I know what you’re going to say.
“But won’t you have to spend more time cleaning up the next day?’
Well, yes and no.
As long as you’re not “stupid” on your day off and you have systems in place, it shouldn’t be too bad.
I had a tough and busy weekend. The grandkids were here most of the weekend and they make a lot of messes (I let them!). My dog was sick and had an accident in the dining room. You may not know this, but I have a very strong gag reflex and use it often. So the idea of cleaning up runny dog poop was horrifying. I mean HORRIFYING. After I ran out of ideas for getting someone else to do it (no one was home but me and the grandkids), I did it. I gagged my brains out and finally threw up in the kitchen sink. But I got it done. So the rest of the weekend I let my dog in and out anytime she asked! Even in the middle of the night! Yes, she needed out multiple times Saturday night so we didn’t get much sleep. We also hadn’t slept much Friday night because my grandson couldn’t sleep and was a wild man in his bedroom.
Sunday was tough because I woke up to pretty serious problems with the blog. They were so serious that I was afraid I wasn’t going to be able to save it. So between the busy grandkids, the sick dog and the blog, I did very little to the house and I didn’t care.
As a result, I woke up to this this morning:
Am I freaked out about it? No. I have good systems in place and it won’t take long at all to get everything back in order. And it was worth it. I needed the break.
And the truth is, I don’t do much on the weekends EVER. I try to get all my house stuff done during the week so I don’t have to mess with it on the weekend. Sometimes I do a little bit but most of the time I do very little. I do keep up with the dishes and cook and try to pick up after myself. But that’s it. I work on the house all week and I need a break on the weekend. It works for me and it can work for you if you follow a few simple rules:
- On your days off, don’t be stupid. If you make a mess, clean it up. If you spill something, wipe it up. Do the dishes.
- Taking the weekend off doesn’t mean doing nothing. You should still tidy and pick up – just nothing big- no actual cleaning.
- Work hard during the week so everything is done by the weekend.
- Have good systems in place so the Monday morning clean up isn’t a big deal.
- Clean up the weekend mess as soon as possible – by the end of the day on Monday at the latest.
AND DON’T FEEL GUILTY ABOUT NOT DOING HO– USEWORK ON THE WEEKEND. If you feel guilty, you may as well not bother taking some time off. That defeats the purpose of the break. You don’t need to do housework 24/7. It’s never done so you may as well stop now and then and enjoy your life. It’ll still be there when your break is over. And as long as you follow the five rules above, clean up won’t be a big deal.
Do you ever take the weekend off from cleaning?