For the most part, I have my Laundry Act together. It’s a rarity that someone doesn’t have clean underwear or my husband’s clothes aren’t ironed for the week.
But you know what I’ve found to be true, especially when it comes to mothers?
If you have your act together in one category, there’s another category that needs a lot of work.
Those people that seem like they are perfect in every aspect of life? They can’t possibly do it all, and do it all well.
My Biggest Challenge at Home: Floors
I have several challenges that keep my home from being spic and span – I have 4 children 7 & under, we homeschool, there’s people here to dirty up this house all. day. long., the almost 2-year-old is the worst wall writer ever, on and on.
But my biggest challenge related to my actual house is our floors.
I detest keeping our floors clean. Really, I do.
It’s never ending. As soon as I vacuum, someone tracks dirt through the kitchen or someone spills Cheerios everywhere.
Note that I don’t say this as a complaint, just as fact. I’m so very grateful there are little people in my house all day and I wouldn’t have it any other way. However, it does present a challenge that some other people might not face.
My worst issue was our kitchen floor.
I found it difficult to vacuum because it was overwhelming. I had to take all of our kitchen throw rugs outside, shake them off, vacuum them, and then wash them every few weeks. Next I vacuumed the floor, mopped the floor, and then put the rugs back.
The whole process from start to finish took about an hour. I don’t have an hour to spend on one kitchen floor/hallway. There had to be a better way.
And then it dawned on me.
Get Rid of the Kitchen Rugs
It was an epiphany, and I’m not even exaggerating.
Get rid of the kitchen rugs. So simple and the perfect solution.
Those rugs made the whole task seem completely overwhelming, not to mention the fact that I had to wash them, dry them, blah blah blah.
I got rid of the rugs in July and I haven’t looked back.
I vacuum the floor every morning right after breakfast and it takes about 10 minutes, start to finish. (No, I don’t mop every day, although our floors could use it.)
What’s even better is that I don’t have to wash those rugs every few weeks. I’m saving myself time, energy, and effort in my Laundry Routine. I’ll take it.
Will they ever go back on my floor? Probably not til my kids are much older and they are the ones that vacuum and mop the kitchen floor.
ETA in 2022: Even though we live in a different house than the one pictured in the photos, I still do not have kitchen rugs! This was a great decision, and I stuck by it! ❤
What’s the Point of This Post on Rugs?
I’m so glad you asked. It really does relate to laundry, I promise.
For lots of people, laundry is completely overwhelming. So much so, that they can’t make themselves start the task. They are paralyzed with where to begin.
If you’re one of those people, think about why laundry is so overwhelming to you. Is it because there’s so much of it? Because people constantly wear the clothes you just washed? Because you can’t get it all put away? Because you have a million other things you need to do instead?
Your Laundry Task
If you are overwhelmed by laundry, as I was about my kitchen floor, figure out what the problem is.
Then figure out a very small solution. It doesn’t have to be anything big like hiring a laundress once a week- although it could!
My solution for my floor was to get rid of my kitchen rugs. Your solution might be to teach your oldest child to fold clothes, or spend an evening at the laundromat getting caught up, or maybe even outsourcing it to a laundry service.
Whatever your own solution is this week, make sure you do it. Don’t just dream about how great it would be to have a houseful of clean clothes, actually follow through with it and do it.
You’ll be so proud of yourself and you’ll love your results.
What is the kitchen rug in your Laundry Routine that you need to get rid of?