HOORAY for school!!
So my four year old son just started Pre-K. *cue the sniffles* While I miss him, I am also kind of relieved. We spent, pretty much, 24/7 together and constantly bumped heads. I also got way behind on my cleaning. It’s difficult when you are cleaning and a four year old is literally behind you tearing things back out (like his toys and even clothes). So with him gone from 8 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. I actually have a little time to try and get some things done. Of course I still have my 15 month old daughter but for the most part she likes to independently play. When she gets tired of that or needs to eat or nurse then I have to stop, but again, I still have a slightly easier time getting things done.
Due to being behind and not being used to having the “free” time to get things done, I have been feeling slightly over-whelmed. I also keep shifting from one thing to another so a lot of my time was wasted without more things being accomplished. So I did what I do best. I hit up Pinterest. You know the site I’m sure. It’s a place where I get so many ideas (that I sometimes put to use) and where I feel so crafty yet I hadn’t actually begun any of the crafts. It’s also the place where I completely lose track of time. If you’re an avid pinner, you know exactly what I mean 🙂 So I typed in “Cleaning” and after looking around found what I needed.
enter the cleaning schedule
There are many types of cleaning schedules out there from your basic cleaning to extreme deep cleaning. I looked at several and kind of pieced together bits from different sources into something that I think will work for me. I have only been doing it for a couple days but so far so good. Once everything is caught up, I think it will be even better. To keep myself on task (or motivated might be a better word?), I spend part of my morning writing out my tasks in a notebook insert dedicated to my daily to do lists. I love lists and planning so this gets my morning started off right. I love being able to mark off each task as it’s completed. The insert just slips into my FoxyDori (or Foxy Fix) Traveler’s Notebook so I always have it and it’s with everything else I use for the day.
So, on to my schedule. My morning and evening routine doesn’t change.
- Wipe bathroom counters and mirrors
- Empty dishwasher
- Do 1 load of laundry
- Load dishwasher
- Wipe kitchen counters and stove
- General pick up
- Light sweeping
- Put clothes away
My afternoons vary by day. Each day is dedicated to a room in the house.
Monday– Kitchen/Dining Room
Tuesday– Living Room/Foyer
Wednesday– Master Bedroom
Thursday– Kids’ Rooms/Hallway
Sunday– Just do the morning and evening routine. Keep up with general pick up.
There are several tasks that are done depending on which room I am in that day. If someone is interested I can edit those tasks in. Basically it’s just making sure everything is really clean like wiping down walls and doors, giving everything a real good dust, sweep and mop. The usual things.
If everything is in decent order, then the tasks won’t take so long, maybe at most a couple hours. As i said, I am extremely behind so everything is taking longer.
So does anyone else do a cleaning schedule? What does it look like?
Thank you for stopping by. I hope your day is filled with bliss 🙂