A Plan for the Housekeeping-Challenged
I said I would share my cleaning plan, and I will. First, though, I should say that there are lots of great systems out there, I am only sharing mine because maybe somewhere there is another mom who has the same kind of brain as me and will find this useful.
Also, a confession: I am great at coming up with systems, not so great at keeping up with them. Some weeks, my cleaning plan sits collecting dust while I attend to other things. However, when I do buckle down, this is the easiest way I’ve found of doing things. I’ve taken suggestions from several books and websites and made a plan that works for me.
It is slightly embarrassing to admit that I need this list! I am just not a natural housekeeper, which seems so unladylike! Yet, it is better to just face it already and do what I have to do to keep up. This is what I have to do to keep up.
My cleaning schedule has three sections, Daily (things I need to do each morning and evening), Weekly, and Declutter.
Here’s a week’s sample.
Make bed (Yes, I need a reminder still)
Go over priorities for day
Any evening chores not done
Wipe down counters/toilets in bathrooms
Put away toys, mail, etc.
Dining room table cleared and cleaned
Go over lesson plans for next day
Monday: Living room
Fridays: School area/Clean out purse and car/Plan school week
Saturday: Catch up on any chores not done
I try to spend an hour or so every day on weekly chores. It hardly ever happens, so oftentimes I am doing all my catching up on Saturdays. For each weekly area, I actually have a checklist with details for each room. (Such as, vacuum, dust, scrub shower, etc.) You would think after ten years in the same house I wouldn’t need it, but I actually still use this list.
Monday: Video cabinet
Wednesday: Bathroom cabinet
When making my schedules, I added all the little areas that need regular de-cluttering. They repeat about every two months. I have 18 cleaning weeks, to coincide with my menu plans. This way, whatever week I am on, it is all there in my little binder: Menus, grocery lists, and cleaning schedules.
Tomorrow or Monday, I’ll share about making a homekeeping book for your daughters.