Having been sick since April 13th, I haven’t done much/any housekeeping. Sure the dishes were put in the dishwasher; laundry was done when we ran out of undies; and the sheets were washed multiple times because when you have a fever, you sweat like crazy.
Know what else?? The house is still tidy! Sure, the carpet needs vacuuming and furniture could use dusting. BUT the house generally looks fine. The “old” house would have had stuff piling up everywhere. This is the first time I’ve been sick since we removed 14,680 items from the house (since we began counting). With less clutter, even being out of commission for 4 weeks, everything looks fine.
Other household chores like going through the mail is easier. We have gone electronic for most things. We now get very little physical mail and it is very easy to go through standing at the recycle box. We also stopped all magazine subscriptions and newspaper delivery. Today the only mail was a Mother’s Day card from kiddo #1.
Paying bills has been simplified – I have a list in the bill/paper box so I know what needs to be paid and the due dates. I’m still hesitant to do automatic payment. We have streamlined so much of this that it takes about an hour to get everything done. It used to take all day – literally – to get every check written, address envelopes, put all the info into the budget book. The other thing that weirdly helps is getting paid just once a month. I get paid the last work day of the month, John gets paid the first work day of the month. Bills get paid and we know exactly how much we have left for the month.
I’m so thankful we started thinking about simplifying our lives a few years ago and that decluttering and minimalism are aspects that are working for us.