I heard the splat before I turned around. It took me only a moment to watch half of a gallon of apple juice spill all over my kitchen floor. An overflowing fridge, a messy kitchen, and recyclables laying in a pile next to the trash can lay in a pile of juice all glared back at me with their evil eye. I lunged for a beach towel and did the best I could to soak up the mess and then used a damp washcloth to try and clean up the rest of it. The floor looked much better to me and we proceeded to sit down and eat lunch.
As I headed to the counter to grab my bowl of macaroni, I felt my feet sticking to the floor. My halfhearted attempts to clean didn't seem to do the trick so my time spent lounging outside for a bit was quickly replaced with a little bit of good old-fashioned cleaning.
I shook out the rugs, broom swept the floors and moved everything out of the way. I grabbed a bucket and a washcloth and found myself on my hands and knees in a pile of sticky. As I washed the floors, I started to get a rhythm going and then I figured that I might as well do a really great job and get the floors clean for the week.
I stood back to survey my work and felt really proud to have them clean. Two children, a sandbox full of sand, grass clippings, and dirt had made their way onto my floor and I relished this one little moment where they were clean for just a day, an hour, or a minute. I don't know how long it will last like this, but I have cleaned the grime away for now.
This made me think how entertaining others is often just a roundabout way to motivate myself to tidy the house. I wish I was more disciplined and had a better grasp on the home management, but this summer I have felt like I am in a cleaning slump and would rather be outside with the sweet children than sweeping a floor.
A weekly playdate, a dinner guest joining our table, a birthday party, a friend swinging by for coffee- those are the things that force me into the cleaning mode. I get my home ready for those moments.
I figure if a tidy home is what I desire, I will just have to rely on my guests to help push me in the right direction.
How do you stay motivated in the summer?