During a walk with our dogs, we had mourned the days when we had jobs that warranted hiring people to keep our homes tidy for us and how the feeling of “everything clean at once” was not happening now that we were stay at home moms. Oh, everyone was fed and clothed and breathing, but our homes would get vacuumed and dusted or the kitchen was clean for 30 minutes, but never all at the same time. So we thought we’d try cleaning both of our homes TOGETHER at the same time in one 5 hour period of time.
And it worked! I would vacuum and dust at her house while she cleaned the kitchen, bathrooms and floors and we would swap roles at my house, spending 2.5 hours on each home. Of course the day before we would do laundry, change sheets, put away mounds of toys and shoes and junk and HAIR ACCESSORIES in preparation for our cleaning day. The point is IT WORKED! And we chatted while we worked and asked important questions and caught up on each other’s daily lives.
Here’s the thing… when your friend is vacuuming in the other room you CANNOT stop and chat with your mother on the phone for 45 minutes. While she dusts you don’t get rabbit-trailed into another side project when you should be scrubbing the tub. You use every loving minute of that 2.5 hours to stay completely focused so that when times up your house is totally clean!
Those were purposeful days. And on one such day, during a hypothetical conversation about how we would spend all of our time when our youngest kids went to school full time in the fall, our business was born. And now we don’t clean house together anymore, we just don’t really have that luxury of time. But I miss those days spent serving my best friend and being served by her. Rich times indeed!