How are you all. Is the week going according to plan? In all likelihood, if it is anything like my weeks, the answer to that would be a big loud NO.
Is this you?
Why is it that we chase the ever illusive routine, the perfect system whether it be cards, lists, computerised or paper, something that will make our life just flow perfectly, without hitches. Meals would be on the table on time, and of course nutritious and everyone would comment on a lovely meal. Then there is the laundry, it’s done, dried, folded and put away, plus all the ironing done, the floors are mopped and vacuumed – daily I might add – bills are paid on time, and the paperwork filed and not left to linger around the kitchen counter for several days…um, okay week.
You’ve been to the gym three times this week, and of course the dusting, polishing, is done, the kitchen is spotless, the freezer foods all labelled and no smelly rotting food would dare dawdle in your refrigerator. Oh, yes, life of routines, and list and …. Is perfect…. or NOT. Oh and don’t forget those sparkling clean windows are bereft of paw prints and sticky finger prints.
Now I am the first to acknowledge that THIS IS NOT MY LIFE. Oh, I wish it was, I am you see a would be perfectionist, but somehow I don’t quite hit the grade. Which is rather frustrating, because really, I really do want to be a perfect housekeeper. I just don’t seem to have the energy to be perfect.
But then who would actually notice. Not the teen who is in one door and out the other with a scrap of left over pizza in their hand, a few anchovies dropped on the floor in their wake.
And I don’t think the Hubby would notice as he finishes his meal and falls asleep on the sofa.
I look around at all the perfectness. The shiny furniture and floors, the spotless kitchen, bathrooms the beautifully scented and clean laundry.
Who actually notices? And who actually cares?
Actually… I care and that should be enough – it is enough! We don’t necessarily clean house for anyone else, even though they may live there. We do it because – well it could be for a variety of reasons. It could be to impress others, but we can already see family aren’t quite impressed.
What about our friends?
Well unless they live at your house 24/7 and see it so spotless all the time, they don’t count because as sure as it rains in spring, friends turn up at your doorstep when the house is in chaos.
So really the only person you are doing this for is YOURSELF. Yes, you may like to have it clean for your children, clean clothes, good meals, house spick and span, but when it comes down to it, doing the house work, however often, is gracing your home – for you – and yes your family also.
It’s about personal pride. I’m not saying it has to be perfect – though that darn little OCD part of me WOULD LOVE it to be perfect – but I know in reality that aint gonna happen.
So if you want to take pride in your home, in yourself and your environment how do we get it all done.
Reality is we probably don’t. For years I thought I was a failure if I didn’t get it done, and so mostly (and this is really sad) I would go around feeling like a failure because I hadn’t done xyz on the allocated day/time/week etc. In my head “other people’s” houses were perfect, and I was the only one that failed.
My excuse was, life would get in the way which was really frustrating because I didn’t want it to. I mean I had a house to make perfect, towels to fluff and curtains to vacuum – just because it said so on my list.
But…. Travel down through the years and I have kind of a routine, it works sometimes.
This book is about days and weeks and months and routines. So what makes it different from other household chore/routine books – and believe you me I have read a few (actually lots and lots) this book in the way Becky has written it has given me permission to get rid of the guilt! And that my friends is HUGE!
Simply Clean is a book of routines and systems but it’s – well – simple. A few regular chores each day, plus a weekly chore per day, AND you get Friday to catch up and Sunday to play.
What could be better than that? Time off, time to breathe, time to say okay, I’ll just get so and so finished now. This book took away my guilt for not being perfect and for that alone I love this book to bits.
This book really ‘got to me’. Becky was ‘speaking’ to me. Her writing style is engaging, relaxing and just darn friendly. I felt like she understood me. And for that I was grateful.
Is my house perfect yet?
Nope, and it probably never will be.
Do I still hope and pray on bended knees wishing it would be perfect– yes of course, but I know the truth. People live here, dogs live here. Perfect doesn’t exist here. But the routines in this book gives me focus, and at the same time allows me to let life get in the way as it invariably does.
So for my review of Simply Clean I would give it an absolute 5 Stars.
Simply Clean is available at Amazon
Happy days – and reading