We are in the process of packing up to move (hopefully we’ll close on the house by the end of the month!) and it’s not a new thing to me. This will be our fourth move in the last four years. It seems like every time we move, I use packing as an opportunity to start anew. Earlier today I finally packed away my maternity clothes when I’m over a year postpartum! Of course when we move in I’ll reorganize things and it will all look great, but within a few months of living in it, the house will be a cluttery mess.
I’m not a horribly disgusting person, but I tend to skip daily chores and I’m very, very cluttery. I often find myself clearing off random stuff from the table so we can actually eat on it and my desk is always a mess. The weird thing about my cluttery behavior is that I. Hate. Clutter. I am an incredibly organized person (mentally rather than physically I guess) and I work best when I know exactly where everything is at. I find myself in a constant state of agitation because I can’t find Peanut’s shoes or my cell phone charger or a place to actually cook our dinner.
Every time we move I make a vow to keep the house cleaner. I’ll keep dishes out of the sink! I’ll wash the mirrors weekly! I’ll actually clean the tub! And I’ll even put things where they belong! As I stated above, these goals are quickly brushed aside by my lovely friend called Life and my house turns into a mess again. I’m sure that this problem will be multiplied if anything this time around because it is the first time we’re moving with a child (let alone a toddler—honestly, who has a toddler and a clean house?).
So internets, I need your help. How do I possibly keep my house clean this time? There will be no purging and cleaning when we move again because this will be our first bought home and we plan on staying in it for at least five years. I want to be one of those people who just naturally keeps things clean. I want it to be part of my daily routine.
What do you do to keep your house clean? Maybe a daily to-do list of sorts? Any ideas are welcomed!