Monday, September 30, 2013

The Intentional Home, Week Seven: Monday

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Week Seven: Monday

By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.
Genesis 2:2-3

All along I have planned for this to be our week of rest. We will continue with our daily cleaning schedule, but we will not be adding any more tasks. I want to clearly define the cleaning schedule along with some rotating weekly chores to guarantee a regularly clean house. 

This cleaning schedule is what works for me and my house. Your house and life looks different from mine, so modify it to fit your lifestyle. It shouldn’t take no more than 30 to 45 minutes to complete once you get the hang of it. I find it works much better for me than devoting an entire day to housework. You may feel different, once again, it’s what works for you as long as the work gets done.

Cleaning Schedule


Make beds
Wipe bathroom counters and sinks
Empty dishwasher
One load of laundry
Chore of the day

Load and run dishwasher
Wipe kitchen counters
Pick up basket/straighten up

Rotating Daily Chore

Monday: Vacuum
Tuesday:  Clean mirrors, windows and other glass
Wednesday: Scrub toilettes, tubs and showers
Thursday:  Mop floors
Friday: Swing day (see below)
Saturday: Catch-up day

Swing Day

Week one: Wipe furniture and cabinets
Week two: Scrub oven, fridge and microwave
Week three: Wipe furniture, blinds and 
window seals
Week four: Wipe down walls, doors, vents and baseboards
The only difference here from what you’ve been doing is the rotating Friday chore, called “swing day”.

Of course, there are a few other chores that are good to do seasonally. Some of those include cleaning the outside of your windows. A great way to clean windows is to fill a bucket with water and about a cup of vinegar. Use a sponge to wash the window with the vinegar water and squeegee after.

An easy way to clean fans is using an old pillow case. Just put the pillow case over the fan blade and rub. It works so great and you avoid dust in your hair! Other things to consider is washing shower curtains, dust ruffles and curtains from time to time. 

Most of these chores that don’t fit in the rotation, we get done when it is needed and the mood strikes. 

Remember, if you miss a daily chore, be sure not to miss the same day the following week. Do your best to go no more than two weeks without doing the same daily chore. The key is to be intentional to maintain that easy to clean task! 

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