My mom ran a tight ship when I was a kid. My brother and I both did all kinds of scheduled chores around the house, and as I moved out and got my own place, I definitely took a break from any sort of regimented cleaning situations. Poor roommates, I apologize to you all again.
Fast forward to married Jess with her own condo and during this phase of my life I generally cleaned on weekends. Week days are too busy with work, gym, cooking, fun, tv, etc…no time for cleaning. This also meant cleaning often was skipped or just barely done because I was busy doing other stuff. (ps my house did get cleaned…but Josh helped a lot)
Fast forward to now Jess. This Jess works 30 hours a week, has a 14 month old, a husband, parents near by, church, and tries to have some friends too. I know there are a thousand people who have more going on than me, and still manage to keep a spotless house, cook new and exciting meals for their families, and craft all day, but that’s not me, to say the least. I’m just happy if the the baby and I are showered and fed most days, and then I’m supposed to scrub a couple of toilets? Not.Happening.
So like any other rational person, I began scouring Pinterest for ideas. I found a few things which are all pinned neatly in my “Clean & Organized” board, obviously. I tried them all, but nothing really seemed to stick. Lets be honest, unless your “amazing the uses for baking soda and vinegar!” ideas come with a fairy who will actually pour the hideous smelling vinegar and scrub the baking soda into the place, its not going to make my house sparkle.
Until I found THIS amazing little gem on Pinterest. This post got me thinking, if I can tackle just one thing a day, I can do anything. I did hesitate for a minute, because if you’re used to a dedicated “house cleaning day” where everything gets scrubbed and sparkly at once, this looks a little weird. My concern was that I would be annoyed that not everything was clean all at once. I gave it a shot anyway, and I am telling you, its amazing!
If you check out her site, she has this amazing chore list, and you just do a few things every day. We tweaked ours a little bit, for example, there are just the two of us, plus one nugget, so we’re not taking out the trash every day, but the general principles apply.
We have been using this handy little chore chart for almost two weeks now, and I can honestly say that I’ve never felt more peaceful in my home. I’m busier now than I’ve ever been, and the chaos and clutter in my home just intensified the chaos in my heart. This schedule makes the cleaning manageable, even fast, and my house has never been more clean! If time management and craziness is a struggle for you, I am telling you, get on the cleaning schedule band wagon!!!!