May 25, 2010

Emergency Cleaning

I have my own "Emergency Cleaning" plan. I've gleaned tips from many different areas and made it my own. I use it for times when I'm standing in the middle of the room and paralysis has set in, I feel the Doom and Gloom descend and I want to run away because I can't figure out where to start.

That's what I felt like today. Everything was clamoring for my attention and nothing was truly getting done. We got in Saturday PM, church and laundry (and laundry and laundry) on Sunday. Monday I got the suitcases and paraphernalia put away, and the homeschooling back on track, but I was still faced with disaster.

So, I hauled out my Emergency Cleaning list and started blindly obeying it, taking a break after every two to three accomplishments. That got me up to the point where I can begin to function at normal levels again. It also stopped the hyperventilating. I decided to post it here in case someone else finds it useful.

  1. Spray cleaner on the bathroom sink(s) and toilet(s) and leave to do its thing.
  2. Deal with whatever phase the laundry is presently in without doing more. For example, if I've done everything except fold and put away the stacks, then I do that without starting a new load. If the underwear drawers have an echo from lack of inhabitants, I start a load of whites and follow it through to the finish, stopping after that.
  3. Clean out the frig. Dump out all wannabe science experiments without guilt and just start over. Fill the sink with sudsy water and put the emptied containers in to soak.
  4. Empty the dishwasher.
  5. Load the dishwasher.
  6. If there's no dishwasher (which has been most of my life), wash ONE sink-full of dishes and put in drainer. Condense everything else on the counter into a tidy, compact pile. It looks less scary that way. You will revisit this pile later.
  7. Take a trash bag and walk around the house in a clockwise pattern. Throw away ALL trash--including newspapers. You won't read them. Seriously, you won't.
  8. Take another trip around the house with a box or basket to hold all important papers. Stow these next to your desk. Trust me on this. Penalty fees in the past taught me a hard lesson about keeping important papers in sight!
  9. One more trip around collecting things that go in other rooms. Put them AWAY as you enter each final destination on your clockwise trek.
  10. Switch the laundry if you're doing a load.
  11. Put away dry dishes and wash another load of dishes if you're hand washing.
  12. Go back and clean the bathroom(s) fixture(s).
  13. Finish last step of laundry and/or dishes.
  14. Clean kitchen counters and stove top.
  15. Empty trash.
  16. Sweep.
  17. Mop.
  18. Vacuum.
  19. Smile!


Kristen said...

Off to print this now. Thank you! :)

Packrat said...

Hmmm, might just have to try this. Thanks.

Lorie B said...

I like it! Will be copying and pasting to word for keeping.
Thanks for sharing!

Eva Girl said...

This is a great list. You're a smart woman : )

weenie_elise said...

this look like a great list. I think I too will be copying it

Lexi said...

You rock! I did a lot of this today...wish I had a plan other than following my nose to the mess left by my husband when we were gone and he was on his own...

I am not going to tell you that I made a cake this afternoon in celebration!

Roxanne said...

Whew! I may have gotten the house whipped back into "dull roar" shape, but the homeschooling, finances, and other responsibilities are just NOW getting toward some order.

Which is why it's taking me so long to get back to my blog!

I'm glad my list proved useful. I know that it helps me to get out of my "I don't wanna!" feeling and just baby step me back into being in control again.

Lexi--Cake?? Celebration?? I'm off to see what you're celebrating...

Lili said...

What a great list! I love the title even more. How great to have a piece of paper to refer to when you're overwhelmed. Do you have an office/desk emergency list?!

Roxanne said...

Lilli--You're going to laugh, but I actually do!

My husband says I'm the Queen of Lists, but that's just how I managae to get anything done. If I leave it up to my mind, all I get back is a grey blank LOL!

I'll try to get that posted soon, just for fun.

Anonymous said...

Spent today picking up my husband's bees. Tomorrow will be driving half way to the Mayo Clinic for an appointment on Monday afternoon. Will be back Tuesday.

My mom who lives in SC is on her way to MN for a funeral. I won't be home until after she already is here.

And, I printed this off.

Roxanne said...

Butonmysoul--I'm glad this was useful to you. With the description you gave, I'm impressed that you're still determined to keep up with the house, too!

Love your blog!

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