When I first became a homemaker I struggled to get our home clean on a regular basis. I had all the desire to get it done, but I would lose focus easily and find lots of other things to do. Or I would create more messes in one area of the home whilst cleaning another. It seemed like there was always something more to do and I didn’t have time to do it. I wound up cleaning certain areas of the house over and over, while ignoring other areas because I would always start in the same place.
Just when I got a normal routine figured out and was starting to clean the whole house well, we moved house. And the house we got was much bigger! I had the same problem all over again! I couldn’t figure out the routine that worked for me.
Then I sat down and made a list of the rooms that needed cleaning and what it took to clean each room. Then I put each item for cleaning on a weekly calendar, dividing up tasks by day and grouping like tasks together (all sweeping and mopping done on the same day, upstairs vs. downstairs cleaning, etc) . This made such a huge impact on my cleaning schedule! I was suddenly focused on the tasks for the day and not overwhelmed by attempting to clean everything every day. I could even let myself off the hook if I didn’t get everything done because I knew it was on the list for the next week and (really) it could wait.
Having a plan and a list of tasks for my day made keeping my house relatively clean possible. But I found that sometimes I would still be cleaning the same parts of the house over and over and leaving other parts dirty each week. By the time Thursday would roll around, I would be busy with other things and oops, forget to do number four on my task list…for four weeks in a row.
Then I had an aha moment…
I should reverse the order each week. This means that the tasks I would do on Monday one week, would be switched to Friday the next week, and so on. Wednesday is the only day that doesn’t get a reprieve (that might tell you what kind of tasks need to be scheduled for Wednesdays). That way if I didn’t get the tasks done from the week before it was not a whole week until it got done.
Do a little switcheroo and problem solved! it is procrastination and focus-loss proof. It also keeps me on my toes for cleaning and helps make it a little less boring.
So today’s challenge: Map out your house and make a list of the tasks that need to be done each week. Then put each task onto a specific day of the week. Make it something that works with your schedule. If you are gone one whole day out of the week, I don’t recommend putting anything for that day. Similarly, if you are home for an entire day with not much to do around the house, you might consider putting a few extra tasks into that day. Here is mine (sorry for the picture quality):