Since starting a regular household cleaning schedule, there has been a lot more order in my home. I was inspired to start keeping a schedule when I saw the example of many Christian women. Candy and Mrs. Catherine have a plethora of inspiring tips for planning a household schedule. My cleaning schedule is what works for me. Sometimes, in the hustle and bustle of life, (doctor's appointments and such) I cannot always keep to it. But for the most part, it is a guide to help me focus on the areas of my house that need to be tended to most. Sometimes, I vacuum more, this is just the bare minimum of cleaning necessities. It sure is helpful to me because I used to clean the bathrooms when they "looked like they needed it." (I know, that sounds terrible.) I also do not remember dusting. (ever?) I am able to maintain my house now, rather than scurrying about, trying to see what needs to be done. If you haven't started a schedule, I heartily encourage you to try one. Do not just imitate someone else's plan; create your own. Otherwise, it will probably be impossible to keep. Note: Writing yourself a detailed listing of chores is helpful. I used to make a hundred trips into the kitchen while I would clean the bathrooms, just to gather my cleaning items. Now I just try to take them all at once.
Detailed Explanation of Daily Chores:
Pick up ALL items on the floor. Then, vacuum the three bedrooms and the hallway.
Tuesday: Clean Bathrooms
Gather the broom, dustpan, soap refill, windex, paper towels, toilet brush, and bleach bottle. Fill the bucket with soap, bleach, and hot water. Gather a towel for wiping the floor. Take all these items to the first bathroom, the guest bathroom. Clean the mirrors. Sweep the bathroom of any loose particles. Clean inside and outside the toilets. Clean the sink with the bottled solution. Refill the soap. Scrub the floor with the solution in the bucket. Wipe up the residue with a towel. Repeat process in master bathroom. Scrub showers.
Wednesday: Dust, Clean Windows, Scrub Kitchen Floor
Dust: Ceiling fans, window ledges and frames, door frames, baseboards, chair rail, shelves, dressers, crib, desk, tables, chairs, picture frames, living room armoire, crown molding, and light fixtures. Window Cleaner: Clean windows, glass doors, tv, and computer monitor. Scrub Kitchen Floor: Fill bucket with soap, bleach, and hot water.Scrub floor.
Wash all dirty clothes. Next, wash all bedding, and towels. Replace all bedding and towels.
Vacuum all bedrooms, closets, and hallway.
*Sweep: living room (move couch and loveseat too), dining room, foyer, and kitchen.
*Wash at least one load of laundry.
"Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates."-Proverbs 31:31
Thursday, July 27, 2006
Posted by Christine at 1:42 PM