Frustrated and overwhelmed by a one-size-fits-all cleaning plan? Maybe the plan is the problem, not you. Try new things and find out what works for you!
By Hilary Bernstein, Contributing Writer
I was at my wits’ end. Looking around at my messy home, I didn’t know what was wrong. Why couldn’t I get a better handle on my housework?
I Googled possible housekeeping routines and searched Pinterest for solutions – yet nothing seemed to work.
Over and over I would try different cleaning plans and they would work for a couple weeks. But then a busy couple of weeks would happen and knock me off track.
Once my home started to look like a wreck again, I’d find a new plan to try and repeat the cycle.
A lot like yo-yo dieting, I became a yo-yo homemaker. When my home was clean, it was really clean. And when it wasn’t … well, it wasn’t.
I thought something was wrong for sure – I read all about bloggers and their homemaking routines and schedules, yet all of it seemed impossible to me.
The perfect fit
Finally, one day something clicked. No one else’s printables and cleaning schedules worked for me. And there’s no way I should’ve expected them to work. They were a perfect fit for the creator … not for me.
It had been nice that someone else went through the hard work of figuring out a routine – but it just wasn’t a fit for my personality or my home.
So I tried to create my own cleaning plan – not for anyone else, but for myself.
- I knew how clean I wanted certain spaces to be … and how dirty I could tolerate other spaces.
- I understood the specific cleaning challenges I had in each space of my home.
- And I saw my schedule and knew free times I had to clean.
I began caring for my home on my own terms. And I was able to keep things clean, find time to purge, and transform my home into a haven.
By forgetting about anyone else’s suggested routines, I could focus on what worked well for me, my family, and our home.
And slowly but very surely, it became easier to keep up with caring for me home.
(I’m not the only homemaker who has made this freeing revelation! Erin has, too … and she’s found a homemaking rhythm that works well for her.)
Finding what works for you
If you’re feeling overwhelmed with your own home – and feeling like none of the cleaning plans you’ve tried works, give yourself grace. Be encouraged that it might not be you.
The issue simply might be that what you’ve tried just isn’t a good fit for you.
Instead of feeling like a homemaking failure, don’t give up. Keep trying with a focus on figuring out what needs cleaned in your home, when you have the time to clean, and how clean you like everything.
Once you find what works for you and your home, you’ll discover it’s not about the housework. It’s all about your approach.