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Cleaning Schedule Revised

A couple weeks ago my topic was my organizing my cleaning schedule.  I put together a cleaning scheduled based on various sources for what needed cleaning weekly, monthly, every 6 months, and yearly.  I had an idea for keeping my house clean in which I would complete one or two of my weekly tasks per day.  I was very optimistic that if I did this, I would be able to maintain a sparkly clean house week after week.  Well, I’m writing to share that for me, that idea stinks!  I kept it up faithfully for about a week and a half.  Then I realized I was becoming the Cleaning Nazi.  That darn schedule on the refrigerator was ruling my life.  I was skipping runs, opportunities to play games with my kids, time with my husband, or staying up late just so I could mark off the little X by “vacuuming” or “dusting” or “bathrooms.”  It hit me one evening after dinner when my husband asked me to come join he and kids in the living room.  “I can’t,” I replied, “I haven’t done my dusting yet.”

“You know you don’t have to dust right now, right?” he asked.  “Come spend some time with us.”

I have had to do some reflecting about what I really want to be.  Do I want to be organized?  Yes.  Do I want to have a clean house? Yes.  Do I want to do all this at the expense of my family? No. I have a lot I want to/need to accomplish in my day.  I homeschool, so a significant portion of my day is dedicated to schooling the kids.  In between I have laundry, meals, dishes, playing with/entertaining/educating/keeping up with the destruction of my preschoolers, personal Bible study, preparations for my children’s church lessons, exercise, taking kids to practice, maintaining my marriage, blogging/organizing — you all know how it is — we are busy people!  There aren’t possibly enough hours in a day to fit it all in.  Something has to give.  I’ve decided that something will be my dream of the perfectly shiny-clean house.  I’m not going to give up my running time anymore; for me it’s too important and keeps me sane. I also want my family to know that my priority is them, not my house. That doesn’t mean I’m going to quit cleaning all-together.  It just means that I can’t do major cleaning items each day.  I’m going to have to go back to doing what I can to maintain during the week and doing the majority of my cleaning Friday afternoon/Saturday morning.  If some of my weekly cleaning tasks don’t get done in a week, well, that’s okay.  I’ll start there next week.

I am keeping my schedule on the refrigerator.  It serves to keep me focused on what I need to get accomplished.  But I’m not going to obsess if one or two items are left un-checked.  Using it for the past 2+ weeks now has also made me see that it needed a bit of revision, so I’m making my revised version available below. I added my daily maintaining routine, and made it available in a couple different colors just for fun.  If you don’t like my list, you can make your own with the customizable schedule.  (I got a little carried away. :-)) Off to clean my counters – yippee!

Cleaning Schedule Torquoise

Cleaning Schedule Yellow

Cleaning Schedule Red

Cleaning Schedule Customize

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About easygoingorganizer

I am wife to the world's nicest man, mother to four lively/intelligent/beautiful children, daughter to two incredible parents, sister to four amazing siblings, aunt to nine fun-loving nephews and two sweet nieces, friend, teacher turned homeschooler, runner and aspiring organizing maven. Most importantly, I am a woman of faith and unapologetically blend my faith and my God into all that I do because it is ". . . in Him we live and move and exist . . ." (Acts 17:28).

2 responses »

  1. While I’m not yet a mother, I can sympathize with you about missing runs to clean. I have to give myself a way to de-stress every day.

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