Last updated on August 17th, 2019 at 03:41 am
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Just one more day, and then “4 Weeks to a More Organized Home” will be completed. Thanks to all of you who have followed along and read my updates.
I am loving the new cleaning rhythm I have found with Money Saving Mom’s series, so this morning I took advantage of a few quiet moments and wrote myself out a weekly plan that has been inspired by the series.
The skeleton of my plan is much like the assignments Money Saving Mom has been giving us each day for the past 19 days (well okay 18 actually because we did skip a day)Money Saving Mom Inspired Cleaning Plan
1. Get Dressed
2. Follow Morning Routine
3. Write out a list of 5 to 7 things (include cleaning assignments). Write out chores for the children.
4. 15 minute tidy areas (Monday through Friday)
5. 15 minutes on the room of the week (Monday through Friday)
6. Each Saturday pick the area of the home in greatest need and attack for 30 minutes.
7. By Friday each week have 5 items tossed or given away or designated to sell.
8. Spend 1 hour once a week actively listing items to sell
For my 15 minute tidy areas I decided I really wanted to keep up the bathrooms and my bedroom. So each bathroom gets a day and my bedroom 2 days and the last day will be a wild card day in which I pick whatever hotspot area is on my mind.
The room of the week will be one of 5 areas on our main floor. I am hoping to get the room decluttered and dusted and windows cleaned each time it comes up in the rotation.
No surprises here jeans and a t-shirt.
2. Make a list of no more than 5-7 specific things you want to accomplish today.
Here is a bit of what I had on my to do list today.
I noticed before I went to bed last night that the milk’s sell by date was April 25 so I used it up today by making a big batch of waffles for the freezer.
My daughter had been grumbling for days that we were out of homemade granola so I made a batch.
The bread container was empty and sandwiches were on the menu so I got both bread machines going.
The cookie container was almost empty so I made some brownie bites.
I was out of laundry soap so I could not put off making a new batch any longer.It has to sit over night so I didn’t do any washing today.
3.Complete your morning routine.
I got my routine done long before I started my cooking in the kitchen marathon.
4.Set the timer for 15 minutes and wipe down your windowsills and trim around your windows (if you didn’t wipe these when we wiped down the baseboards earlier this month).
I cleaned my windowsills as I cleaned the windows assigned in #5.
5.Clean your windows and blinds and/or window treatments. If you want to get really ambitious, you can take the screens off (if you have screens) and clean the outside of your windows. Or, you can just use window cleaner and clean your windows on the inside. Dust or wash your blinds. Remove any washable window treatments and launder them.
I was out of laundry soap and my curtains were just washed a while ago so I skipped that part. My husband and I when we remodeled spent the extra money on the type of windows that can easily be brought inwards for cleaning, so I was able to clean both sides of 90% of our windows.
The other 10% are the old style that would require me to go outside with a ladder to clean the outside, so I just skipped the outside of those for now.
The project took me just shy of 2 hours to complete.
6.Find 7 items to get rid of today.I had a hard time finding 7 items to get rid of today. It might be because over the last
19 (18) assignments I have cleared out 112 things. I also cleared out a truck load when I spring cleaned the attic last month.
Tomorrow when I finish the final assignment I have decided to treat the children and I to a small celebration. I truly have inched forward for good in the area of housekeeping this month and I feel every inch deserves a celebration.
How about you? Do you celebrate your accomplishments both big and small?
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