All last week I was planning to start a spending freeze challenge today, one where you don't spend any money all week unless you have to (like to pay a bill or go to the doctor). But I realized yesterday that wasn't going to work, because we're going out to dinner tonight to celebrate my birthday (which was yesterday) with some friends.
Also we really need some dog food and cat litter.
Kitchen Cleaning Challenge
So, no spending freeze. Which left me scrambling for a household-type challenge. After some internet searching, I found this 30-Day Cleaning Challenge at PopSugar.
PopSugar is a website that seems to come up pretty often, in various forums, and I really have no idea what it's all about. It seems to be rather superficial - celebrity news, health and beauty, household stuff. They have a subscription box (a monthly box of samples, usually offered at a low price), too.
I once had a subscription box problem, but I'm largely recovered now. Almost recovered. I don't have any subscriptions at the moment.
Is it Superficial to Care about a Clean House?
Which brings me to my next subject: Is keeping a a clean house a superficial thing to do, like having a problem with subscription boxes?
I feel better when the house is clean, more settled, less like the slob that I am. But when I spend time cleaning, I feel like I'm wasting my time. Then when I imagine the time it takes to keep a house clean all of the time, I also imagine all the other things that would have to go by the wayside, and I am sad.
Then I see some blog post about how it's possible to keep the house super clean with just a few minutes of cleaning a day, and I feel like a slob, because somehow I can't manage that.
My hope is that by taking a cleaning challenge, I will start to see keeping the house clean as an easier task. One that I can handle. Like brushing my teeth. You know, you just do it.
Eric sometimes helps with the cleaning, but neither of us is consistent enough to make a lasting difference. Our backgrounds don't help. We both grew up in homes where our mothers did all the cleaning. My mom hated to clean (still does, to this day) and Eric's mom loved it (I guess - I can't quite imagine that is actually true) so much she did it all herself and never taught him how to clean.
My mom did teach me, probably hoping I would happen to like it, and I've taught Eric what I know. And we both hate it.
8 Steps in 7 Days
I'm going to try really, really hard not to hate this week's challenge: Kitchen Cleaning. Here's the plan from PopSugar:
Day 1: Clean microwave and oven.
Day 2: Clean dishwasher and appliances. Here's how to clean your toaster.
Day 3: Wipe down pantry.
Day 4: Scrub down fridge.
Day 5: Organize and toss expired foods.
Day 6: Clean kitchen sink and under the sink.
Day 7: Wipe down walls, and wash garbage can.
Day 8: Clean stove top, kitchen surface areas, and floor.
There aren't 8 days in my week (wouldn't that be nice!), so I'm going to combine days 4 & 5. I don't see the point of cleaning the fridge before throwing away expired food, anyhow. Also, we don't have a dishwasher, but I'll clean the toaster and the dish drainer.
I don't remember the last time I cleaned the microwave. It's not that bad, so someone's been doing (thanks, Eric!). And I'm pretty sure the last time I cleaned an oven was when we moved out of our apartment, eight years ago. Unless maybe Eric did it at some point, which is possible.
So I'll be reviewing the information from that link to how to clean your oven. And probably going to out to buy some sort of cleaning supply, while I pick up the pet supplies.
I will also wrap up last week's challenge (including my first "fail"!) and let you know how the half-marathon went. I just wanted to get the next challenge started before it was too late.
If you have any tips for keeping a clean house, I'd love to hear them!
(Oh boy, did I really just write that???)
Week Eight: Household - Cleaning the Kitchen