So I’m pretty happy with my current house cleaning system. I have tried multiple systems over the years and nothing really fit. Doing a daily fifteen minute zone clean seems like a good idea but though I’m a clean person this was my most hated part of the day. I looked for any excuse to not do the zone cleaning. I couldn’t figure out why I hated it do much until just recently because I really do like having things super tidy.
The reason I disliked the zone cleaning approach is there was no reward for finishing early. You still found SOMETHING to clean and even if something needed cleaning, after fifteen minutes you’re done. The problem is some days I have lots of energy and others I feel super lazy. Plus my kids info stuff quickly making messes and I never got to enjoy the clean.
My new system is similar but there’s no timer. Instead I have daily chores, weekly chores, and monthly chores. I have them set up on my phone and tablet (both android) so that it auto recurs at the next time period when I finish. I use the app 2Do. I have my tasks set up so they are not scheduled to begin until the time period in which they’re due. I’ll explain this more shortly.
My daily chores include making my bed, reading my Bible, cleaning up after breakfast, lunch, and dinner, exercising (I’m bad about this one still!), making my husband’s lunch on work nights, washing, drying, and folding the clothes for the day, and two tidy up periods. With five kids things get really messy really fast. Toys every where. Clothes all over the place. Chairs in random locations. So twice a day I do a tidy up. Basically I go through the house and make sure all the toys are put up, trash thrown away, chairs pushed under tables, and that the house is tidy in general. I do this after I put the little ones down for a nap and after they go to bed for the night. That way I actually get to ENJOY the clean!
For my weekly chores, I use a modified chore of the day system. It’s kind of an area of the day. On Mondays, I work on the two bathrooms. Tuesdays are my bedroom days. I have my bedroom, the guest bedroom, and the girls’ bedroom to do. Wednesdays are for the kitchen. Thursdays I use for my paperwork day like making meal plans, grocery lists, preparing homeschool lessons for the next week, writing a baking list, and talking care of balancing the checkbook and paying bills. Because of my unique living situation I don’t do the grocery shopping. That is pretty much the only job my mother-in-law does. I think she just likes doing it to get out of the house. Otherwise Thursday would be my errands day as well. Moving onto Friday, that is my miscellaneous rooms day. This includes the den, dining room, foyer, hallway, and laundry room. Finally Saturdays is outside day. I clean the porch, tend the garden, pick up toys, clear cobwebs, etc. Sundays is my day of rest.
The way I do my monthly chores is interesting. It annoys me to see chores that I’m not supposed to do yet on my to-do list so I have them scheduled for the first day of the week on which the weekly chores fall. For example, when I clean the bathrooms, I Windex the scales, organize the drawers and cabinets, clean walls and doors, etc. So on the first Monday of the month, I have a recurring event set to start for my bathroom monthly chores. Washing the car won’t show up on my list until the first Saturday of the month.
Now the reward part is this… If I work hard, I can finish all my monthly chores in the first week of the month. Then for the rest of the month it’s just daily and weekly chores which barely take any time at all. It gives me more time to pursue my other projects I’m working on. It’s really motivating to be able to have an easy month. So far I’ve already finished three days of monthly chores this month and tomorrow I’ll finish (hopefully!) all of my miscellaneous rooms monthly chores.
The best thing about my system is I get things clean without feeling burnt out. I have days where I’m completely exhausted but you know what? On those days I sleep much better do I really can’t complain!