Since I began homeschooling my daughter a couple of months ago, I haven't had that free day of the week to devote to uninterrupted housework. I really hadn't let the fact that my house wasn't perfect bother me, because my mission had been focused on the kids, particularly my new role as Haley's teacher. When I came across this article, I felt like that might be just what I need to be able to accomplish the clean nest I always enjoy.
The basis of this new system is consistent morning and evening chores with one added rotating daily chore just for weekdays. This way your house will essentially always be clean and you won't be devoting an entire day just to cleaning.
Here is the schedule that I've been using, but you can certainly modify this to work for you:
Wipe bathroom counters and sinks
One load of laundry
Chore of the day
Load and run dishwasher
Wipe kitchen counters
Pick up basket
Rotating Daily Chore
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
Week one: Wipe furniture and cabinets
Week two: Scrub oven, fridge and microwave
Week three: Wipe furniture, blinds and
Week four: Wipe down walls, doors, vents and baseboards
I (almost) always make my beds in the morning, so this was nothing new for me. Although, wiping the bathrooms everyday is a new one, but I am finding it so nice to have the counter always sparkling! It really only takes a minute. Just throw some old rags or a sponge under the counter to make this job super easy.
I'm running the dishwasher every night even if it's not completely full. My least favorite chore is unloading the dishwasher, but now I know that is just one chore that I will do in the morning and I won't have to do it again until the next morning. Somehow, that seems to work better for me.
I've devoted an old laundry basket to nightly pick up which has certainly sped up that process. Everything that is out of place goes into the basket and the kids help get it back to its rightful home. This has stopped the 18 trips back and forth through the house getting things back to their home.
The other biggie is doing one load of laundry a day. This way the laundry won't pile up and become such a daunting task. If I go three days without doing laundry, then I'm doing several loads and it's taking a good part of the day. It's less to fold and put away as well. I just throw the laundry in first thing in the morning even if I'm barely awake. On the days that you really don't want to deal with clothes, like a Saturday or Sunday, consider washing towels or something that won't wrinkle if it sits in the washer or drying a little longer.
I'm finding that I am much more thorough on the one rotating chore of the day instead of trying to cram a whole bunch of cleaning into one day. In other words, I could devote a lot more time to scrubbing those lovely toilettes! Fun fun!
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