After focusing on housekeeping for three weeks I think I am finally purged of my obsession with how other people do it. But I'm still not sure how I want to do it. No one routine feels completely natural to me. Though keeping things green -- even if my house is a total mess -- is something that has really stuck. But I did realize that I'm the type who's always trying new things, giving up, getting inspired, and trying again. I envy people who wash on Monday, iron on Tuesday, and bake on Wednesday (without going insane by Thursday). But I can't do that. I'm not a Cleanie. I will continue to have my cleaning ups and downs and will probably laminate many more chore charts in my lifetime. The most important thing I learned from these books is that trying out new systems isn't a failure. And if we haven't gotten food poisoning and don't have mold growing anywhere, why, then, that is a success to celebrate!
Originally published in the June 2010 issue of Parents magazine.