Be ready for anything

November 9, 2020
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By Julie Short

Mansfield Record

If you’re old enough to read this, you have probably already learned that life can be very unexpected. Our routines are always being interrupted and that is not necessarily a bad thing, it helps keep things exciting. Having your house clean at all times (that doesn’t mean perfect, but basically in order) will help keep you keep your sanity when the unexpected does occur.

I know I can’t be the only one who has friends and neighbors just drop by sometimes. Family has been known to pop in without notice before as well. Personally, I do not mind the surprise visits and I know part of the reason is because my house is usually in order. I do not have to panic or make excuses for how things look.

How about vacation time? Yes, you plan your vacation but how many of us are scurrying around getting the house in order when we should be finding the perfect earrings to go with that cute little dress we want to wear for the special dinner planned on the trip? There will always be last-minute things that need to be done to your house, but if you are staying on top of the cleaning in minutes a day, you will have more time to concentrate on the fun you are about to have.

Births, deaths and unexpected illnesses are part of this life and whether it’s happening under your roof or with friends or relatives. The last thing you want to worry about during these occasions is your house being a wreck. You may end up with company staying in your home or you may have to be away. Either way, you want to have your house in order for your peace of mind.

Julie Short has been married to her husband, Stoney, since 1997. She is currently working on a series of books known as Julie’s Simple Solutions. She is a Mansfield resident, business owner and member of the Mansfield City Council.

Find her book “Cleaning Your House in Minutes a Day” at

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