From the book:
"Make sure the house is spotless before he's due to arrive home . . . Your house should be sparkling by the time he sets foot in it!"OK, they've really "gone to meddlin'" this time! My house is NOT spotless by the end of the day. Then they insinuate that is should be Sparkling? I'm not sure I've ever gotten to that level.
Then I remembered that I'm doing this series because I want to challenge myself. So, I will pick the book up out of the trash and reread this Rule and see if I can come to terms with it.
How can I do this? It certainly should be possible to do as I have only one child who's not little any more and I'm home all day. Of course, it's partly BECAUSE I have a child and I'm home all day that the house is not "sparkling!" We make messes, we eat, we do activities. Minor chaos ensues.
I decided to rise to the challenge, think a bit and I've come up with the following:
- DECLUTTER. I have done a lot of this. I find that having surfaces relatively free of objects and everything having a set place makes cleanup FAR easier than it has ever been in the past.
- Have an afternoon routine in place that involves said child so that things are returned to their places before we get to the supper prep.
Visually, doing the above removes the "unsightly" things. But what about the "sparkling" part? Attaining that means I'm going to have to bring out the big guns.
I determined that my husband walks into the living area and can see the dining room and kitchen from there. I will call those three rooms the "entry rooms." With that in mind, I will do the following to spiffy them up which will help me on my quest for "sparkling:"
- Dust the entry rooms every day. (I'm feeling a bit faint.)
- Run the vacuum in the traffic areas of the entry rooms every day. (Is it hot in here?)
- Set the table before starting dinner. (I think my pulse is racing.)
- Clear away the supper prep articles, leaving just the meal itself cooking. (Thunk. "Mama? Are you okay?")
My mind is reeling from what I just wrote (and from the face-plant to the floor.)
These tasks are not unreasonable things to do, but, really, are they necessary? No, I would say that they are NOT necessary. Would my husband even notice that things are cleared away and dusted? Cleared away and neat, yes, dusted, no.
SO, should I go the extra mile on this one? I've certainly gotten through 25 years of marriage without this extreme. But, is there a reason I shouldn't? Is it possible that it will add to our enjoyment of our home being a haven for all of us?
I think I'll "give it a go" and see.Related Posts:
How all this started.
Rule 1: A Wife's Duty
Rule 5: A Happy Homecoming
Rule 3: Put Your Best Face Forward