Friday, August 24, 2012

A clean house... almost

 About a year ago, I started to follow the flylady method of keeping my house clean. And I did pretty well at it... until I didn't anymore. :)

Since then I've just been struggling to stay on top of the clutter and dirt - and not doing a great job at it. So after seeing many great cleaning schedules on Pinterest, I finally sat down and put together my very own!!

It's now been working for me for a full month, so I figured I'd share it with you all!

Wipe Counters
1 Load of Laundry

Monday - Vacuum
Tuesday - Finances & Take out Trash
Wednesday - Clean Bathroom & Empty Litterbox
Thursday - Mop Floors
Friday - Swing Day *see below*
Saturday - Catch-up Day

 Swing Day (Monthly)
1st - Dust & Wipe Down Cabinets
2nd - Scrub Kitchen Appliances
3rd - Wipe Down Walls, Baseboards & Doors
4th - Change All Bedding
5th - Seasonal or Miscellaneous 

I have a few things that I do daily, just to stay on top of the simple messes. Then I have 1 chore I do each day of the week, and I put Saturday down as a catch-up day in case I miss something during the week. But otherwise, the weekends are free for family/fun days. And ok, so doing the finances aren't really a cleaning chore - but I had to schedule that in, otherwise the receipts would pile up and become overwhelming.

I also made 1 day of each week a "swing day" meaning I do a monthly chore on that day. Since there are some months that have 5 weeks instead of 4, and those come around every 3-4 months, I figure that's a good day to do any seasonal or miscellaneous chore that needs to be done at that time.

Now, maybe you do some of these chores more often than I do on my schedule... but the frequency they are getting done according to this schedule, is more frequently than they were getting done without it. :)

And there you have it! It's been working for us for a full month now, and I can say that my house is now always in a somewhat-decent condition, and ready for company. Never perfect and completely clean... but good enough. Which is what I think any of us want, right?!

 How do you keep on top of your housework? Do you have a schedule of your own?

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