Clean Up the House in 2 Weeks: A Workbook
Occasionally, on very special days, you will not find messes in my house. This usually happens around the holidays when we have people over more often.
However, if you are like me, you might have the usual messes in your house:
A corner of the kids’ room piled with stuffed animals and toys;
A bookshelf with things other than books on the shelf;
Piles of kids’ schoolwork, papers, projects;
Half-finished crafts or art projects on the kitchen counter;
Bins of Barbie dolls that seem to magically multiply;
Bags of outgrown baby clothes;
And, new to me this year, boxes of homeschool curriculum.
My worst secret is that I hide things on Andy’s side of the bed in the corner because it’s totally invisible from the doorway of our room. Please don’t tell anyone.
I grew up in a home that was—let’s just say—a little disorganized. My mom is an artist who sees everything as a medium for a future art project. Because I grew up keeping everything, (I wasn’t even allowed to throw things away when I was done with them), I just didn’t have the skill of getting rid of stuff I didn’t need. I still don’t have this skill. But I have gotten better.
My mom taught me, “Don’t worry about the mess. If people are coming over, clean up so they will be comfortable. If they show up unexpectedly, apologize for the mess and welcome them in.” It’s a nice philosophy, I guess.
But my in-laws have set the example of a perfect house—I mean perfect—like if someone shows up at any moment of the day they will find everything spic and span. No dishes in the sink. No toys on the floor. No pillows out of place. No dead plants in the garden.
I used to laugh at the idea that some people could manage to keep their home like that. Like, really, who really keeps their house that neat? Um, my in-laws do. Do you know anyone like that? Maybe you are like that. I so envy you people! You call yourselves OCD and it just makes me wish I was OCD too! Well, sort of.
So this whole “keep your house perfect” thing is so new and difficult for me.
“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven … a time to keep and a time to throw away” (Ecclesiastes 3:1,6).
In my spiritual life, I have found it to be true that God loves order and design. He loves harmony and cleanliness, as well as a clean heart and a humble, forgiving spirit.
I am not saying that our houses are a reflection of our spiritual lives. Definitely not. I am not saying that I believe that “cleanliness is next to godliness.” But I do think that a clean and orderly home is good for my family and me, while disorder and messes make us more tense.
Because I am an innately messy person who has learned to be quite neat when I need to be, you might believe me when I say I have figured out a routine for how to clean up my messy house in 2 weeks.
I’m going to try something crazy. I am going to offer a pdf of a little workbook I’ve created:
In Two Weeks I Will Have a Clean House
A Workbook By Chelsea Rotunno
It includes these 10 categories:
#1 Motivation and a Deadline
#4 Toy Clutter
#5 Paper Clutter
#6 Other Clutter
#7 Dinner Plan
#9 Horizontal Surfaces
#10 Flowers and Dinner
For the “amazing low price” of $1.99, you will receive this easy 12-page workbook that you can print out and use as many times as you need to.
Why am I charging for this?
If you pay a little bit for some structure, it might give you extra incentive to actually do it.
This workbook is not for people who already have clean, orderly homes. It is for people who have decided it’s time to put some money and effort into making their living space peaceful and comfortable for their family and guests.
For a price less than a coffee, you can have my advice that has worked for me every time I need to get ready for guests. Of course, like you, I’d rather have a coffee than think about cleaning—but I need a clean house more than another coffee.
Click “Add to Cart” to receive the pdf. It’s quick and easy.
If you have any other advice you would like to add for what works best for you, please let me know! I would love to hear it! I need all the help I can get.
Get ready for Easter!
In Two Weeks I Will Have a Clean House is only $1.99
P.S. This workbook has absolutely nothing to do with the book I am publishing later this month. Stay tuned for my first ebook, a fiction novel called Goodnight to My Thoughts of You, a story about the search for true love. I’m so excited to share it with you for free! Enter your email address to receive the details on how to get the book for free. Have a lovely day!