Thursday, May 26, 2011

31 Days to Clean...

...or as I like to call it *93* Days to Clean!!  I love this book and this challenge, but it's been hard for me to keep up with the daily Martha challenges.  May is a very busy month so I'm not home as much to clean and these are projects that I usually avoid (which is why I so desperately need the challenges!).  So not only do I have to get my regular cleaning done, but also the challenges which often can't be finished in 1 or 2 days for me.  I'm s.l.o.w. when it comes to chores, or anything actually.  I'm a daydreamer...*stops to look outside at clouds, squirrels,and the dog (and I'm not even kidding)* what was I saying??  :)

Homemakers Challenge - 31 Days to Clean

If you are diligently following along with the 31 Days to Clean challenge at Joyful Mothering, then you should be around Day 19ish.  I am starting Day 6!  And you know what?  That's OK, because I am actually getting things done and I'm so happy about it!  Besides, the Martha challenges aren't even the most important part - the Mary challenges are great and just reading the book is so helpful (Thank you Sarah Mae!).

The best thing about this is that it doesn't matter how you go through it - just do it!  Some people do well with a shorter term challenge and some people...*gets up to check on neighbors; decides more coffee is required to finish this post; starts making coffee* where was I??  Some people *ahem* need to take things at a slower pace.  Take it fast or slow or start over or make a list of Martha challenges and do them in any order - whatever works for you.  But most importantly, do read the book and work on the Mary Challenges.  You won't regret it!

And bonus with the Martha challenges, I've been running across some good cleaning tips!  I'll share some next week...*gets fresh cup of coffee; wonders if Kim would like knowing that I'm using coffee cup from FL; counts how many days of school are left for the kiddo (4 1/2!)*...aren't you amazed that I ever actually complete a task??  LOL!

Even Sarah Mae gives you permission to start fresh!  And my friend Stephanie is tackling the 31 days her own way.  Or be encouraged by Stacy, who has kept up with the reading but is plugging away at the challenges slowly.  Each Friday, Christin has a link-up for your 31 Days to Clean posts.  I encourage you to read those - you'll find that everybody is in a different stage - no pressure to be perfect or do it the same as anybody else!

So that's where I'm at!  Can you believe I'm finishing out the post without getting sidetracked again?  :)

Hugs to all!  Be encouraged and do it whatever way works for you!

You can stop over here for more info on the 31 Days to Clean book.


  1. Way to go! My blog may be at Day 19, but I'm not. Shhhhhh! ;-)

    It's OK ~ I've learned a lot by putting on this challenge and I plan to do it again in the future, only better! :) Also, Sarah Mae is coming out with NEW Martha Challenges FREE for those who have the book on June 1st. :) (Check

    These are more like everyday cleaning items. So I'll get to re-do the challenge with new challenges. Yea! :)

    Thanks for joining in and keeping in touch even though you're not on the exact day my blog is. I'm not even on the exact day my blog is! My blog has a mind of it's own. ;-)
    Joyful Mothering

  2. I'm laughing at what Christin said about her blog being on track but not her. LOL!
    I've been to lazy to write a decent post. Okay it's not lazy I just am not inspired right now.
    I'm so glad that you are enjoying that lovely and beautiful cup I bought you. LOL!
    Big side tracking is why everything else gets done and not what I want at the time but all I have to do is start something else and side track to it and all is well size hugs to you!
    Wow did you get all that? LOL!
    Love ya girlie!

  3. It's good to take things at your own pace...that's how you make it work for you! :)

  4. Glad I have some company in the slow and steady camp! It definitely works better this way for me.

  5. There is not a single thing wrong with taking it at your own pace! I had to work ahead a week because we were out of town and I totally didn't do a thing extra all week. I did keep up what I've already done, which is huge for me ;), but nothing more than that. lol! I'm glad I wrote the post as I went along. :D

    Great job!

  6. Amen!! Just like in everything else - do what is best for you and your family!!

  7. I pushed through and did it in 31-days (not breaking on weekends), but I glazed over a lot of Mary challenges, to be honest. It was easier for me to do the Martha ones right now. I didn't do allll of them exactly as described, so yeah... some days were easier than others. But it felt good to get something accomplished. So, yeah, just keep at it... however and whenever you can. Make it yours... it's your house afterall, why not your challenge?! You're doing great!!!


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