Considering how busy our lives are from Monday through Fridays, One will want to sleep all through Saturday. Infact, I often wish there was another day in-between Sundays and Mondays, then i can be satisfied from a good rest and feel the readiness for a Monday morning. But then again, nothing is ever enough for us humans.
The thoughts of Saturday cleanings, Laundry and other chores can be so over whelming, I could lie down in bed all morning.
One day when I was surfing the internet, I found something really interesting on how to clean up your house in 20 minutes a day for the days of the week, hmmmmmm! Really interesting. I now apply these principles and guidelines and wow, it has been of great help to me, so I thought it will be generous of me to share with my lovely ladies.
When I first learned to clean my own place, I thought Saturday had to be an all day clean-a-thon. I didn’t really have a concept of how to balance the work load during the week so weekends could be reserved for larger projects or even you know…fun! Now I clean in 20 minutes a day — every day — and things just seem to take care of themselves. Here’s a glimpse at the schedule I use!
No one said you had to do everything at once and even when time seems short, if you can manage one task a day, things should start to work themselves out. Adjust this list as your family’s needs require (those with more or less children might require doing certain activities more or less). If it’s easier, take a blank calendar and fill it in accordingly so easier tasks are on days where your day is go, go, go and reserve the more difficult ones for days when things are a little lighter. Here are 5 tips to help make these 30 days a success:
Dealing With What Comes Through The Door
Set up a small area by the front door to act as a “landing strip” for incoming items to your home. If you’re a longtime reader this is nothing new to you. If this is the first time you’ve heard this phrase outside of reference to personal grooming habits, then make sure to check out Maxwell’s Home Cure video on the topic.
Do Your Dishes After Every Meal
This will help you stay on top of your kitchen instead of having it turn into a monster! No one really wants to do them (after all, you probably cooked dinner to boot). But waiting for another meal or until you have enough to fill the dishwasher just makes things feel overwhelming and easier to put off. The same goes for taking out trash as well. If you need to take the trash out, place it by the front door to go out in the morning or dispose of it that night so it’s over and done with. Still having trouble? Try the one-cup method.
If you have a washer and dryer at home, do a little bit each day. Spread things out so you don’t feel bogged down by 200 towels and stinky socks. If you take things to a Laundromat, sort clothes as you go so things are easier to load into machines when you get there. Fold them before you come home so you aren’t dumping baskets out on your sofa or bed and they can go straight into drawers and closets. Not feeling inspired? Treat yourself… to a new laundry basket. It’s the little things.
Whistle While You Work
No one really enjoys cleaning, but singing, humming, whistling or turning up the stereo are all great options to keep the beat in your feet and have fun while working. Here are a few past posts on killer cleaning soundtracks.
Set a Timer
Most items on the list below should take no more than 20 minutes total. It’s easy to rationalize 20 minutes, but it’s also easy to get distracted by phone calls, emails, children and other projects that call your name as you tackle each chore. Set a timer for 5 or 10 minutes (which ever works best for you) and that way when it sounds you know exactly how much time you have left. If you find yourself off task it’s easy to get back on track.
Sarah Rae Smith