Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Works For Me!

Yes, it's time for another installment of WFMW sponsored by Shannon!

When I was first married, and then when our first baby was born, I was so discouraged with my house cleaning chores. What would usually happen is that I would run around and clean one day and then wait a couple of weeks until everything was so dirty I could not stand it again and repeat. This was a stressful way for me to clean and I wanted so much to come up with some better system.

Then, my sister gave me the book Cleaning Up The Clutter by Emilie Barnes and I soaked it up like a sponge. This book is very helpful and practical! Anyway, I have come up with the following chore list based on adapting what is listed in her book and this is what really does Work For Me!

Monday: thoroughly clean kitchen counters and sink; water plants

Tuesday: laundry, vacuum, clean master bathroom, iron

Wednesday: sweep and mop floors

Thursday: dust, clean window by front door, clean hall bathroom

Friday: laundry, change sheets, vacuum

She encourages you to skip the day if you can't get the chores done and just pick up the next day instead of trying to play catch-up, and I have had to do that from time to time. Take the time to visit Shannon's list of other participants for lots of great ideas!


Nettie said...

Good idea! Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

What a neat idea...just make a schedule for yourself...good idea!

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Mary Ann said...

This is great, Monica! I am currently working on creating a cleaning schedule that works for me. I like the doing a certain task each day idea. What I've been doing for about a month now is cleaning one room each day. I have a small house so this is working. I have Emilie Barnes' Survival for Busy Women. I love her! I've also found her suggestion to skip if you miss a day very helpful. That's where I've always gotten bogged down before-trying to play catch-up and then it becomes so overwhelming!

Monica Wilkinson said...

Mary Ann, I know what you mean about feeling overwhelmed trying to catch up! :) I'm looking forward to having some spare time to catching up on all your great posts lately - I've glanced at them, but can't wait to look further! Thanks!

Blackeyedsue said...

I am cutting and pasting this schedule onto my desktop. My once a week cleaning day just isn't cutting it anymore.

Katherine@Raising Five said...

That is great! I think the hardest lesson when I first stayed home with kids was that I couldn't always count on having big chunks of time anymore. A schedule is a great idea.

Full Contact, Savior-centric Livin said...

Wow, I like this! I've seen Emilie's book, and would like to get it.

*carrie* said...

Hey, Monica. I just finished this book and wanted to look up your posts on it so I could see what was helpful to you. I'm glad I read through it, though I didn't find anything real pertinent to the clutter and time management issues I face.