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.
Daily: Make 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.
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.