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For years I tried various cleaning routines yet never found one that worked for me.
I had been using a timer to help me in many areas of my life for years, but never had I used it to control my cleaning time, I had wrongly adopted the “stick to it till it’s done” attitude.
My “stick to it attitude” was failing since I often did not have the time to complete a task fully so therefore it never got done.
When I gave cleaning tasks a clear time frame, my sense of accomplishment shifted from getting the job done to getting the time done, and that was a big break through for me.
Finally I was cleaning on a regular basis and that meant the house was slowly getting cleaner and in time cleaning took less and less time because things were not as neglected. A shower cleaned once a week takes less time to clean than a shower that has not been cleaned in…well weeks.
During week 4 of Crystal’s series, I sat down and formulated a cleaning schedule that broke down my home into various sections and tasks.
I then e-mailed my new “cleaning routine” to Money Saving Mom and my first guest post was born.
Here is a snippet of my full cleaning plan I shared over at Money Saving Mom
15-Minute Daily Cleaning Assignments
Cleaning doesn’t really take long. Often I was spending more time dreading a chore than it took to do the chore. Now I set the time for 15 minutes each weekday and work on the following:
Monday: Master Bedroom
Tuesday: Upstairs Bathroom
Wednesday: Wild Card Day (I pick an area that is the most cluttered.)
Thursday: Downstairs Bathroom
Friday: Master Bedroom
15-Minute Room of the Week Assignment
In addition to the Daily Room Assignment, I also spend 15 minutes each weekday focusing on cleaning a specific area of my home.
Every Saturday, I pick one area of the home and attack it for 30 minutes. I save Saturdays for bigger projects, such as reorganizing a closet or book case.
If you have been following this series since day one, you should have a good handle on how long various cleaning tasks take you. You also know where you large and small windows are that could be used for cleaning. I challenge you this week to sit down and take that knowledge and turn it into a cleaning schedule that works for you.
Post Update : Since writing this Ruth at Living Well Spending Less has written a wonderful resource “How To Create A Cleaning Schedule That Works For You” that is also the introduction to her 8 part “The Beginner’s Guide To Cleaning” . The introduction and the guide is full of valuable information that will help you not only set up a cleaning system that works for you but also give you the knowledge to clean with accuracy and efficiency , saving you time.
My number one tool for timer based cleaning is a simple kitchen timer. One with a clearly visible count down screen like this one is perfect. Timer apps on smart phones or tablets are okay but I prefer to see clearly how much time I have left without having to swipe the screen with my cleaning hands.
Dig Into The Time Management Series Using The Links Below
Introduction: 31 Days Of Time Saving Tips For The Work-At-Home Mom
Day One: Perform a Time Audit
Day Two: Night Owl Or Morning Bird?
Day Three: Where are Your Largest Windows?
Day Four: Making the Most of Small Windows
Day Five: Daily To Do Lists
Day Six: Maximizing The To Do List
Day Seven: Say No
Day Eight: Eliminate Poor Yes Choices
Day Nine: Put Your Time Offenders On a Budget
Day Ten: Combine Joy
Day Eleven: Making Effective Use of Waiting Time
Day Twelve: Making Use of Travel Time
Day Thirteen: Making The Most of Mom Taxi in Waiting Time
Day Fourteen: Take Time to Rest a Few Moments Each Day
Day Fifteen: Tag-Team
Day Sixteen: Involve the Kids
Day Seventeen: Mechanical Slaves
Day Eighteen: Outside Help
Day Nineteen: Timer Magic
Day Twenty: Take a Rest Day
Day Twenty One: Less Stuff, Less Mess, More Time
Day Twenty Two: Hold A Family Work Bee
Day Twenty Three: Keep Gatherings Simple
Day Twenty Four: Saving Time in The Kitchen
Day Twenty Five: The Self Cleaning Home
Day Twenty Six: Streamlining Your Homeschooling day
Day Twenty Seven: Create an I Did It List
Day Twenty Eight: Create a Simple Cleaning Routine (you are here)
Day Twenty Nine: Create To Go Bags
Day Thirty: Making Minimum Standards
Day Thirty One: Treat Life Like a Marathon Not a Sprint
Tired of living a chaotic life? I recommend taking Make Over Your Mornings and/or Make Over Your Evenings. These are 15 day, video driven courses that come with a workbook for you to complete. Each day’s lesson consists of a five minute video, five minutes of reading and a five minute workbook activity. These courses will help you streamline your day taking you from frazzled to calm.
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