Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Breaking Your Cleaning Routine into Daily Tasks
As you may be picking up by now, I am a bit of a free spirit. I am not a big planner. I love to be able to "wing it". While this is a wonderful trait at times, it has also been a huge burden. For years I really had no form of a routine to my day or week. I just floated through life picking and choosing what I thought needed to be done. I would spend all day just working on school with the kids, but never getting any housework done at all. The outcome was a very unproductive young mother.
With each new child, I felt as though I was drowning in chores and unfinished projects. I often felt defeated, and depressed. I would go through spells were I would "get my act together" but it would only last for a few weeks, and then I was right back into my old habits. I learned to work around it, but still knew there had to be a better way!
Then one day my sister told me about this website she had found. She told me all about this lady that had a theory that you had to start organizing your life by "shining your sink". As she told me more I just sat there shaking my head and thinking, "That is just stupid! Who is going to take the time to shine a sink when the rest of the house is a mess!" After she left, I got curious. I had to go check out this ridiculous site. I went to http://www.flylady.net/ and began to read about Marla Cilley, The Fly Lady. I have to admit I was drawn in to what she had to say. I could tell she had really been where I was and understood. I started doing her baby steps and in no time found I was "flying". As I got more comfortable with the idea of routines, I began to adapt them to fit my life and what worked best for me.
The Fly Lady has a once a week cleaning hour that she calls "blessing her house". I loved this, but the one hour once a week just didn't work for me. I knew if I was going to stick with this I needed to break these down into very small tasks. Here is the schedule I have finally found works best for me.
Monday - wash/ change sheets
Tuesday- clean windows/ glass/ mirrors
Wednesday- dust and trash out
Thursday - vacuum
Friday- sweep and mop hardwoods
Saturday- menu planning and special projects
Sunday - rest
All of these things are done quickly and I don't worry about them being perfect. I usually spend less than 15 minutes on each of these tasks. Even after I had worked out this schedule I found I was still skipping doing certain tasks, so I put them all into my scheduler and have it send me reminders every morning on my phone. I don't clear the reminder until I complete the task. I am able to do these right along with my everyday tasks. I also try to tidy up as I go too. It is amazing how Lego's can find themselves all over this house!
FlyLady also breaks the house down into weekly zones making a daily task for each day in that zone. I also added these into my routine. I will talk more about how I do my zones in a future post. Below are links for two of Marla Cilley's books. Let me know if you have found this helpful by leaving a testimonial.