So, I've learned something that I want to share with all my friends:
HOUSEWORK DONE INCORRECTLY, STILL BLESSES YOUR FAMILY!
And on that note, some confessions:
I have removed my makeup with a cotton pad and then used it to wipe down my vanity.
I have quickly swiped a dusty baseboard with a clean piece of toilet paper (dust flushes)!
I have used my son's worn-but-not-actually-dirty sock to mop up drips from bathtime.
I have scrubbed the toilet bowl without any bowl cleaner.
I have used a piece of dirty laundry to wipe down the top-inside of my washing machine before tossing it in the load.
I have used a baby wipe to clean the inside of my car (not the windows) while at a stop light.
I have used waterless hand sanitizer to get ink off hard surfaces.
I have scrubbed only the bad spots on my floor with the sink sponge before tossing it and getting a new one.
I have used the spent hand towl from the half-bath to wipe down the entire bathroom with just water before laundering it.
And you know what - it's working. I do what I can in the moment and there's some level of forward movement. I throw more away. I keep less. I give more. I sell more. I clean less. Because, as it turns out, you really can't clean clutter - you can only move it. So. I'm chosing to move it right out of my house!
While these specific tips haven't come from flylady.net, the concept has. You're not behind, jump in where you are. Fling Boogie. Fire Drill. Weekly Home Blessing. Zone Cleaning. It has taken time, but I have built some core routines and am proud to say that my sink is shiny, my dishes caught-up, the laundry managed, and the house is closer to being on auto-pilot each week. I don't feel guilty about the "hot-spots" that still exist, I don't feel the weight of mountains of clutter or laundry, and I don't have CHAOS (can't have anyone over syndrome). I'm rather quite enjoying coming downstairs for work each morning and seeing my lovely entry table clear except for the lovely vase and flowers on it!
And my sweet hubby and son are joining in, whether they realize it or not. My behavior (improved attitude about cleaning in general) and routines have rubbed off on them. Hooray for teamwork and a happy, mostly clean, home.