Thursday, October 4, 2012

Day 4 - Cleaning Schedule - 31 Days of Keeping Your Head Above Water


I hate to clean.  With six kids who are home all day long, my house gets very messy, very quickly.  My house is never perfectly clean, but my aim is to have it presentable.  This is one area that I really struggle with.  But, having a plan always helps!


How do you make a cleaning schedule?  You have several options.  You can follow an already developed plan (like flylady or motivated moms).   This option works for many people.  I love to plan, though.  So, I make my own cleaning schedule.  If keeping it was only as fun!

If you decide to make your own, here's what you need to do:

  • Make a list of everything that needs to be done and how often you need to do it
  • Decide if anyone else can do any of the cleaning chores
  • Find time in your schedule to complete your cleaning
  • Write down what you need to do each day
  • Every day check your list and do the things on your list
Make your list realistic for you and your home.  Everyone has differing opinions about how often each job needs done ... some people may mop their floors every day while others may only feel the need to mop once a month.  The beauty of making your own schedule is that you can decide what is priority in your home!


I like to approximate how much time (I've actually timed myself doing certain chores to get accurate numbers) each chore takes.   When I think about having to unload the dishwasher, realizing it only takes me 5 minutes makes it seem like less of a chore.  Knowing I can sweep the kitchen floor in 3 minutes, makes it seem more doable.  


I have a list of occasional chores that need done.  Things like wiping down baseboards, cleaning ceiling fans, or deep cleaning the second bathroom which is the daily job for my oldest.  I schedule these things in my iCal, and set them to recur every month.   Then, every day I have one chore to do.  Over the month I get all those occasional things done.  If I miss it one month, I'll get it the next month .. no big deal.  

A cleaning schedule gives you a map to follow as you care for your home.  Until I get a maid or a self cleaning house,  I have to clean.  A schedule helps things to get done.

Having a cleaning schedule can help keep your head above water.  

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