We have made it through our first month of this decluttering/cleaning journey and we ended it with our first little test since starting it- my sister and her family came to visit us. Normally it would be a mad dash to clean, scrub down, and get rid of piles of mess around the house.
This time, I was able to relax a bit and the only major cleaning that I had to do was the bathroom, thanks to a certain kitty and her litter box. She is very picky about her box but that is a while other story. Since I have been able to keep my kitchen spotless since the beginning of this, it also leads us to keeping up our living room and dining room. At night everyone picks up their messes and washes any stray cups and dishes from around the house. We have also been keeping the clutter off of the table and Kid Baker has been using it almost daily for her drawing/art projects.
You do have to stay on top of it but it is only minutes – if that! I would rather spend a minute a few times a day then 30 minutes to an hour doing a huge cleanup. Because we hand wash dishes as we go, there is no need to fill a sink up with water, so no standing over a sink full of dishes!
Usually, when we have guests over, I dread the cleanup after. Most of the time I am too tired to do it after they leave because they normally stay late so I end up hating life the next morning when I walk out to it. This time, I cleaned up as we went in the kitchen and there was no huge mess after. It didn’t take long at all and was pretty much just like our normal routine so it didn’t eat into our visiting time. I will admit though that seeing all the food sitting out on my counter started to annoy me because I am so used to cleaning it up right away. They arrived after we ate dinner and I wanted them to eat too so I left it out. I pushed through it and survived. I am still in shock over how much my thinking has changed about the kitchen.
By the time they left, our house looked like it did before they arrived. I was so surprised because this NEVER happens and the hubs even made a comment to me about how we would have never known anyone was even here! He has made many comments to me lately about how great it looks in the house and isn’t minding washes his dishes so much anymore. He usually gets out of dinner dishes because he has worked hard all day so I take his plate with mine and do them together. Other than that, he’s on his own.
Moral of the story – clean up as you go and you won’t have a huge mess to clean up in the end (or beginning!)
Follow along on our decluttering journey here, starting from the bottom post!