At 7pm last night, I tweeted:
@mapsgirl: All floors vacuumed. 4 bathrooms cleaned. recycling and garbage organized. kitchen tidied. girls cleaned their rooms. 4 loads laundry.
But by 11pm when I finally colapsed, I added:
- 2 more loads of laundry
- 2 lunches made
- 1 load of laundry actually folded
- more recycling to the garage
- 1 nice hot shower
It was a busy busy day but it was so worth it. After having our family over for Christmas and the house being organized and tidy for a whole week, we said that we wanted to keep it that way. But each day with one little thing being left here and another there, it’s all out of control again. I’m very much to blame for this. My “I’ll do it tomorrow” attitude was catching up with me.
BigDaddy and I recently moved a few things around in our bedroom and made room for a book shelf under the window. And it’s so nice to see all my books again. This created a domino effect because this bookshelf got moved out of the front hallway. The kids shoes that used to be on the shelves are now nicely hidden on a shoe rack in the closet.
We now just have to come up with a plan to keep it this way.
A friend of mine posted her cleaning schedule…and it makes a lot of sense.
Laundry – Do all the clothes on Tuesdays and Fridays. Sheets and towels on Wednesdays. This also includes folding and putting away.
Clean the microwave every Wednesday.
Fridays I pay all the bills and file away whatever I need to keep and shred the rest.
I have a dog so I use a microfiber dust mop every day, usually after my son goes to bed. I also do a house tidy up every night after my son goes to bed.
Dishes – I run the dishwasher every other night and do all the hand washing every night. I let it air dry and put it up every morning.
Beds – If I am working from home, I wait for everyone to leave. If I am going in to the office, I wake up before everyone else and get myself ready for the day. As everyone gets out of bed, we make the bed.
1st Saturday – Clean all the ceiling fans, light bulb check throughout the house and replace the furnace filter
2nd Saturday – Wipe down all the walls and garbage cans
3rd Saturday – Closet, cabinets, drawers, and pantry tidy up
4th Saturday – Clean refrigerator, oven, washing machine and dryer
If there is a 5th Saturday – Party like there is no tomorrow!
This puts a few cleaning activities on each day and would keep things organized. Tho I’m not sure I’ll do laundry on those specific days. I try to do the laundry on Sundays and folding on Monday nights. I’m gonna try it.
Do have a cleaning tip or trick that helps your house stay clean and tidy?