So as we have already discussed, I am a bit of a cleaner. And being the end of 2014, it is time to look at my cleaning schedule for the next year.
I detest cleaning because it takes time away from my kiddos and from a happy life. It robs me of my serenity. But however strongly I feel about cleaning, I feel one hundred times worse about mess (in particular clutter) because… well it just sends me crazy! ESPECIALLY in my kitchen. A messy or cluttered kitchen is my psychological downfall!
The problem is, I ALSO hate feeling like I am loosing my mind and out of control… and if I don’t clean, that is how I feel.
So after a few incidents a couple of years ago where I completely forgot a number of very special things (like my daughter’s first “casual day” at her school, doctors appointments and playdates) where I felt like I was the worst mother in the world, I decided to put together a household folder. We will take a look at the folder at a later date, but basically it is where everything goes that keeps me organised – or at least helps me feel slightly more sane.
Part of this household folder is a cleaning schedule. I have a short term (daily, weekly, and monthly cleaning) and long term (spring cleaning and maintenance). Today I am going to tell you about the short term schedule.
BUT FIRST OF ALL: It is really important that you know and understand this. This schedule is really just a guide. If I don’t get to Tuesday’s jobs then I don’t. Most weeks I miss at least one day. I also know it is more important to clean the toilet than dust in the office… so things get swapped around all the time depending on what is going on. AND this year (2014), being my youngest child’s last year at home before he ventures into the big world of primary school, I knew that time with him and creating memories (for me as well as him) was much MUCH more important than a spotless house. I’ve had situations occur that have meant my brain has tried to convince my heart otherwise – but honestly – I know that being his mum is more than about “keeping house”. PLEASE try to learn that if you don’t already know it. A perfectly clean house is NOT the goal, a sane Mum is.
So the story continues: I’ve had a jobs list ever since… well ever since I can remember really. Mum gave me a list of jobs most days as a kid, especially in the holidays, presumably because I was one of those “Muuuum! I’m Boooooooored!” sort of kids. So now I am kind of addicted to writing lists and organising – even if it doesn’t always keep me organised and it drives people bonkers.
My sister says that I probably spend more time planning than I do doing. But I think I spend less time doing because I plan.
Anyway, to start organising my cleaning schedule I looked at these fantastic PDFs from the Martha Stewart website:
Please remember, this is just a guide… and my guide… it works for me. Feel free to use it, or not, or pick to pieces so that it works for you.
Most importantly, don’t aim for perfection… just aim for feeling like you are doing okay… for sanity…
And please comment below. Say Hi, and let me know, are you a scheduler? do you have a cleaning plan for your house? How do you manage cleaning and running your family?