I have three young children. You can walk into my house at any time, and there will probably be a mess somewhere. But, the house is clean. Yes, messy and dirty are not the same. Messes happen in a moment, but dirt happens over time. But, with kids especially, dirt takes a lot less time to happen, too. So, I had to come up with a plan that would allow me to separate my cleaning throughout the week. As much as I would like to think I am some kind of Super-Human, I can not clean EVERYTHING EVERY DAY. Read on for my ideas.
Make a Master List
As with any planning, you have to know what activities have to be accomplished. So, I went from room to room and listed what each one would need to be “clean” any given week. For example, the master bedroom would need: change the sheets, dust the fan, put any clothes away that have been sitting on top of the dresser all weekend, sweep under the bad, dust the bookshelf, clean the windows….you get the idea. Kepe each room on it’s own piece of paper, to make the next step easier. But, go through every room & even your storage spaces (garage, closets) & the outside of your home, too. There will be some tasks, like changing the air filters in the house, that only get done every few months. List those too. And make note of them on week 4, or whatever the task calls for.
Pick and Choose
Luckily, not every task on your Master List will require the same amount of elbow-grease or time. Make your list of Monday-Sunday, and start dividing tasks among the days. Clean toilets on the same day as you wipe down the shower and bathtub, since it makes sense to do them both the same day. Dust everything in the bedrooms on the same day as you launder the bedding, since the dust can get washed away with the dirt. But, put only a couple of heavy-duty tasks per day. There are not that many that have to get done throughout the week, so spread them out. Also, some tasks that you list may not “need” to get done every week, but once you check them week to week, there will be no big dirt anymore. Unless your kids decide to dump an entire 4 pound box of baking soda in the living room. Now, that is a mess….
Just Do It
Everyday, you are going to clean. Every.Day. But, some tasks will seem so easy & take no time at all. Check off your list as you go. You would save a lot of time to type up your tasks on some kind of calendar or just a weekly checklist, then make several copies to go through that month. This is where you could add “Change Water Filter” or whatever periodic tasks you have to the sheet. That way, nothing gets overlooked.
I do not enjoy cleaning, really. It feels like that is all I do….a lot of the time. But, keeping a list and checking off tasks as I go make me both feel like I am accomplishing something & make me know that the house is not a filthy mess. Is it a mess? Yes. But it is not filthy. And yes, there IS a difference!