When you sing, you begin with ♪’Do Re Mi’♪ (♪Do Re Mi♪). When you clean, you begin with ABC (ABC?), Yes, ABC . . . thank you Julie Andrews. :)
Anyway, a phrase came into my mind yesterday afternoon:
“The ABC’s of Cleaning the House“
Silly right? ha. You haven’t read the rest of the ridiculous story yet.
A lot of what I clean seems to start with just a few letters. C, for example: closets, cabinets, couches, chairs, counters, cobwebs, clutter, clothes, courtyard, and ceiling fans. That doesn’t lend itself very well to the use of the entire alphabet, so I spent most of yesterday afternoon thinking up names for my daily tasks that can start with all 26 letters.
That wasn’t all, though. I could only have one word or phrase represent each letter so that when I’m tearing through the house, doing my ABC’s, I can remember what was what. That means I also needed EVERYTHING to fit into the 26 categories represented by the alphabet. Almost all of my letters give me a 5-minute chore to do.
I was tempted to title this entry JOY, because that is what my adventure in cleaning was today. First, I spent a good deal of my morning sorting all the tasks into their various letters. Then I typed up a very attractive little poster, made 5 copies of it, and taped them to the insides of a few cabinets so I’ll have easy access in case I forget what the next letter stands for.
Because of the prep work involved, and having plenty of other things to do with my day, I didn’t actually get started cleaning until after 4:00pm, but by 5:30, I was already to J! I did K after we got home from going out for Friday dinner, and then had to stop because it was family time. It was so fun, I can hardly wait to get started again tomorrow!!!
Should I share what my categories are? Probably. I think it would help others, but not right now. My document isn’t on this computer and I’d much rather copy and paste than to sit here and type it all again.