So I didn’t post a Wednesday Wash-up last week. I can’t even blame it on momnesia…I didn’t forget…I just didn’t know what to say.
I went into this challenge (can refresh your memories here) full of enthusiasm. I was hopeful that it would help me get into a healthy routine of cleaning my home, because I struggle there. Not to say I have a dirty home, I just don’t have a good routine so it tends to need cleaned before it gets cleaned. Unfortunately I just don’t believe this challenge was for me.
In most cases the challenge didn’t work for me because my goals for it didn’t align with the actual challenge. What I was hoping for was a create a daily/weekly routine that would help me maintain my home and to do so with a more joyful spirit about it. Because lets face its, I’m a grump about cleaning.
A large majority of the Martha challenges pertain to organizing. Whether it be the fridge, pantry, cabinets, drawers, medicine cabinet…she wanted me organized. Well if you know me, you know I’m too OCD in that area to have those areas out of order. Typically those areas are kept very nice because everything has a place and I tend to like it in its place. The other Martha challenges were big but rare occasion items, like clean the blinds or the top of the refrigerator. And while its good to do those things we tend to do them several times a year (is that enough???) and not regularly.
The Mary challenges were thought evoking and I did enjoy reading them, but I found that many of them didn’t apply to me because my children are too young or I didn’t necessarily agree with the philosophy. While I would love to have the heart of a Mary, I’m not sure I do. I was raised to be a strong independent woman and I believe in a full partnership marriage. We have a very 50/50 marriage. My husband and I split the chores and we each do our part. We also share as much of the parenting as we can. I think its the best thing for our marriage. For this reason I struggled with some of the Mary challenges.
As a whole I did enjoy the book and the challenge, if for no other reason other than I learned something about myself while doing it. Now if your wondering how I’ve done a 31 day challenge in 15 days, its because I skipped ahead. I’ve never been the patient type! HA On days the challenge didn’t pertain to me, I just kept reading…
My original mission statement for the challenge was : “I want to create a clean and safe environment for my family to grow, learn, play, and thrive together.” What I learned is, that my family does have this environment. While it’s very rarely white glove clean, it’s clean enough to be a safe environment for us to grow, learn, play and thrive together. And for now, that’s good enough for me.
I am working on a new cleaning routine for myself, since this didn’t accomplish that goal. I’ll keep you posted on how that goes…