? In the kitchen, I’m making sure to unload and reload the dishwasher promptly, and I wipe the counters and table after each meal. I’m trying to work on the clutter issues by putting things in their place when I’m finished with it or when I see that it’s out of place. I admit, though, this is a constant struggle.
But even though I’m struggling, my house is maintaining it’s nice clean demeanor, and I don’t feel as if I’m drowning in clutter and dog hair one minute or killing myself with cleaning the next minute. Maintenance might be my new middle name.