I’ve taken on a new challenge… The cleaning challenge, and it’s been my hardest challenge to date. I mean I’ve done the burpee challenge, the mud run challenge and the plank challenge. All of those challenges pale in comparison to the cleaning challenge.
Yesterday, I had enough of my sporadic deep cleanings of my house. There always seems to be something that gets in the way– kids, school, sports, sickness, but like I said I was fed up. I was tired of my own excuses, and have decided that once every month I will devote an entire week to deep cleaning my house. I don’t particularly love cleaning, but I absolutely hate a mess.
I was dreading waking up this morning because I knew that the first day of deep cleaning would begin. I slowly walked down stairs to make the kids breakfast and help them get ready for school, only to find my 6-year-old laying on the couch. He had coughed a lot the night before, and with a pitiful voice he told me he didn’t feel well. I let him stay home from school. For a moment, I thought this would be a wonderful excuse to postpone my cleaning challenge, but I decided to push on through the sickness. I knew if I put this challenge on hold; it would never start.
I started with the living room today. I cleaned the baseboards, dusted furniture, decorations and blinds, vacuumed the couches, and vacuumed and mopped the floor. It took a little bit longer with several interruptions, but I finished. Finishing the living room has given me the strength to know that I can conquer the hallways and stairs tomorrow.
I’ve even got the kids helping me. I put them in charge of their bedrooms. I showed them how to clean the baseboards and dust their furniture. I told them if they complete their challenge, they will be rewarded. We made a list of fun rewards- strawberry picking, dinner at PDQ or Pokemon cards.
Need a cleaning challenge? Join me and let’s keep each other accountable.