The Never Ending Cleaning Battle
I’ve seen a lot of cleaning schedules, blogs, and checklists on the internet. They are usually pretty dreams that I one day hope to accomplish. They clean your whole home from top to bottom and carefully plot out the extra deep cleaning chores that you tend to forget, like ceiling fan blades. But I know me, and I usually chuckle to myself when I see these Wonder Mom posts, knowing damn well that’s just not going to happen.
I know that I’m not alone in feeling overwhelmed and under motivated to be the modern-day June Cleaver. So I decided to take a crack at my own cleaning schedule and find a way that works for me, a mom that is a procrastinator with OCD. (The clutter bothers me but I’ll take care of it later.) I’ve decided to share my simple plan with you and hopefully it will help you as much as it has me!
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Make a List
To cut to the chase, I needed to make a drastic change to the way I was cleaning my home. Because most days I wasn’t doing what really needed to be done. So the first step to my lazy mom schedule is making a list of all the things you need and want to accomplish throughout the day.
In my home I have two older children and a ten month old, as well as myself and my husband. I have hardwood floors, a very shallow toilet bowl, no dishwashing machine, I live in the desert so dirt is always collecting throughout the house, and to top it off we have a long-haired cat that “shedding” would be an understatement!
These are all things I needed to combat on a daily basis. I made my list in three parts; daily, weekly, and monthly. In the end it looked like this: There are many lists on Pinterest for deep cleaning. My personal favorite comes from Katescleaning.com. They are a cleaning business located in Chicago. She can’t help me, but her detailed list in this blog was a great reference for deep cleaning my home.
Plot It Out
Next I plotted out what I actually do in a day. From making coffee to eating dinner. Every little detail and where I am when I do it. It came out like this: You can be as detailed as you need. Spend an average work day logging what you do before you do it or just go off the top of your head. Go with what you feel. You know your life best.
Make a Connection
Now that you have your two lists, cleaning and events, you can combine the two to form a single list of chores. Mine looked like this: Each item on my list takes no more than 10 minutes to accomplish. You want to space all your chores to do one thing really quickly and your home will remain clean instead of become clean. Anyone that has tried to clean a house with kids (and sometimes even a husband) knows it’s like shoveling snow in a blizzard. Don’t worry about wearing yourself out by cleaning EVERYTHING at once and trying to maintain. You’re family will be ok. You can take on the cleaning elephant one bite at a time.
Ok, so now we’re getting to the fun part! Take your cleaning list and make a new list for everything you will need for that chore. And I mean everything! Do you use a towel or newspaper when you clean your mirror? Write it down.
Organize Your Space
I want to really focus on this step because it is the most important to your success. You need to make your home work for you and stop working for your home.
Like I said before, I don’t have a dishwashing machine in my house. So I made it a rule that everyone must wash their dishes after using them. To help with that, we use the Scotch-Brite Dishwand. It cuts down on water and soap waste and is easy for my nine-year old to use. I went through my entire home and if it didn’t work for me I replaced it.
I love coffee, but I wasted time preparing the coffeepot every morning instead of doing other things. (And to be honest, I ended up spilling some coffee grounds or water every time making more work for me.) I changed out my beloved Bunn for an alarm clock coffee maker. I set it before bed, avoid messes, and I can wake up and accomplish other things while my coffee brews.
My project this weekend is a DIY laundry basket organizer I found on Pinterest. This will sort my clothes for me and save time and energy.
Know Your Cleaning Style
Again, make your home work for you! I also want to point out that, in order to make your job easier, you need to have the supplies on hand exactly where you need them. I takes entirely too much motivation to go to my kitchen to get all of the cleaning supplies for the bathroom because I decided a long time ago that it would be a good idea to keep the chemicals in one place. Wrong!!! I am not ashamed to admit that I will put off cleaning something if I have to put in more work than necessary. Going from one side of the house to the other is too much work!
It’s ok to have multiple brooms throughout your house for different sections of your home. I have one in the kitchen, my living room, and the front porch.
Change It Up
Remember, too, that you’re not confined to the original bottles your cleaning supplies came in. You can find so many decorative bottles from Amazon and other stores. Spend a day reorganizing your home (don’t get distracted cleaning just yet), making a shopping list of the supplies you still need, and most importantly ask yourself, “Does this work for me, or am I working for it?” If it is the former, change it or get rid of it!
Put Your Plan in Action!
Now is where you put all of this hard work (or procrastination, however you look at it) into effect. Start from wherever you are in the day and just go. Carry your third list with you so you can make notes of what works and what doesn’t and adjust. Like I said, your house will become clean and stay clean over time.
I hope this plan of action helped you as much as it did me. I’ve been working my Lazy Mom Schedule for almost two months now and my house has never been this well-kept! Plus, I have gained more time to be with my family and enjoy the little moments with them 100%.
But most importantly, if you walk away with nothing else from this post, I want you to know that you’re doing a great job right now!! You’re family loves you and you are creating the most amazing childhood memories for them every day. They won’t remember that you forgot to do the dishes one night (or even three) or that you didn’t clean the shower for more than a month. They will remember that you were there. You were fun, magical, adventurous, and perfect!!!
Give yourself a break, and a pat on the back (or another glass of wine, again go with how you feel) and know that you are my hero!
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