Monday, February 27, 2012

Making and Keeping with a Cleaning Schedule


I don't like to clean house. I love a clean house, but I just don't like to clean. I'd rather be reading, blogging, cooking, gardening, sewing, or crafting. Growing up my mother had a cleaning lady come every two weeks. She was a stay-at-home mom who was lucky enough to be able to hire some help. With my three older brothers, she needed all the help she could get. 


While I was working as a teacher, raising two boys, and helping Hubby with his business, I also had a lady come in every other week. Now that I'm working at home, I clean the house myself. In order to get it done without procrastinating, I had to create a schedule for myself. I guess, as a teacher, I'm used to schedules. 




I used to clean the house all in one day. That made for a very long day, and I dreaded when cleaning day rolled around each week. When I decided to split up the cleaning chores, I was much happier, and my house was cleaner. Now I spend less time cleaning, because I can quickly finish my chores for the day and have time to do what I enjoy.




DailyMake bed. Wash dishes. Wipe off kitchen and bathroom counters and shower door. Pick up clutter. Dust mop kitchen and den.

Monday: Wash sheets, towels, and bath rugs.
This is also my day to do all my personal and business paperwork (pay bills, file, invoices, etc.).

Tuesday: Clean the kitchen.
 I clean the sink, counters, and appliances. I check the frig, throw out any old food, and wipe down the shelves. I also run errands and schedule appointments on Tuesday.

Wednesday: Wash clothes. Clean bathrooms.
 Today's the day I wash, fold, and put away all the clothes. I've always done laundry in a single day. When I was working, this was done on Saturday.

Thursday: Dust.
 I use my swiffer duster on all the furniture, lamps, books, knick-knacks, baseboards, blinds, and fans. I use a furniture polish on the furniture every two weeks. Thursday is also grocery shopping day.

Friday: Sweep. Mop. Vacuum.
I dust mop throughout the week, but this is the day I move furniture and get up all the hidden dust bunnies and dog hair. About once a month, I vacuum under the cushions. 
 


 
Make a cleaning schedule and use it as a guide. Don't let it keep you from doing things that you enjoy. If a friend calls one morning and wants to meet for lunch, or the kids need your attention, don't worry about your cleaning chores for that day. Leave it for another day or if you can, next week. Just don't make a habit of skipping a chore every week. The idea is to keep up with the cleaning so that no job takes very long to complete.



9 comments:

  1. Sounds like you've found a system that orks or you. Love catching a glimpse into your home. I think it's almost time for spring cleaning!

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    1. Alana, spring has arrived in Texas. My spring cleaning started early since I'm getting the house ready for a wedding shower in 3 weeks.

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  2. I am an all in one day girl ... and a slight freak ... as I love housecleaning.

    Fondly,
    Glenda

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    1. Glenda, I wish I loved cleaning! I think growing up as a tomboy with three older brothers cured me of that. Now I just look at it as something I must do, like going to the dentist.

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  3. I used to be a clean all in one day girl when I was a young stay at home mom. Then I went back to teaching and eventually hired someone to come every other week. Now, I'm resigned and a not so young stay at home mom. I have to break the cleaning up into little daily/weekly chores. I made myself a schedule which I have yet to follow. Thanks for encouraging me to have a little self discipline and get it done.
    BTW, I'm in Texas too. In a suburb north of Houston. Are you local?
    Sharon @ mrs. hines class

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    1. Sharon, we're practically neighbors!
      I've found that cleaning house was a lot easier when I was young. Now when I clean, I think of it as exercise, and that it will help me reach my goal weight. I put on some old rock music and try to make it fun.

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  4. p.s.
    I've been following in google reader, and now have joined in as a Linky Follower.

    Sharon @ mrs. hines class

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  5. I have a cleaning schedule too. I've had one for 20 years. I have a cleaning business. I'm the lady that comes every two weeks...or every week if you have an office/business. A cleaning schedule for my house, on the other hand, not so much. In fact, I pay my daughter to clean:)

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    1. I don't think I'd be too successful cleaning houses. One house is enough for me.

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