I love hanging out with my kids this summer, but let's face it–the house still needs to be cleaned. My kids do some of the chores; at ages 6, 6 and 8 there is plenty they can do. But I keep myself on a schedule of weekly household chores to make the whole shebang run smoothly. I use a checklist with these chores listed daily:
- one load of laundry (not always clothes–sometimes it's dishtowels, sheets, swim stuff, etc.)
- make the bed
- quick clean the 1st floor (where we spend the most time)
- wipe down kitchen countertops & change out towels/rags
- clear out the sink
- quick clean bathroom surfaces
- review my To Do list for the next day
That's just the daily stuff–what about floors, windows, and everything else? It can be overwhelming, and I used to feel like I spent the weekends cleaning while everyone else was “having fun.” At the beginning of 2012, I decided to get myself on a cleaning schedule. I'd been reading the blog I Dream of Clean, and Christine launched her ebook, Create Your Perfect Cleaning Schedule. It really worked for me! Instead of giving a specific plan, it's a guide to help you figure out your own plan. The checklist with boxes was by far my favorite part. I really like the accountability of seeing what I accomplish every day. The template also has lines to list weekly and monthly tasks–like washing floors, decluttering closets, etc. I use it every week to list all my To Do's so everything is in one place.
The other part of the eBook that I found most helpful was the yearly/monthly chart for chores that are easy to forget–vacuum the A/C vents, change the filter, get the gutters cleaned, etc. It's helped me schedule those out on my calendar to be sure they get done regularly. If you're feeling disorganized and want to try a schedule that works for you, I recommend Create Your Perfect Cleaning Schedule. It's a gentle push that will help you tackle your weekly household chores in less time.
How do you tackle your weekly household chores?
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