"As much as we love our house, housework can and should take a backseat during times when we have set goals to accomplish something specific, and all our energies need to be focused on that project if we intend to succeed."
As much as I hate to face it I have let housework take a back seat; - so I could focus on my return to work last year, which was more difficult than I can ever describe; and to finish my permaculture course. I needed to focus on these two ventures if I was to succeed in both, and I am happy and relieved to say that I have indeed succeeded.
Now as I look around my home I see that I have walls and ceiling fans to clean. Cupboards and linen closet to organise and a large decluttering to finish. I am also going to review my routines to see if the way I have been doing things is still the best way for us moving forward. I am sure that there will be some changes but they will probably been small ones.
One change I have made recently is creating a perpetual shopping list on which I have listed groceries we regularly buy. Now I just print the list check it against my menu plan, contents of fridge, pantry and cupboards ticking off the items I need to buy as I go. This has saved me a lot of time. I shred the list once I have completed my shopping and shredded paper work is added to my compost.
Don't worry I am not about to become our households charlady, but in life's revolving cycles there are times for every activity under the sun. I think the time is now for me to focus my energies for the time being on our home front.