Okay, you have heard me say (and will probably hear it time and time again) that I like to keep my home 10 minutes away from being "ready for company".
I sort of cheat in this area and thought out of common courtesy I should share this with you!
In our home, we live in a state of maintenance. The WHOLE house is never really completely clean except for on Friday, which is our cleaning day and since everyone has jobs to keep them productive. This keeps me from feeling like I have a tornado following after me every day
of the week.
Every morning, all chores (minus table chores and morning routine...brushing teeth etc.) are done before the children sit for breakfast. This includes bedrooms... and so for about 30 minutes, I would say our home is almost-just-about-clean every morning. That is if everyone has been honest in completing all their chores and thorough in their
Gabrielle and I share dish duty, but I also keep one of those scrubbers with the handle that stores soap and I will try to keep our sink as empty as possible throughout the day. Doing a dish or two here and there is much easier than having a mountain after supper. I don't like piles of papers, and so I am continually putting papers inside our family planner binders so at least I can't see them. Then on Tuesday when my focus area is office, I take the time to hole punch and file the paperwork properly. We also have two quick pick ups in our day which are before nap and then again before Phil gets home. Like I said, "We live in a state of maintenance." We have to or as I am sure you all know, it gets out of hand very quickly.
Anyhow, all this to say, I do have an area in which I "cheat" a bit! That would be one big rule we have had in our home for probably a little over 5 years and that would be that there are no toys allowed in our bedroom, the hallway, the living room, the dining room nor the bedroom. I know, when I see this all on paper, I really feel like a bad mom, but...I must say that this has kept the peace in our home. It makes quick pick ups much easier and my stress level under control ;) I know that I can walk through the main part of our home and not step, trip or do the Fred Flinstone over the endless toys my children seem to
Plus, they have 2 bedrooms and a HUGE basement in which they can go to heaven playing with all their things...just so long as they keep in mind that it all has to be picked up when they are finished ;)
Just thought I'd share!