In one of my previous posts I talked about finding a balance between being a mommy, working, and keeping the house clean. I also mentioned one of my favorite blogs to read that I had recently discovered, A Bowl Full of Lemons. The blog creator recently shared her daily cleaning schedule that she uses to keep her house clean, the series is called Daily Cleaning 101. I really enjoyed reading the 7 steps she follows daily to clean her house. I printed out her outline sheet and put it in my day planner.
I think over the past week or so a switch flipped in my brain. It’s time to get on top of our cluttered house situation. Lexie is starting to try to stand up on her own, she will be walking soon and I need to make sure our house is a completely 100% safe place for her to roam around. It’s going to take some time before I can maintain the house using the daily cleaning 101 steps. I’m setting small goals for each day after work and I am working them even though I feel tired and worn out by the time Lexie goes down for the night.
I’m having to create a cleaning habit, which is not easy. But I am happy to say that the last two days I accomplished one load of laundry each day, one load of dishes each day, and did a little picking up here and there. Last night I got the stove top cleaned up nice, and today’s goal is to clean and organize the counter tops on each side of the stove. One day at a time, small goals, and eventually I’ll be able to follow the 5 to 15 minute cleaning routines. I’m very excited to keep this going and see my house all nice and clean!
Reflecting on the past year, I find myself looking for balance. Between work and being a mommy my poor house has suffered. It’s hard to find time to get the house all cleaned up and looking pretty. Especially now that Lexie is mobile! By the time we get home, get fed, bathed, and down for the night I am exhausted and cleaning the house is the last thing on my mind. Being sick last week and over the weekend really hasn’t helped my energy level this week either.
I’m just about ready to bite the bullet and find that mommy balance. I’ve found a new blog that I love to read… A Bowl Full of Lemons. This site has tons of great tips and ideas for everything organizing and cleaning. This week on the blog the main author is outlining her evening quick cleaning routine for keeping her house clean. I find a lot of inspiration on this site. I have a huge spring cleaning list for the whole house that I want to get started on soon. My goal by the end of this year (yes I did type year on purpose….we are talking short cleaning periods when the baby is sleeping) is to have my whole house clean, de-cluttered, and organized. It’s going to be interesting!
Since I became pregnant I’ve been participating in the babycenter.com community message boards. I’ve found a lot of nice people in the May 2012 First Time Moms message board. It’s been really helpful to be able to communicate with other women who are also going through this for the first time. We’ve shared funny stories, offered emotional support, been sounding boards for each other. It has been a really good experience.
One of the topics that is going around the message board this week is nesting. I’m not sure when exactly the nesting phase is supposed to come into play during a pregnancy, usually towards the end of the pregnancy from what I have read thus far. However, this past weekend I believe I was bitten by the nesting bug. I have made a list of stuff that needs to be done in every room of the house. I also have a list of things that need to be done that are baby specific before the baby arrives. I have a list for packing for the hospital, a list for making sure I have everything needed at the house before baby comes home, a list of everything that needs to be in a baby’s first aid kit, and a list for packing a diaper bag. This is all in additional to the everyday to do lists that I have. I have gone list crazy!
So the nesting has begun. I have started cleaning on the house doing a little at a time. Hubby has been enlisted to help with things that I just cannot do myself. I haven’t tried it yet, but I’m pretty sure getting on my knees and scrubbing the bath tub is going to be impossible for me with this growing belly.
Sometime this week we are planning on ordering the crib. Baby showers are beginning to be planned and will take place in the next couple of months. And then I’ll know what’s left on my need for baby list and can work on that. So much to do, and time is starting to dwindle away. May is going to be here before I know it.