I think cleaning the house (including dishes, laundry, and mopping,) is the absolute worst thing about being a mom/adult. Unfortunately, there is always going to be something needing to be wiped, folded, or swept. If you put it off it just makes more work for later. Plus, you have to think about it everytime you walk past the mess waiting for you.
I have found the best way to avoid this is coming up with a good cleaning schedule that fits into my life. Then I make sure to spend 15-20 minutes in the morning and in the evening doing a few key things that keep my house as clean as it can be with a four-year-old and one-year-old. On the days in which I do slack a bit and put off a chore I can tell the difference in the amount of time it takes me to get everything cleaned up and put back into its place.
Using a bullet journal has helped keep me on track. I have a cleaning schedule layout that is broken into daily, weekly, monthly, bi-annual and annual To- Do lists. I feel like its just one less thing for me to remember. Here is how my cleaning schedule is laid out.
Also, I have a copy of the Daily To-Do list on a post it and just leave it stuck to my weekly layout. But honestly, now I don’t even need the daily list because they have just become my routine. My chores feel a little less like chores now. I try my best not to put off the dishes because I know I will just sit around wishing I didn’t have to do those dishes.
Here are a few tips for setting a Cleaning Schedule of your own.
- Don’t kid yourself. If you have absolutely no time for anything in the mornings, don’t schedule your cleaning in the morning. You are just setting yourself up for failure.
- You can’t do it all in one day. So if all of the closest in your house needs to be cleaned and organized add one to Monday’s to-do list and one to Tuesday and so on. It won’t all be done at once but it will get done and that’s what’s important.
- If your kids are old enough to help… make them help (: I’m serious! Let’s be honest they are probably the ones that made the mess in the first place, why not make them help? I even wrote a whole post about it here if you would like to check it out(:
- Add something you like. My personal fav is watching Youtube. I just put it on while I do the dishes or fold the laundry and it helps the time fly by. Plus, it keeps you from remembering how much you hate what you’re doing.
- The 2-minute rule. I heard about this on the Today show and loved it so much I use it every day. Basically, the rule is if it takes you less than 2 minutes to do the task than you should just do it and not add it to your to-do list. I seriously love this rule!
I hope this post can help someone find a better way of getting things cleaned. I was tired of the days feeling like no amount of cleaning was enough and using a real schedule helped immensely. But if you would like a little more help and don’t have a bullet journal I have a free daily cleaning schedule printable available here. Thanks for reading!