It’s time to move on from personal life habits and take a look at household management habits! Today we are going to talk about setting up a cleaning schedule for your home. Once again, it’s going to be simple for the sake of success.
WHY A CLEANING SCHEDULE?
If our homes are going to become a place of hospitality and sharing, we need to treat the home as if it has purpose and value. And no one trashes what they deem as important!
“True enough. But a cleaning schedule?! C’mon, that’s granny stuff! I don’t want to waste my day away…cleaning a house!”
Precisely why we start simple! The goal isn’t to keep an immaculate home, but instead, to offer an inviting, functional space.
HOW IT HAPPENED FOR ME
As a homemaker, gardener, food preserver and butcher, I found myself completely overwhelmed this past fall. My house? Think cyclone! I hated it and cleaning the accumulated mess took several hours I didn’t have to spend on housekeeping.
Finally, I’d had enough! I had to learn how to better manage my home or it would be necessary to wave goodbye to nutritious, homegrown food. And after weighing options, I saw that both were necessary. How could I do both?
My brain starting working. How did the women of long ago manage all these things? And with a handful of kids in tow?
We know from historical records that household cleanliness took a huge leap forward after Louis Pasteur’s discovery in the mid 1800’s. Some women were so conscious of germs and so incredibly houseproud, they mopped the kitchen twice a day.
Crazy! And yet? They obviously knew something about household and time management that I didn’t! As I parted the pages of history and searched for the secret to their success, a pattern began to emerge.
THE HOMEMAKER’S SECRET TO SUCCESS
What I discovered was this: to each day they assigned a particular task on top of regular household duties (such as making beds, wiping dishes, making meals, etc).
It varied from home to home and often, according to season. But homemakers knew what to expect for each day and turned their energies toward accomplishing that particular task.
Interesting! Might as well try!
Gals, lemme tell you…it WORKED! I’ve never felt so on top of my household as I do now. And the best part? It doesn’t have to be complicated.
CHOOSE YOUR TASKS
Our lives, homes and situations are all different. Take time to consider the particulars of your home. Which common tasks would you like to see accomplished on a regular basis?
Swept floors? Laundry? Clean bathrooms? Organized bedrooms? De-cluttering common living areas? A tidy entrance?
Also make time to consider the lists we made at the beginning of this series. Re-examine the ‘home’ category. Which things drain you most about your home if left undone? What makes you feel good about it?
From these two considerations, choose a task for each day of the week (Mon-Fri). Write it on a calendar or post a note on your fridge.
KEEP IT SIMPLE
Keep it simple, with no more on your cleaning list than you can accomplish in 15 minutes per day. Yes, fifteen. It’s amazing what you can accomplish in this blip of time if you set your mind to it! The key is to start small or you won’t start at all!
Set a time for cleaning that works well with your schedule. First thing in the morning? After kids go to school? While the baby naps? In the evening?
Make it work for you!
HOW SMALL AND STEADY WINS THE RACE
Small weekly cleanings will help you stay on top of basic household duties. And in the long run, you’ll actually spend less time on chores because things won’t build and accumulate.
I was intrigued to discover that having one clean space in my home made me want to begin cleaning other areas. Gradually, my 15 minutes slowly stretched into 20-25 minutes. Spend more time, if you are so inclined!
THE BEST THINGS ABOUT IT…
First: having a routine cleaning schedule helps me relax in the home and I feel a sense of satisfaction. Of purpose. The home is my domain and I can manage it well.
Second: it means something to my man when I put effort into the home. Makes him feel like we’re a team. That he isn’t just supporting a couch potato. It says I value what he has worked so hard to provide for me, that it’s worth caring for.
Third: when you’re on top of the basics, it eliminates the pre-company stress and heightens the chances of your having someone come a-visiting. And that is a beautiful thing!
What will your 5 household cleaning tasks be for your current season of life?
Be sure to read to part 10: tips for managing daily chores.