You guys are total champs for hanging in there with me this week! I know I’ve shared a lot of tips, tricks and how to’s which is a bit of a departure from the painted furniture and decorating that I normally showcase. I’ve gotten a few requests for more organization and real life topics lately, so I figured this would be the perfect week to address some of them given school is starting soon.
I, like many of you, have had a few conversations with my friends lately about balance and the need to get it “ALL done.” It can be overwhelming at times. I know a lot of you are hard working moms and I don’t take your time lightly. I want you to have a beautiful and functional home. I want you to find time to be creative. I want you to have a clean house but also be able to give yourself grace if you see a furball or two in the corner because you just can’t do. One. More. Thing. No worries, you’ll get there and I will too. We just have to encourage each other along the way.
I wanted to share with you a shortcut I’ve discovered recently that’s been a real game changer in the way I tackle housework. I used to do all of my cleaning in one day. I would spend an entire Friday cleaning the house from top to bottom. Laundry, toilets, mopping – the works. It’s no wonder I was wiped by 7pm and ready to fall asleep to the sweet scent of pine by 7:30. Lately, I haven’t been able to find an entire day to do it all. It made me frustrated. It’s hard to feel creative or productive sometimes when you work from home and there’s a huge heap of “to do” staring you in the face.
But I gave myself some grace. I got a new plan together and it’s working out really well. I realized I didn’t have to do it all in one day, I just had to find time to do 30-45 minutes each day. This is my new cleaning schedule:
- Sunday – Church/Family Time/Relax
- Monday – Laundry: wash, fold, put away, wash people bedding and dog bedding too
- Tuesday – Bedrooms: pick up, dust, vacuum, clean bedroom mirrors
- Wednesday – Kitchen: clean out refrigerator, clean microwave, clean stove, scrub sinks, sweep, mop, take trash cans out to curb
- Thursday – Bathrooms: clean toilets, sinks, bathtubs, showers, mirrors, sweep, mop
- Friday – Living/Dining Room/Office: dust, vacuum
- Saturday – Meal plan, grocery shop, yard work if needed, wash pets, fill bird feeders
- Daily: make bed, water plants, wipe kitchen counters/sanitize food prep areas, pick up clutter, sort mail, sweep, meal prep, load/unload dishwasher, make coffee/delay brew, review schedule for next day
This new schedule has made such a huge difference already! It’s easy enough for every one to follow and pitch in yet flexible enough I can change out days according to my schedule if needed. I no longer cringe when I find out with a few hours notice the cable guy is coming for maintenance or someone wants to come over for an impromptu lunch. It took me a bit to form these new habits but it finally feels manageable. If you want to print a copy of my weekly cleaning schedule to use it in your home too click here.
As I shared yesterday, incorporating this cleaning schedule as part of my morning routine has helped me to have a task oriented mindset all day long. I used to constantly struggle with time management and prioritizing but now I’m making so much progress. If you find you have more time to utilize a cleaning schedule at night because you have limited time in the morning, develop a nightly routine that you’ll be able to stick with. The key to lasting change is consistency. You guys, we can do this. I know it!
I hope you all have a fun filled and relaxing weekend.