Spoonful of sugar

In every job that must be done
There is an element of fun
You find the fun and snap!
The job’s a game
And every task you undertake
Becomes a piece of cake

– Mary Poppins

I don’t like cleaning.

I’m basically the children in Mary Poppins. I don’t want to be a nesting robin or a busy bee. I’d rather just have my piece of cake and eat it too. I find it extremely difficult to get motivated into cleaning.

The house I grew up in was not tidy. at. all.

I suppose I am seeking inspiration to gather momentum. I have been reassessing the chain of tidying-related behavior modeled for me. I need to switch up my priorities a little so that I can get my house in order, not because I should be more materialistic and house proud but instead because it is a distraction from other things which actually are a priority to me.

I will be dedicating myself to a minimum of one hour of deep cleaning and decluttering every evening that Daddy Alsum is away.

This way, when he returns, there should be fewer distractions and that should give us more attention for stuff that matters more.

Encouragement welcome and advise received openly.

From mine to yours,

Mumma Alsum

2 thoughts on “Spoonful of sugar

  1. I recommend you do your one hour commitment in 15 minute chunks. You will be amazed at what you accomplish. Set a timer. Then go do something else, message James, play with your kiddos or enjoy something for yourself. You might find it very motivating for the next 15 minutes. Also, another suggestion that I received years ago and still works for me, don’t leave the room you choose to begin cleaning. If items need to be removed from the space have a laundry basket ready for them and when the room is complete or the time is done then return the items in the basket to their right place.


    1. I found out about something called the Pomodoro technique recently, which is basically using a kitchen timer to focus on doing stuff. I had been thinking of using the method to get some book-writing done, but you’re right; I could use it for cleaning up too.


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