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March MAIDness: Day 2 – Where to Start

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This entry is part 2 of 20 in the series March Maidness

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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):

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Series Navigation<< March MAIDness: Day One – The EssentialsMarch MAIDness: Day 4 – Maintenance Schedule >>

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