Hello all! I wanted to share how I was doing on my Cleaning Calendar. It’s been a week since I started doing the cleaning calendar (Organization) & I’m doing pretty good!! I still have areas I need to work on, but I’m doing better!! I feel good about how my house looks, and I wouldn’t be completely freaked out if someone popped over for a visit.
After a week my kitchen, my living room, hallway & bathroom are all still cleaned. We don’t have the cash to re-do our kitchen countertops, so we went & purchased some contact paper and covered the old, and it looks amazing!! I told you I am not a good house keeper!! Never really have been, but with this calendar I feel like a good house keeper! I modified the calendar to fit my family’s needs & what I think is important. I do DAILY eight chores. In the morning I make beds, wipe bathroom counters/sinks (this means clearing the clutter from them also), empty dishwasher, do one load of Laundry, & the chore of the day. Since I have back pain, this has been good for me, because I can do them all at once or I can space them out with breaks in between. At night I load dishwasher (& run it), clean the kitchen counters/sink (clearing clutter that has piled up during the day), & sweep the kitchen floor. Just doing this alone has helped keep my house clean, but I’ve also been making daily & weekly goals for myself, little projects that I want done; like today I’m going to clean all the ceiling fans in the house & de-clutter my computer desk. I’ve found that if I’m doing my “chores” my children don’t complain about their chores. If I have a good attitude about my chores, my children have a good attitude about their chores!!
Here’s what my chore of the day –
Monday Catch-up day/Coupons (cut coupons & organize them)
Tuesday Clean oven, microwave & fridge
Wednesday Dust & Vacuum
Thursday Mop Floors
Friday Swing Day (see list below)
Saturday Family Time
- 1st week – Wipe down furniture & cabinets
- 2nd week – Clean Mirrors & windows
- 3rd week – Wipe down walls & doors
- 4th week – Change Sheets/Project
I found a book at a yard sale that is helping me organize bigger “projects” it’s called The One-Minute Organizer by Donna Smallin. She has loads of ideas & tips to help you get organized! She says to “start with today’s mess. Do whatever it takes to keep up with daily mail, dishes, and laundry. Then set aside time to catch up.” That goes right along with my calendar so I added a project day to my swing day just to work on bigger projects. She also says to “Be realistic about you can and can’t do.” Your house isn’t going to get clean & organized in one day! Just tackle one thing at a time, eventually your whole house will be cleaned. I’ve heard this saying before at church or somewhere, “If you do what you’ve always done, then don’t expect different results. If you want different results, do something different.” That’s what I’m doing… doing something different! I’ve tried to be the housekeeper my grandmother was, it doen’t work for me! I’m not her! But what does work for me is the cleaning calendar.
So here’s my challenge to you, try the cleaning calendar for one month. See if it works for you, if it doesn’t find something different – just DON’T QUIT! Keep trying until you find something that works!