Week 4, Day 4 – Taking a Break

by StephBuckwalter on June 30, 2011

This week has been really crazy for me–I’ve been out of the house a lot and I’m listening to an online conference and a couple of online classes. So I’m taking a break from the Kamikaze Cleaning Challenge. I share this with you because this is often how my life goes. When I was in Stage 1 – Disaster Recovery, I really did get my house cleared out in a week. But then it took me a year to work through the rest of the house. When things like these came up, I skipped it. When the Christmas season rolled around, I tended to the festivities. When the winter blahs rolled around, I took a break until spring.

The key was getting back to it, little by little. If your home is out of control, getting it functional can be quick and easy using Kamikaze Cleaning Stage 1 methods. Reclaiming your home for real takes a lot longer, so don’t sweat it if you have to take breaks. Enjoy them, but don’t take your eye off the prize: a clean home!

  • Anonymous

    Okay, so I write that post last night and now today I had 1 hour to work on my office as I listened to an online seminar. Of course, my 5 yo daughter helped me, so I can probably get double credit for some of the items.

  • Rebekah McClain

    I culled old magazines that I was keeping for school collages down to just 10 or so, reorganized my school storage shelf (for items we’ve used or are planning to use but are not using at the moment), cleared out a drawer filled with random stuff and put away the stuff on half the top of my filing cabinet (the other half is a project unto itself). It took about 90 minutes altogether.

    Also, don’t know if this counts, but I forgot to post yesterday that I set up a system-of-sorts to keep our recyclables from getting junky looking. Took about 5 minutes if you don’t count sorting. My husband set up the shelves, so I can’t really take credit for that part. =0)

  • Amy

    I didn’t work at all today. However, I am very thankful for this challenge as it has gotten me motivated this summer. I have spent more time this summer than the rest of teh year, I think. Thanks again Stephanie!

  • miamichickens

    I worked for another 30 minutes in the bedroom on Tuesday. And tonight I worked on cleaning the laminate at the entry. Flylady sent out some tip about getting the black crud from between the laminate tiles-the person said they used Pampered Chef scrapers (I got mine with my pizza stone) and then wrapping it in a cloth to scrub. Gunk that has been there for a couple of years was removed in 15 minutes!! It did make my cleaning cloth all holey-but that’s what a cleaning rag is for, right?

    Sometimes my problem is recognizing how cluttered my house is. I’ll do “the big cleanup” for company and then not continue the job. Thank you so much for helping out with this-I really, really want to continue working so that there is not as much stuff here and so that I have better routines for keeping my home clean:)

  • Anonymous

    I sorted through some boxes of misc part and put them into their appropriate containers. I am really paying for it today, though. Who knew you could strain your back so much just sitting on the floor sorting!

  • Elizabeth Bowen

    Took pictures of stuff and wrote descriptions and weighed stuff to get rid of on Ebay! I’ll be listing them on Friday to get the stuff out of the house and give me (hopefully) some cash! Pics and descriptions took 3 hours – and I had help from my son (12 year old helpful boy) and a bit from my daughter (16 year old tall girl who can reach shelves I can’t unless I get a stepstool)

  • Anonymous

    I hate to admit it, but…me, too! And you’re welcome.

  • Anonymous

    Sounds like a good idea. I have a pizza stone but I doubt if I can find my scraper that came with it. I’ll have to look around. I could use that trick!

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