I am sitting here, watching Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners on Channel 4 and having a think. There are people on the programme with debilitating OCD who spend most of their waking lives as slaves to their cleaning routine. I am not one of these people. I couldn’t afford to spend all that time on my house, let alone the hundreds of pounds they must pay for bleach every year. I also couldn’t be one of those people they are helping who haven’t cleaned for years.
My mum had a little dish when I was small which said “my house is clean enough to be healthy and dirty enough to be happy”. This is how I run my house. I’m sure the OCD brigade would faint at the sight of my ironing mountain, the lego on the floor in the playroom, the unplumped cushions in the living room. However no one ever got ill from a pile of magazines sat in the corner of the room.
I have the Motivated Mom app on my phone which helps me with my housework routine. I am not obsessed with it, but I know that the bathrooms get done on a Monday, and Friday is the day for changing the beds for example. As this scheduling is helping with the housework, I am hoping to broaden it to the other elements in my life. This is only my second blog post this month. I have a WIP list a mile long. I need to launch my Etsy shop. I haven’t been to the gym in ages. These aren’t essential, but I feel like I want to include them in my weekly routine. I know that this is not the time for me to start cramming things into my life, but I am hoping for a relaunch of myself in the new year.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a magazine to read.