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Salute to Monday Morning

I love Monday mornings!  New week, new events, new opportunities. 
My mother use to say she was president of the  "I Love Monday Morning" club.  She had eight kids (of which I am the 8th) and now that I have nine kids I know exactly what she meant. 
Though I homeschooled for a season, I now see five of my six kids still at home off to school on Monday mornings.  I use to sigh as I looked around the house at the damage from the weekend when everyone was home.  Honestly, it use to overwhelm me. 
Then my friend, Lea, taught me something about cleaning.  It was lifechanging, I think, because it made me feel I ran my house instead of my house running me.  I don't like housework but it is there daily.  This is what she said that helped me so much:  Clean up, not out.  That was it!  In the past I would start picking up when the kids left, put something in the closet, see how messy the closet was and start cleaning out the closet.  Then about the time I pulled everything out of the closet, the baby would wake up or it was time to get the kids from school.  The result was frustration and a bigger mess than I had before.
Lea cleans houses for a living so I listened when she said to save organizing for another day.  Today is cleaning day.  Stay focused and  go in this order every time: 
  • Clean bathrooms: sink, tub, toilet, floor, in that order.
  • Tidy up floors and clear flat surfaces (I confess I put things in drawers and throw things in closets, but at least the clutter is cleared).
  • Dust and vacuum.  (I told her I hate to dust, but she said dusting is part of cleaning.  She is right--it makes me feel better to have everything dust-free.)
  • Clean the kitchen (do the dishes, wipe the counters, scrub the sink).
  • Mop the floor
  • Take the trash out
I hope you find this system as practical as I have. Pick a cleaning day each week and attack!
Thank you, Lea. You really helped me overcome something that was getting the best of me.  Now I love Monday mornings even more.

5 Comments to Salute to Monday Morning:

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Jean Saliba Christensen on Monday, February 14, 2011 8:36 PM
What a wonderful post! I look forward to many more... I think I will post the cleaning list, it is much less daunting when it is broken down :)
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Margie on Sunday, February 20, 2011 5:16 PM
I would love to know if it worked for you!

Diana Bourgeois Birdsall on Tuesday, February 15, 2011 4:32 AM
Margie, congratulations on the website and the blog. You're an amazing woman to do all that you do and with such grace of spirit.
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Eva McLaughlin on Tuesday, February 15, 2011 12:40 PM
Margie, I think it is so liberating for women to hear that some of us have to learn how to clean as adults! Thanks for bringing that to light.
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Bonnie bagwell on Wednesday, February 16, 2011 6:27 AM
Margie, I am so proud of you. Much love!!!!
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