Can you believe that we are on week 11 of my quest for organization?
So far I have been reading from the Bible, trying to get 8 hours of sleep, dressing for success, exercising and drinking more water, keeping my bathrooms “company ready”, establishing a laundry routine, trying to keep my kitchen clean, menu planning, making my bed, and decluttering.
That’s a lot of new habits! I would love to tell you that my home is now spotless and that I am super organized, but that isn’t the case.
These past eleven weeks haven’t been about going from unorganized to organized in 11 easy steps. Instead, they have been a process of disciplining myself to do the things that have to be done so I can enjoy my family more and be a good steward of the things God has blessed us with.
Do I want to do laundry every day?
Do I enjoy cleaning up after cooking for 7 people?
Do I live to clean?
My hope is that doing the tasks I have been trying to turn into habits will become just that. Habits.
I also hope to set a good example for my children. I don’t want to send them out into the world someday thinking that it’s alright to be a slob.
Finally, I hope that I can dispel the myth that creative women who have lots of children can’t have a clean house.
When I was younger my mom went back to school to get her master’s degree while working part time a half an hour from home and raising two kids.
My dad bought her a sign that hung in our kitchen for many years that I am sure he hoped would take the pressure off of her to have a spotless house.
The sign read, “Dull women have clean houses.”
The problem with that sign is that it became my mantra for housekeeping without me even knowing it.
I love to be crafty and creative and really do not enjoy cleaning. That doesn’t mean I don’t want a clean, tidy house. It just means I don’t enjoy doing what it takes to get it that way.
Sure, I know there are people whose houses look much worse than mine, but that is no excuse. This brings me to this week’s goal: Create a weekly cleaning schedule.
While many of the goals I have already made involve cleaning they don’t tackle the monotonous tasks of dusting, vacuuming, and mopping.
An organized home should also be a clean home and that is what I hope to achieve with my new weekly cleaning schedule.
As you can see it is pretty simple; however, I think this is a good start for getting into a better cleaning routine.
After a week or two I may need to make adjustments, but that is part of the process.
If you want to try my new cleaning schedule you can click on the link or picture above to print it out.
However, if you would prefer to create your own schedule then you will want to print out a blank schedule below.
Sometime in the future, after I get the weekly cleaning schedule down pat, I hope to create a yearly schedule which would cover things like washing windows and walls, etc.
In addition to trying out my new cleaning schedule, I will be keeping up with my other goals.
I will also be adding one more cup of water to my daily total which means I will be drinking eight 8 oz. glasses of water per day.
Here’s an updated checklist for all of the goals I have made so far. Click on the picture or link below to print one out for yourself.
Do you have a cleaning schedule? I would love to hear what works for you.