There is an interesting phenomenon that occurs at my house: Any flat surface will eventually be covered with stuff. Or dust. Does this happen at your house, too? If it's been more than a week since you've cleared and dusted the tops of the dressers and night stands in your bedroom, then you may want to join me in this task today. I'm going to make sure that the only things left on the "flat surfaces" in my room are things I want there. This means the empty water glass, the book I'm never going to read, and the hair clip must go. Then, I'll do a quick dusting and be finished.
But, if the mere thought of facing the mounds of "stuff" piled on your furniture gives you hives, don't worry. Just take a deep breath, set a timer for fifteen minutes, and get to it. Be careful to keep your attention on the task at hand. Don't get distracted by the messy sock drawer, the photos that needs put in a scrapbook, or the receipts that should be filed. If needed, grab a laundry basket so you have a place to toss the things that belong somewhere else or will need more time to sort through. Stay focused, and you may be surprised at how much you can get done. You (and your hubby) will feel a sense of relief when you go to bed tonight!
And don't forget about the kiddos. How long has it been since their "flat surfaces" have been cleaned? Is there a mountain of toys and school papers on their desks? Can you no longer tell what color the furniture is? Then this would be a good job for them, too. Use a timer to help keep them from getting sidetracked. With some help, even the little guys can put their things away and dust. Put on some music and challenge them to finish before the song stops (this trick works for mommy too!). Have fun!
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