Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Mooched Mommy Idea #6: The 4 o'clock Clean-Up

I take great offense to untidiness and dirt in my home. And, ever since he came along:

I've obviously had to get over that.

My fabulous Aunt Kathy gave me her top-secret trick: The 4 o'clock Clean-up.

After listening to me obsess about how I cleaned the house ALL DAY LONG, she told me that she only cleaned once a day when her kiddos were little. She said, "you want to live in your house, that's what it's for."

Her plan: At 4 o'clock, everyone cleans up the entire house together. That way, you can have a tidy home at the end of your day, and the kiddos can play all day unfettered. That philosophy has freed me to enjoy the chaos, laugh with my busy boy and clean like a crazy woman only once per day.

Aunt Kathy, my son and my sanity thank you...


Casey said...

FAB idea! I loathe the process of me cleaning the whole house and the two monkeys that live with me immediately and systematically TRASHING every room so much so that it looks like I haven't cleaned in a month. So I will try this.

Katie said...

Ugh...I HATED the 4 o'clock clean! LOL. I always thought it was so unfair that WE had to clean and Jim didn't...ha!