November is National House Cleaning Month.
If you’re a clean freak—or maybe just normal—you probably fainted at the idea that housework should have to be a goal. (I’ll bet you’re signed up for NaNoWriMo.) In any case, that’s a true goal for me. Feel free to set a goal that’s a challenge, but in line with your own situation. The point is to pry our fingers off these keyboards and get us clearing out the clutter and grime that accumulates in our non-fiction worlds. You know it nags you!
Through the month of November, you’ll see my little progress meter to the right, tracking my progress. If you’d like to track your progress on your blog, get your free meter here.
So, if you’re obsessed with writing to the point that your dust bunnies look more like dust hippos—join us!
Every minute of cleaning counts towards your goal for the month. In addition to the usual things like dusting, vacuuming, toilet and shower scrubbing, you may also count:
- Laundry sorting, loading, folding, and putting away, but not the actual washer/dryer cycle time.
- Cleaning up after meal preparation and serving: including loading the dishwasher, and putting away dishes, plus washing by hand time, but not the automatic dishwasher running time.
You may not include in total minutes:
- Shopping (not even for groceries or cleaning supplies)
- Eating (though you can count the time it takes to clean the food off your keyboard )
- Thinking about cleaning (including pep talk time
- Writing (that’s how you got yourself into this mess)
Happy Cleaning! (Yeah, that’s an oxymoron for me too.)