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Project Organize Your ENTIRE Life: Mega Cleaning Action Plan

Today’s the day, time for me to unleash one enormous post and time for you to finally make a cleaning schedule and get started down the path to a new life.  One in which you don’t have to limit having people over to times when you know you’ll have a few hours to frantically surface clean the whole place first (or is that just me?).  That’s the goal anyway, and below is the action plan to help get you there.  So grab a cup of Jo, some pen and paper, and get comfy – we’ve got some work to do.

Step 1: Make a List
Regardless of whether you decide to go minimalist or crafty-crazy in setting up your cleaning schedule, we all have to start with a list of what needs to get done.  The key is to make your list comprehensive but not daunting.  And that means different things for different people.

 

The Type A/unequivocal Claire’s of the world can go crazy here.  If that’s you, grab a fresh new notebook and take an hour (or two) to write down absolutely every cleaning task you can think of.  If you really want to get wild, you can break down what needs to be done room by room.  As an example, here’s a link to a kitchen and bathroom chore list sent in by a particularly generous and freakishly organized reader (you know, in a good way).

 

The rest of us need to be a little more selective.  If I try to squeeze everything from shaking out rugs to dusting my keyboard onto my final schedule, I’ll have heart palpitations every time I walk by it.  If we can be successful getting the basics done, then after a while we can add in the things that we notice are still getting overlooked.  In fact, some of you may prefer to keep it really simple and just list the rooms that need to be cleaned each cycle.  Here are two examples left by readers in the comments of our first cleaning post:

 

Example 1
Sunday: Kitchen (a deeper clean than usual and meal planning)
Monday: Bedroom
Tuesday: Paperwork/Errands
Wednesday: Bathrooms
Thursday: Living Room
Friday: Craft/Play Room
Saturday: Entryway and upstairs hallway

 

Example 2
Mondays – Laundry and kitchen
Tuesdays – Vacuum and sweep
Wednesday – Living room and bathroom
Thursday – Bedroom
Friday – Son’s room, guest room

 

If you need more help with what to include, here’s another reader-suggested list that looks fairly manageable.  As I explained when putting together my paint chip chart, my day naturally breaks up into 3 parts (morning, nap time, and afternoon), which makes 15 “slots” per working week. (I decided I’d do meal planning and grocery shopping on the weekends but try to stay away from cleaning).

 

I blocked out spots for things like work, regular play dates, and kid activities.  Then I tried to keep my list to a number that would allow me to do one task for each remaining spot.  You don’t have to be that precise though – at this point just aim to generalize your tasks enough to have a manageable list (i.e. “bathroom” instead of “scrub toilets”, “clean shower”, “empty bathroom trash”, “widex mirrors”, etc.)  Take a pen and make four or five columns on a piece of paper titled “daily”, “weekly” (along with “biweekly” if you want to do a 2 week cleaning schedule) “monthly”, and “infrequently”.  Then fill each column in accordingly.  Here’s what mine looked like:
Some of you will look at that list and think, “Seriously, she only mops her floors every two weeks – gross!” and others will think, “There’s no way I’m getting around to cleaning out my oven every month”.  You have to make a realistic schedule you think you might actually have a prayer of sticking too!  Honestly, seeing mopping on the schedule less than three times a month made me shudder a little.  But I also know, as much as I’d like to, I’m just not breaking out the steam mop every week.  That’s actually why I wrote down my “daily” tasks.  I’m not going to put them in writing anywhere on my cleaning chart (if I’m doing them daily I shouldn’t need the reminder right?).  During this step, however, it made me feel better because I could see that I’d be lightly sweeping and spot cleaning the floors daily (which is just a fancy way of saying wiping them with a washcloth when the dog treks in mud or S throws her food on the floor).

 

Step 2a: Turn Your List Into a Calendar
This is the point in the plan that you have to make a choice.  Refer back to your results from the Cleaning Schedule Pop Quiz.  If you were a Claire, definitely proceed with step 2a.  If you were a Phil or a Cam you could do well with an interactive calendar, or you may want to skip ahead to the checklist in step 2b instead.  Don’t spend too much time fretting over which method to choose, go with your gut and get on with it.

 

Tips on setting up a cleaning schedule

 

If you’re a calendar girl (or guy), take your list and assign each of your tasks to a day of the week.  For a weekly setup, this free cleaning list printable might be just the ticket.  Also, the weekly plan I featured on the initial inspiration board is a customizable pdf.

Tips on setting up a cleaning schedule

 

I’m also thinking of making you a simplified edition of my paint chip chart (pictured above) in case you’d like a quicker way to set up an interactive two week schedule.  Let me know if that’s something you’re interested in.  In the meantime, reader Lauren put together this version – it does require a little sewing but it’s magnet and lamination-free.

I went the two week route because of the added flexibility (I could plan to clean the bathrooms every Tuesday but only vacuum upstairs every other Friday).  Another option for the two week schedule, suggested by reader Korey, is to deep clean one area of the house and lightly clean another each day over a two week rotation (e.g. Monday – deep clean kitchen, lightly clean bathrooms, Tuesday – deep clean living room and lightly clean office, etc.).

 

Two tips: 
  1. Instead of writing directly on your printable, consider laminating it and using a dry-eraser marker.  That way the schedule can be modified if you’re having a funky week.
  2. Make sure to make a regular spot in your schedule for your “monthly” and “infrequent” tasks.  For example, maybe every Tuesday afternoon you pick a monthly task and every other Wednesday you try to get an infrequent task done.
Of course, you can always go high-tech too.  I’ll talk a little more about The Fly Lady later in this post, but it’s worth mentioning that she has teamed up with Cozi to offer this popular app. Quite a few of you commented that you’ve had success with motivated moms ebook and printable chore lists.  Upon investigating it looks like they also have an app,as well as a “lighter” free version, that might be worth checking out.  (Note: I am NOT an affiliate for this company.  I briefly entertained the idea based on multiple endorsements from you but I couldn’t preview the materials on the site so I didn’t feel comfortable moving forward).  Here’s another reader-suggested option:

 

“I use the ipad app (they also have it for iphone/ipod) HomeRoutines. I set up what needs to be done daily. I clean a different room everyday. This way some part of the house is always clean. I clean living room on Monday, basement/laundry room Tuesday, Kitchen Wednesday, Bathrooms Thursday and bedrooms on Friday so my weekend is free. I also do the laundry on Friday and change the beds and do that laundry on Monday.”
Tips on setting up a cleaning schedule

 

Just to be good and thorough before we move on to step 3, here’s a link to the above reader suggested weekly cleaning schedule and below is what my (ideal) two week schedule looks like:
Tips on setting up a cleaning schedule

 

 

On the last day of the two week cycle, I put “monthly or infrequent task”.  Since I currently have 4 monthly tasks, I’ll occasionally do one of my infrequent tasks instead and the monthly tasks won’t quite get done once a month – oh well, it’ll still be a lot more often than it’s getting done now.

Step 2b: Turn Your List Into a Checklist

If the idea of waking up each day only to be confronted by a to-do list makes you want to stamp your feet and yell, “You’re not the boss of me!”, then a master check list may be more your speed.  In fact, a lot of readers commented that they’d prefer to break everything up into 15-20 minute tasks they can check off as they’re able throughout their day or week.  This would be the perfect system for doing so.

 

Tips on setting up a cleaning schedule

 

As with the calendars, you can keep it super simple (One reader simply had a white board with 7 chores and each day she’d check one off.  If she misses a day, she breaks up the chore into smaller parts and spreads them out over the remaining days of the week).  But you might want to consider incorporating lists of the monthly and infrequent tasks too so you don’t forget about them. For that, I’m partial to the personalized cleaning checklist above.  This one’s not free but if those pretty colors motivate you to keep the house clean then isn’t it worth the three bucks?
Tips on setting up a cleaning schedule
Reader Kim wrote in to offer up these free printables from her blog.  They’re perfect for sticking in a binder or notebook (if that’s what floats your boat) and they’re available either blank or filled with suggested chores.

 

Tips on setting up a cleaning schedule

 

Here’s another reader suggested link.  These aren’t customizable but they’re all on one page.

 

Two tips:
  1. Again, consider laminating your checklist and writing with a dry-erase marker to allow for flexibility.
  2. You may want to write tasks that can be accomplished in 20 minutes in a different color than those that will take an hour or longer.  That way you can easily get a visual sense of how much work you really have left for the week.
Of course, there are app options for the check list too.  Facebook fan Karen posted this on my wall:

 

“I love Wunderlist for all of my to-do’s, including cleaning! Some cleaning tasks go on my “Weekly” list; when the task is done, I just bump it forward to the same day the following week. Less frequent tasks are on a “Rotating” list; those I do, check them off, and when they are all checked off, I uncheck them and start working through the list again. This is for stuff that doesn’t HAVE to be done daily or weekly”

See the “resources” section at the end of this post for more options.

 

Step 3: Build Some Good Habits
A lot of you wrote in and mentioned The Fly Lady system.  I don’t follow her site but I did check out an old version of The Fly Lady book a few years ago.  Honestly, I don’t remember too much about it (I do recall some hilariously antiquated stories about her failure to be a proper housewife) but what really stuck with me was her emphasis on creating micro-routines to continually keep the house clean so you won’t ever have to spend hours cleaning it.

 

Along those lines, Real Simple has an inspiring 30-minute-a-day list that lays out the 15 seconds – 5 minutes a day each individual task will actually take you.  I’m not always great at completing my daily routine but I’ve found that having one really helps.  Here are some of the things I attempt to incorporate into my day:
  • Wipe down the kitchen and bathrooms whenever I’m in there.  I use Clorox wipes (but wish I was organized enough to make these) and give the sink, counters and even the tub or toilet a quick wipe down whenever I remember.
  • Keep the dishes and kitchen sink clean.  I unload or load the dishes as needed whenever the kids are eating.  It’s just easier to do when they’re contained (although C has started doing the silverware).  The Fly Lady actually has this whole obsession with the kitchen sink.  I just lived far too long without a garbage disposal or a dishwasher as a grad student.  The thought of what I would face when I let the dishes pile up back then still gives me nightmares.
  • I try not to let the toy clutter get out of control.  I’m not a stickler but once the kids have played with, and moved on from, two or three toys they need to pick them up before getting anything else out.  Once the kids are in bed, I take 10 – 15 minutes to straighten up, make sure the dishes are done, and wipe down the kitchen.  I do this mostly because I can’t really relax unless at least that much is done and I think the kids’ play is more productive in a picked up (if not clean) house.
Another thing to consider is to incorporate a monthly or bi-monthly deep clean into your life – if for no other reason than it will allow you to let yourself off the hook a little the rest of the month because you know it’s coming.  It could be one day or spread out over a week.  Reader Shareen commented, “During the first week of each month, I spend a little extra time for the deep cleaning, including washing sheets.”

Step 4: Tackle the Laundry
What is it about laundry that I just can’t seem to get a hold on?  Maybe it’s that the incessant piles are never-ending, especially with two little kids who love to play in the mud and are still working on mastering the use of forks.  Whatever it is – I’ve been told, by all of you, that the key to conquering laundry is to do it every day if you can.  So far I can’t, but I have found that even getting a load done every other day makes a world of difference.  Plus I’ve scheduled in “catch up laundry time” once a week.

 

Most everyone sorts their laundry by color, one reader wrote in to say she does hers by family member (makes it really fast to put away, I would guess). I categorize my laundry by what I’m Ok with sitting in the dryer and getting slightly wrinkly and what I’m not.  (Sidenote: this isn’t really an issue if you iron.  I don’t – in fact, I dropped my iron behind the washing machine a month or two ago and haven’t yet found the need to fish it out from back there).  So once a day, in the morning if I’m really on top of it, at naptime if not, I try to throw a load of wash in.  If we’re going to be home in the afternoon, I’ll do a load from my closet (grown up clothes = high wrinkle aversion).  If I won’t be available to immediately hang up the clothes, then I try to wash things like towels, jeans, or kid clothes (they don’t seem to wrinkle much anyways and I’m really not bothered by it if they are – my poor neglected children).  Then I fold and put them away after the kids are in bed.

 

Other Good Stuff to Keep in Mind
  • Double Up When You Can – One of the best tips several of you gave was to take advantage of the kids being occupied whenever possible.  I already mentioned doing the dishes while the little ones are eating.  One brilliant reader suggested cleaning the bathroom while the kids bathe.
  • Get Everyone to Pitch In – A lot of you pointed out that the kids and spouses need to be involved in all of this and I couldn’t agree more. But I’m not going to even try to tell you how your family should do it.  One reader suggested this post on 43 chores young children can do.  Here’s my favorite reader write-in on the topic:
“I love to involve my kids in the chores. My 5yo can help to sort laundry (and eventually he’ll be able to do it alone.) My older kids all have a day to do their own laundry, grouped by twos. Then, they will also throw in clothes that go with their colors. This has really helped since I started working.  Because my husband is amazing – he taught each of the kids one or two dinners that they could make and now if he or I aren’t able to get dinner made, one of the kids will do it.”
  • Do Whatever it Takes to Stay Motivated – Whether its seeing a made bed every night or getting to check three things off a list every day, do what you can to stay motivated.  Reader Skin & Blisters (that’s a blog name not a person name) has an inspiration board on Pinterest.  She wrote, “When I look around and see mess, I go and look at it to remind myself I want a clean, clutter free home – I know that sounds a bit daft but it’s been working and I have a little rule in my head that I’m not allowed to pin anything if I’ve gone on their just to look at motivation!!”
  • You Don’t Have to Clean What You Don’t Have – The more often you can work a trip to Goodwill into your schedule, the less you’ll have to clean.   We’ll be doing an entire Project Organize Your ENTIRE Life segment on this topic so for now I’ve just made sure to put a spot on my cleaning calendar for “organizational projects”.  On this topic one reader wrote:

“I have a box both upstairs and downstairs. When something starts making me crazy (closets are my hot button) I take a bag to it. Even it if it doesn’t totally fix the problem, it gets me a little more sane & more likely to finish it up soon.”

  • Stay Flexible and Cut Yourself Some Slack  – Another thing a bunch of you agree on was not to be too hard on yourself.  Try to realize things will come up and you’re just not going to get to everything all the time.  Here are two relevant write-ins:
“I clean things in this order, as I feel like it, then cycle back around: wash sheets/towels, clean bathrooms, vacuum carpet, mop hard floors, dust. When I have extra time, I do the thing that’s bugging me the most (clean the oven, sweep the front porch). Everything stays mostly done and I’m not constantly self-criticizing for not doing all my “Tuesday” tasks”

 

“I need to have a master list of have to do this week, like to do this week, and in a dream world I would like to do this week. And then not stress if I only get one or two things done.”

That, believe it or not, is everything!  There’s a lot here, I know, but I wanted to have it all in one post so you could book mark it (or even better pin it!) to come back to whenever you need an inspiration boost, a new printable or app to try, or just want to chuck your current system and try something completely different.  As always, I want to hear from you!  Let me know what here looks the best to you, what you’ve tried and what you’re planning on trying.  And good luck!


Resources:
Here’s my best attempt at listing everything mentioned above along with any additional resources you all sent my way.  I couldn’t include all of your insights though, so be sure to check out the comments in the first post in this segment for even more good stuff.

 

Chore Lists

 

Customizable Calendars

Customizable Checklists

 

Permanent Cleaning Checklists

 

Cleaning Systems

 

Building Habits/Routines

 

Wunderlist
Remember the Milk
Errands To-Do List

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{ 38 comments… read them below or add one }

Kim February 26, 2012 at 6:05 am

Wow! This is such a great resource of resources! Thank you for putting it all together, I’m sure it took a lot of time and effort! I will definitely be checking it all out. Thanks for including my cleaning lists :)

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Pacas February 26, 2012 at 10:53 am

OMG what a great job!!!
My 1st step will be to create my to do list. I’m really thinking about it and it has to be the very 1st thing to start my organization project.
I’ll do it for myself cause I prefer it in Portuguese :) but you really have great tips!
Thanks for it!!

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another donkey design by kate February 26, 2012 at 12:25 pm

Wow. Seriously wow. I am almost encouraged to clean. Almost! But I love reading about it all.

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Steph at ModernParentsMessyKids.com February 27, 2012 at 5:06 am

Ha!

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Mom Finds It All February 26, 2012 at 11:25 pm

what an amazing post! I’ve been reading your blog for about 9 months now and I love it! I jumped on the POYEL wagon and I’m not getting off until I conquer the entire house. Thank you so much for your time, effort, and creativity. It’s awesome!

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Steph at ModernParentsMessyKids.com February 27, 2012 at 5:06 am

Your so welcome – thanks for being a loyal follower ;)

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Ms. Rosabella February 27, 2012 at 12:05 am

I am about to embark on week 2 of my cleaning checklist. I made one in Excel last week and it went very well. I put the daily stuff under each day of the week (dishes, wiping down bathroom sink, kitchen counters and stove, sort/trash mail, put things in their proper place and dirty clothes in the laundry basket). I then assigned different tasks to each day. We don’t have kids yet, but things tend to pile up due to our hectic schedules. I listed very specific things that needed to be done because I LOVE checking things off lists. I also found that some things don’t need to be done every week, so I put those on the side of the checklist on the computer to be moved in every other week. Thank you so much for your blog! You are the one who inspired me to try this!

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Elizabeth February 27, 2012 at 1:30 am

I looked up the HomeRoutines app and instantly bought it. I used it today. I only had to make a few edits because it is already set up with a cleaning schedule. Stuff that didn’t apply or did but need some editing was fixed easily and I used it immediately! I LOVE IT! No need to create lists or schedules because this app did it for me. I am also going to add to it my weekly to-do stuff that doesn’t involve cleaning. I really don’t see why you would need anything else. Fantastic! Thanks so much for the idea!

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Steph at ModernParentsMessyKids.com February 27, 2012 at 5:05 am

So glad you found something here that’s working well for you.

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glimmersnaps February 27, 2012 at 4:28 am

Awesome! I’ve recently changed my routine a bit and made a pretty, page-a-day reminder sheet.

One thing you might want to add is to try it out for a week or two before you have it set in stone (or laminated… whatevea) because things might be forgotten or need to be switched around. Of course the magnets are great for switching around whenever!

I’m working on a huge project for my blog so the rest of the house is a COMPLETE disaster. I’ll have to dive right into that schedule as soon as I finish!

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Steph at ModernParentsMessyKids.com February 27, 2012 at 5:04 am

Great point, being a little non-committal in the beginning doesn’t hurt!

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tegel outlet February 27, 2012 at 5:40 am

Awesome post Thanks for sharing

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Lauren, Crafts by: readysetLove February 27, 2012 at 6:37 pm

Thanks for the mention! I love my cleaning chart. Thanks so much for your great ideas!

Lauren <3

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Alyssa February 28, 2012 at 4:04 am

Ok I have made list after list after list and I can’t seem to get the motivation. How do you stay motivated to clean?

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Steph at ModernParentsMessyKids.com February 28, 2012 at 4:22 am

I hear ya Alyssa. For me what helps is being able to change it up as I go. If I have a set list for the week and I fail on Monday then I already feel like giving up. On the other hand, if I can change my list and move on, then that really helps me stay motivated.

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Anonymous May 16, 2012 at 5:47 am

I had a real pack-rat clutter problem as I couldn’t seem to throw anything away, or I procrastinated about putting it where it belonged! I finally got my eyes opened when I took the camera around the house and took a picture of every room and/or trouble spot. I printed the pictures. I laid them out where I could see them every day and told myself, “This is the way others see your home!” I’m still not Martha, but it’s a whole lot better around here and as I continue to de-clutter, and quit procrastinating, it will get even better!

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Anonymous May 16, 2012 at 5:51 am

I guess I should have related the above answer to cleaning too. Take of picture of your junk drawers, messy closets, corners of your kitchen floor (up close!), the 1″ of dust on the coffee table, etc…it’s the same thing…pics don’t lie and they really bring it home. We tend not to “see” the yuk stuff after a while!

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Megan February 28, 2012 at 10:05 pm

Wow, here’s my simple list http://www.cheeseandwhiskers.com/2012/02/how-i-keep-my-home-clean-enough-and-free-printable/
I know I could add a lot more to it. But for now it’s good enough for me.

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Amanda March 1, 2012 at 7:44 am

I did it! I did it! I finally did it! Don’t have a link, but it’s simple AND color-coordinated, and it doesn’t make me feel overwhelmed. I might actually manage not to save everything for the weekend and then give up altogether! Hooray! :)

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Tutus & Tea Parties March 3, 2012 at 4:07 pm

Wonderful ideas! I have to do this. I do so much better when I have a visual of what I need to get done.

I’d love for you to link up this or any other posts on my Pinterest Party: http://tutusandteaparties.blogspot.com/2012/03/pinteresting-party-week-29.html

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Regina March 5, 2012 at 8:44 pm

For the list-makers out there, I’d recommend astrid’s to-do-list app. Especially for the less motivated people! having my checklist with me on my phone at all times is helpful, because it helps me plan for when I get home; the app is super encouraging with it’s reminders (saying things like “got a minute? Why don’t you work on [do laundry]?”), offers you praise when you complete a task (“im so proud of how productive you are today!”), etc. you can set tasks to repeat on even the oddest of cycles, specify timers, sync to your calendar, even delegate tasks to others (kids and husband anyone?)…. It’s not satisfying for the creative part if me, but it is certainly motivating!

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Regina March 5, 2012 at 8:44 pm

For the list-makers out there, I’d recommend astrid’s to-do-list app. Especially for the less motivated people! having my checklist with me on my phone at all times is helpful, because it helps me plan for when I get home; the app is super encouraging with it’s reminders (saying things like “got a minute? Why don’t you work on [do laundry]?”), offers you praise when you complete a task (“im so proud of how productive you are today!”), etc. you can set tasks to repeat on even the oddest of cycles, specify timers, sync to your calendar, even delegate tasks to others (kids and husband anyone?)…. It’s not satisfying for the creative part if me, but it is certainly motivating!

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Regina March 5, 2012 at 8:45 pm

For the list-makers out there, I’d recommend astrid’s to-do-list app. Especially for the less motivated people! having my checklist with me on my phone at all times is helpful, because it helps me plan for when I get home; the app is super encouraging with it’s reminders (saying things like “got a minute? Why don’t you work on [do laundry]?”), offers you praise when you complete a task (“im so proud of how productive you are today!”), etc. you can set tasks to repeat on even the oddest of cycles, specify timers, sync to your calendar, even delegate tasks to others (kids and husband anyone?)…. It’s not satisfying for the creative part if me, but it is certainly motivating!

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Regina March 5, 2012 at 8:48 pm

For the list-makers out there, I’d recommend astrid’s to-do-list app. Especially for the less motivated people! having my checklist with me on my phone at all times is helpful, because it helps me plan for when I get home; the app is super encouraging with it’s reminders (saying things like “got a minute? Why don’t you work on [do laundry]?”), offers you praise when you complete a task (“im so proud of how productive you are today!”), etc. you can set tasks to repeat on even the oddest of cycles, specify timers, sync to your calendar, even delegate tasks to others (kids and husband anyone?)…. It’s not satisfying for the creative part if me, but it is certainly motivating!

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Rachelle March 6, 2012 at 1:08 pm

I seriously love you. And because you are shedding light on some basic issues I come up against as a stay at home mommy, my children and husband unknowingly thank you too.

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CharterSchoolTeacher March 12, 2012 at 10:09 pm

Can you help me organize me life? I work full time and have an hour commute via ferry every M-F. My three year-old and I get home at 6:30 and by the time dinner, bath, etc gets done it’s time for bed. I really only have Saturday and Sunday to organize/clean. How can I organize my life and still have family time?

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Anonymous April 15, 2012 at 9:36 pm

I am right there with ya! We started this 2 weeks ago and it has been working out well. We now spend about 20 minutes per day and that’s it! Break it down into small manageable places for you. For example the kitchen and dining room are together at my house so I have a separate day for each kitchen, dining room and fridge/freezer so I’m not so overwhelmed by the large area. I usually talk myself out of cleaning so just the right mindset has helped tremendously. Cleaning HAS to be done, you have to choose whether you’d like to clean the bathrooms today and be done or wait until Sunday and spend all afternoon doing everything (me EXACTLY). Another great idea she posted in her article was to do things while you can with the kids – for me as well, if my son is in his chair eating I try to clean the kitchen a little, when he takes a bath I organize and wipe the counters down (be careful not to put smelly chemicals like toilet cleaner while baby is in the room). Hope this helped a little!

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DeeDee July 2, 2014 at 5:06 pm

I found that if I do 2 things it’s much easier to keep things going and mostly clean. 1)a list. Not only am I not Martha but I am also an adult living with ADHD so I need a visual list to follow. I created mine over time and one room at a time. For example, my kitchen list was created over about 3 days & I put it together while I was cooking dinner. I just kept a notebook that I carried from room to room as I went. (Post it notes make an easy way to have a separate section for each room.) once I was finished with the list I would spend 5-15 minutes after kids were in bed and sort my list into sections (daily, weekly ect). Once that was done I typed them up. I have a master binder I am working on but for my daily use lists I have hem printed up on those Avery postcards and laminated those. 5X7,index cards work well too.
2) I double up when ever possible. For example, while I am cooking dinner if I am wait for something (water to boil, something to cook ect) I spend a few minutes and organize/clean out a drawer or sweep or load/unload the dishwasher or work on my menus plan …..you get the idea. I generally don’t spend more than 5-15 minutes on any one thing because I generally don’t have any more time (plus it is easier for me to stay focused in shorter bursts) than that.

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Jackie M. March 14, 2012 at 4:09 pm

I love the list with the quarterly/semi-annually/annually lists… One great idea, instead of laminating which can look cheap, find a picture frame large enough to fit the list and use the glass front as your “dry-erase” surface, AND it looks great on your wall with a cute frame :D

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Megan April 15, 2012 at 9:29 pm

I actually just started this 2 weeks ago and it has been working ok for us. I was so tired of spending 4 hours every Sunday cleaning that I figured if we spent 30 minutes a day cleaning one room really good that it might help. Our only snag is keeping things picked up throughout the week but it’s getting better. We just know that when it’s “bathroom” day that means that every single surface gets scrubbed and disinfected not just wiping down the counter. We do laundry, dishes and vacuuming as needed 2-3x a week. I LOVE sitting down and knowing that it is very clean!

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Liveseygirl April 26, 2012 at 7:47 am

Thanks so much for this post. We have just had baby 2 and I have retrained to be a childminder so will be looking after the home but it will also be my “shop window” so needs to be clean and tidy. a chart/schedule/list is just what I need.

In return a laundry tip for you. Laundry is one thing I am good at because we opted for reusable nappies so they have to be washed every day plus usual washing for a family of 4.

Before baby 2 came I got rid of separate laundry bins. I have one big one. Obviously it fills up faster=more likely to do washing.

The laundry storage we chose it a box with a lid. I store the laundry basket on the top so it is always to hand. At the end of each day I fill up the basket wiyh a load for the next day. I then put the nappies in to wash overnight. In the morning I take the nappies out and pop the washing in.

Wow I am a bit dull ha ha. I hope someone finds my tip useful!

Thanks again for the post it really is just what I need to get my house running like my laundry :-D xx

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skatie9 May 3, 2012 at 1:11 am

This is such a great scource of info and I so want to do this! I am having a hard time making my schedule between work, taking the kids to martial arts twice a week and church Sunday a.m. and Wednesday p.m. but I am trying and I want to. Any suggestions?

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melanie June 4, 2012 at 7:36 pm

TRY THIS!!!! HomeRoutines App for the iphone/ipad. It IS your list.

http://www.homeroutines.com/

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Jamie Tucker September 13, 2012 at 11:10 am

This is so Helpful!! Thank you!

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Brenay Brock October 9, 2012 at 11:54 am

I have a fantastic cleaning, erm, system, I guess you would could call it. It’s more about changing your mindset and how you clean, plus it works well for people who may have individual problems. Pardon the french, but the name is UnF***YourHabitat. When you google it, type in the actual eff word, not the stars. Even with the cursing, it’s so worth it on every level. UFYH has changed my life, and was what actually started me getting organized and minimalist in the first place!

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Austin Maid Service January 26, 2013 at 1:51 am

Love the concept. Looking forward to dl it in Word format to see if I can enlist my 2 teenage daughters to do their share of housekeeping. Thanks.

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Jamile Jones August 18, 2013 at 10:55 am

This post is like amazing I am so going to use some of the ideas here I really am trying to schedule everything in my life so that everything can be completed. Thank you for so much detailed tips and ideas its mind boggling but after going through it one or two more times i think ill have it.

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