Last Wednesday I talked about my children's chores (see HERE), and so this week I wanted to talk about my part of the chores!
I've said here before that I have issues with being OCD about the cleanliness of my house...and I don't say that lightly. It really is a struggle for me to let go of my control when it comes to messes and tidiness.
So when I developed a cleaning schedule, it wasn't because it would never get done...it was because that was ALL that was getting done and I'd sacrifice playing with my kids for various housekeeping tasks.
I didn't used to clean every day, but I would often find myself panicking that something needed dusted, vacuumed or swept. And the NEED was really just me over-reacting about a small mess my critical eye would spot!
Then I got a breath of fresh air, when I read a series of posts my MOMYS friend, Amy (check here, here and here!). She presented the idea that she doesn't think "fly by the seat of your pants" is God's design...even when it comes to cleaning...because He is a God of timing and order... who orchestrated creation in seven specific days (along with seasons, a rising/setting sun, etc).
Before reading her post, I had some daily activities I did, but now I actually have a system! It now looks like this:
-Weekly Cleaning Activity (see below)
-Daily Focus Area (see below)
-Laundry Maintain (daily keeping up with loading, switching and folding laundry)
Weekly Cleaning Schedule:
Monday--Laundry (since I don't do laundry on the weekends, this is my day to catch up and the rest of the week I maintain).
Tuesday--Dusting (the boys help me with sock on hands!)
(My husband and I's personal preference is a "clean house" on the weekends, not the beginning of the week...so this schedule helps us to feel like our house is clean come weekend!)
Daily Focus Area:
(Giving attention to each room a day at a time!)
Monday--Bedrooms (wash linens, declutter dressers, check under beds, etc)
Tuesday--Living Room (declutter bookshelves, tables, etc)
Wednesday--Kitchen (clean microwave, oven, fill containers, etc)
Thursday--Dining Room (clean off chairs, reorganize school area, etc)
Friday--Bathrooms (showers, straighten, switch towels, etc)
Saturday--Upstairs (pick up, clean, declutter, etc)
The way I did my cleaning schedule works SO well for me! I feel like this saved my life! I don't get stressed anymore about little "messes" I see, because I can just think to myself, "I'll get to that on...(appointed cleaning day)." Of course, big, obvious messes (like spills and such) do get cleaned up right away!
When our family was smaller, one cleaning day worked great for me, but these days that just doesn't work very well! So my house may not be totally clean at one time, but the rotation keeps my house in good, clean, working order!
And since I *LOVE* checklists, I also love when I get all four of my daily chores checked off!
This post is also linked to Real Clean Wednesday (and I'll be guest posting there next week!) and Works For Me Wednesday!