As I consolidated my craft closet and my craft/storage cabinet last week, I ran across something that I received at a mom’s group meeting years ago. An older lady from the church spoke to us about home management. She had made up a cleaning schedule that she passed out.
Obviously I knew I needed it because I kept it all these years.
All these years without ever actually using it.
Anyway, I’ve been thinking a lot about her schedule. She divided things up into yearly, every six months, quarterly, monthly, weekly, and daily tasks.
For daily tasks she has 5 things:
– Pick up clutter.
– Make beds.
– Do laundry.
– Sweep kitchen and high-traffic areas.
– Unload dishwasher.
My daily task list has, let’s just say, a lot more.
My daily task list is now an on-paper-checklist that I created a few weeks ago. But when I started 5 months ago, it was simply my attempt to create some habits. Habits which seem to come naturally to some people, but not to me.
Each week I worked on a new habit. I have to do this because saying “do laundry” doesn’t work for me. I have “Complete a load of laundry” on my daytime list, but then I also have “Check laundry” on my evening task list because that’s how my oft-scattered brain works. I can completely forget a load of laundry for days if things get busy. More times than I care to admit, I’ve had to re-wash a load that I left in the washing machine too long. Sometimes the same load three and four times.
And “pick up clutter” is a little vague for me as well. For example, I had to build the habit of specifically checking the bathrooms for clutter daily, because otherwise I don’t even see the clutter in there.
I am interested in her other “how often” tasks. Like “clean carpet yearly.” I’m guessing that doesn’t mean vacuum?
You may have noticed that I haven’t added a new non-negotiable task this week. After seeing this list, and how short her daily tasks are, I have been thinking. I don’t want to add something just because it’s a new week.
When I do the things already on my list, the house looks nice. As I go about doing my current tasks, if I notice something that I “should really make a habit of” I’ll add it as a new non-negotiable.
But really, I need to start working on the weekly tasks. You know, the unpleasant ones like bathroom cleaning, mopping, etc that should be done a little less randomly than I do now.
As for today, I’ve done well with my daily tasks. I’ve closed cabinet doors, made bed, swept kitchen, emptied dishwasher, cleaned kitchen, made a to-do list, did a 5 minute pickup, ran two loads of laundry, checked bathrooms for clutter, put away clothes in master bedroom. And last night I made lunches and put out clothes and cleaned the kitchen and ran the dishwasher. (It sounds like a lot when written like that, but total it takes less than 30 minutes.)
This is the first day in several that I’ve done all of my tasks, and I hope to continue doing well with my evening ones even though LOST starts tonight!!!!!!!!