Confession: I am terrible at cleaning my house.
I still live in the college mentality of “let it get dirty until you can’t stand it any longer…and then wait for someone else to clean it.” Thankfully, my husband has no problem being domestic.
But I know I can do better.
The more I think about my lack of cleaning ability, the more I realize it (at least partially) comes from a lack of cleaning knowledge. I know cleaning isn’t rocket science, but I also know that a lot of what we learn about cleaning basically comes through osmosis. We grow up watching the way our parents clean and then emulate it (at least to some extent) when we have our own place.
My mom was a stay at home mom, and so (understandably) she took care of most of the cleaning tasks while we were at school. Because of that, most of the cleaning I participated in was the last minute “clean up your rooms before company gets here!” type of cleaning. I’m good at that type of cleaning. Not so good at the regular maintenance or deep cleaning.
I’ve looked at “house cleaning schedules” before on Pinterest, but I felt like they all assumed I had extra hours in my days (I don’t) or that I stayed at home and could work the chores in through the craziness that is taking care of kiddos all day long (nope, I don’t stay at home either). When is a working mom supposed to clean the house?
I found a schedule that actually titled some tasks “Before Work” and some “After Work” and it suddenly started feeling doable. I don’t know about you, but I like to “test run” my New Year’s Resolutions, just to make sure they’re feasible before I commit to them. I’ve followed this chart for a few days and I think I can make it happen, at least for the month of January.
Put in One Load of Wash
Fold Laundry and Put Away
Sweep Kitchen Floor
Chore of the Day
CHORE OF THE DAY
Monday – Clean Bathrooms
Tuesday – Dust
Wednesday – Vacuum
Thursday – Mop Floors
Friday – FREE
Saturday – Swing Day/Catch Up Day
Sunday – FREE
1st Week – Clean oven, microwave and fridge
2nd Week – Wipe down baseboards and doors
3rd Week – Clean inside windows and blinds
4th Week – Wipe down cabinets
Something else I love about this schedule? If you miss a chore, there are enough free days built in to make it up. I need to know that flexibility is there.
I’ve followed several training schedules for races and now it’s time to apply that same determination to keeping up with my house. I’m looking forward to it!
Anyone else want to join me for this #wannabechallenge? Will you commit to following this schedule for the month of January?