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I Do Like It When My House Is Clean

Too bad I have to, you know, actually clean it, to get it that way.

I admit, sometimes it’s pretty gross. Fibro flare usually means cleaning drops right down my list of things to use spoons on. So, yes, sometimes my bathrooms are growing things.

There. I said it.

This is part of why I don’t like people just dropping by. I need at least a few hours notice to run a sponge around the place and disinfect.

I used to not be like that. I used to keep a very clean bathroom and kitchen, at least. Used to hate a dirty bathroom or kitchen.

So what happened?

Depression. Fibro. Three year old boys.

All things that have taken precedence over a clean house.

These days some things are a given. The dishes are all washed before bed. The table and kitchen counters are cleaned. The tub gets rinsed regularly.

Other than that?

Call before you come over.

Okay?

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It Sounded Like A Good Idea

So I was on Mumsnet recently, as I so often am, and someone was lamenting the state of their house, as we so often do (Yes, yes, less MN, more cleaning. We’ll get right on that.) and someone suggested what she called the 10 Loaf method.

Which is: Do task A for 10 minutes, do task B for 10 minutes, loaf for 10 minutes. And we all told her it was a brilliant idea.

So I tried it today.

Task A was cleaning the kitchen.

Task B was folding laundry.

Loafing, was, well loafing. 🙂

And while it sounded great in practice, I don’t think it really worked.

Instead it felt like I was leaving half finished jobs. Doing it in 10 minute increments is great, I think, but the changing task part? Not so much. I didn’t get to finish my kitchen clean up completely because Adam woke up from his nap but probably would have gotten much further if I had just concentrated on that in 10 minute increments. Although the laundry is folded, I’ll give you that, and it probably wouldn’t have been even started if I’d just concentrated on the kitchen.

So next time, I think I’ll do 20/10 loaf instead and see how that works.