This is long over due......I think I said I would post this back in June. I am gearing up for fall. Thinking about school and planning a weekend to get it all organized. I have tons of copying to do. Before I start that I wanted to get my house back into an ebb and flow..... get the kids back into morning chores and responsibilities. We have had a veryyyyy laid back summer :)
I tried over the summer to clean two times a week for longer. Big mistake! I cannot do that with two young kids with out using the TV as a baby sitter or ignoring them. My hat is off to those who can do it with their kids that long. What works better for me is to have a room a day that we tackle. I also found this great idea about laundry. First off all let me say my two least favorite cleaning chores are dusting (blek!) and putting laundry away. I can wash it and fold it. I love the methodic hum and sorting effect of folding laundry. Yes....I am looney but I find it relaxing. NOW.....putting it away I would rather do anything else. In the past my husband has faithfully put it away by choice...just to be sweet. He works two jobs and serves in many ways so I want to do it from now on. Every night I put in one load and then put it in the dryer as I go to bed. In the morning I take it out and put the basket in the kitchen as I start my coffee. After breakfast clean up and dishes I simply fold the ONE load. I have my six year old put most of it away while I do the few things she can't. She loves it and SO do I :) One load each morning feels so small. Prior to that I would do tons of loads and never fold and get them away. So even if I dont finish it in the morning...I know I have one load to get away a day. It is working great!
Here's the cleaning schedule:
Monday - Kitchen
Tuesday - Bathroom
Wednesday - Mop and weekly cleaning
Thursday - Bedrooms (load of sheets that night)
Friday - Living Room
I have a running list of what I do in each room. If any one is interested in more detail let me know. I have found the great thing about it, is if something needs to be done but can wait I know that day will come soon. Other wise I am all over the place and never get any one place cleaned. I also have my daily things I do.
One other area of growth I am working on is putting things away. A friend told me once if I could do something in 5 minutes just do it then. I have been trying to make that a discipline and it really makes a difference.