I'm showing you my house from this angle today because it's the only area of the house that is clean.
Five kids, a husband, 2 blogs, meals from scratch, and a clean house? No way.
In fact, having a spotless house isn't even in my priorities right now. But I do like for it to be tidy enough that when I hear a car coming down the road I don't have to hope and pray that it isn't a surprise visitor about to turn down our driveway! And to keep it (almost) presentable I, well, um...I play a little game with myself.
During the day, before I move from one task (for example, feeding the kids lunch) to another task (like checking my facebook) I make myself pick up or clean 100 things.
I know that 100 sounds like a lot, but really it isn't. Every dish I put in the dishwasher, every clean dish I put away, every piece of laundry I fold or sock I pick up off the floor counts as one thing. 100 things goes by quickly, but makes a big dent in the number of things hanging over my head. And by the end of the day I've done hundreds of little things that amounts to a home that I can relax in, without even feeling like I've done much tidying up at all!
I even get the kids in on it, although I give them a smaller number. Before we start an activity they really want to do (such as reading a chapter from the Little House series) I will announce that everyone has to pick up 15 things and put them away. My 2 year doesn't count out fifteen items, he just cleans while his sisters clean and then stops when they stop. Even the 1 year old twins will (sometimes) start putting toys in the toy buckets if they see that everybody else is cleaning up!
How about you? Do you ever trick yourself into cleaning the house?