I’m fascinated with everyday life, which is probably why I like to read blogs. Reading about people’s everyday annoyances and triumphs entertains me for hours, so here’s a little piece of my life.

Today my project is cleaning my house. Since I broke my foot the house has not really been cleaned, so the mess is somewhat overwhelming. I enjoy a clean house but have trouble getting motivated. Recently I discovered a strategy for tackling the house cleaning. First of all, I do one room at a time, taking a break in between to do something fun. The key though, is to get started right. I like to start with the bathroom. The bathroom is the smallest room in the house, so it can only collect a limited amount of clutter. It also gets really dirty and the grime is very visible. This means the bathroom is fairly quick to clean but once its done the cleanliness is highly visible. Somehow cleaning the bathroom seems less overwhelming than cleaning the kitchen or straightening up the clutter that collects all over the rest of the house. After the bathroom is clean, I take a break and just bask in the glow of the mirror and shiny white counters. A clean bathroom is so enjoyable that I start to feel motivated to clean the rest of the house. Also, the contrast between the bathroom and the other rooms makes the dirt even more annoying. Pretty soon I feel motivated to tackle the next job.

This method works really well for me, but I know that many people have different feelings about cleaning the bathroom, so I want to hear from other people. How do you tackle a messy house?

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