Read part 1 HERE.
Everything in Its Place
Once the clutter was out of my life, I had to find a place to keep everything and make the rest of my family aware that we all had to do our part so the kids pick up, the husband picks up and we all have more time to be together, having fun! I love this part because I often find little things that I have been missing for months. Suddenly, I have 800 bobby pins, a complete set of hot rollers and all of my sewing notions tucked neatly in my basket.
- Go through all of your drawers, cabinets, closets, baskets of random stuff
- Help everyone in the house by labeling shelves in the linen closet
- Pair up socks, shoes, Tupperware lids, anything that tends to get out of control
Plan Your Schedule
Now that you have a clean house to start with, planning the schedule can begin!
Each lady’s cleaning schedule will be very personal to her expectations of what a clean house should look like and how she wants to spend her time. I’ve read a lot of articles about dusting fan blades weekly and wiping down light switch plates and that’s just not my style so I leave those things off. If those things are important to you, though, definitely make sure to include them in your schedule!
Go from room to room and write a list of the things that you want to do every week. Make a separate list for monthly and seasonal things. If you have pets, make sure to include things like litter box or fish tank cleaning. If you have a porch, patio or yard, you can include those tasks on the list too. Even a small apartment entry way needs sweeping!
Stay On Task
Knowing what I need to do is easy. Doing it daily isn’t always that simple. Like your list is personalized to you, how you keep on top of it will be a personal decision too. I like lists and paper in my hand so I printed each list on a slip of paper that I keep in an envelope on my office wall. Each day, I pull out my list and that’s all of the tasks that I do that day. When I was a teenager, my mom taped a list to the inside cabinet of each room in the house so we always had her expectations for completing chores in plain black and white.
- Pretty stationery to-do list
- To-do List App
- Google calendar,
- A day planner
I clean one room in the house each day. I do deep cleaning too like dusting, vacuuming under the couch, cleaning out the fridge. This way, the sheets are always clean, the TV is always dusted and I don’t have to break my back to get a really clean house. I set my timer to 20 minutes and try to get it all done in that amount of time. If I’m not messing with my phone or watching TV, I can get everything done with minutes to spare.
Maintaining the Mess
In the evening before bed, the whole family does a speed clean for 5 minutes through the entire house because we all make messes throughout the day. We try to clean up after ourselves as we cook, craft and play. The kids love the speed clean and they will often race to see who can clean faster.
- Hang towels up after a shower
- put dirty laundry directly in the laundry basket
- have everyone tidy up before bed (or whenever works for your family)
- If you don’t have a dishwasher, keep a few inches of hot soapy water in the sink during the day
I hope that this plan helps you all to maintain a tidy house with your new, personalized cleaning schedule. With a clean slate to start with, a major de-clutter session and a good plan of attack, you’ll be spending less time on chores and more time doing things that you want to do! Get the family working with you and make sure to schedule a day off for yourself too.
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