Sunday, January 27, 2013

Clean My House

I've always been a huge fan of the fly lady.

I really believe I can do anything for 15 minutes.

And I've used the room-a-week method for a lot of decluttering.  (And on that decluttering thing.... house looks great..... garage.... not so much.....)

But I've been finding myself spending way too much time cleaning on the weekends. 

Way.  Too.  Much.  Time.

I need a service.  But that isn't in the budget.

And I work a solid 40 in an office.

So I need a way to get the house clean... in about 15 minutes.... between 8:45-9:00pm.

So I set a schedule and, so far, it seems to be working.

Monday:  Kitchen/Dining Room.  Monday nights are gymnastics from 6:00-7:00.  So it needs to be an easy night.... the kitchen and dining room usually stay pretty clean.  And they are the first areas you see in our tiny house so Hot has a vested interest in keeping them clean to maintain his sanity.

Tuesday:  Laundry Room.  Tuff has art class 5:00-6:00 so it is another late night.  And because by Tuesday we usually need another load of laundry done.

Wednesday:  Bathroom.  This works well because Wednesday is also bath night.  And I can sneak in another load of laundry or some folding while they soak. 

Thursday:  Living Room/Office Space.  I think I originally set this up because there was a tv show I liked on Thursday but I have no idea what show it was....  The Office Space is an ongoing nightmare.  I need a fancy scanner.  Or a small bonfire.  Or something. 

Friday:  Bedroom.  For everyone.  This is a cheap trick because the kids have to clean their rooms before they can have movie night.  Brilliant, no?  I also hit the laundry hard again on Friday and do some folding during movie night. 

So how is it working?  Ok.  The house is cleaner than usual and everyone knows the schedule so they are mostly willing to put in a few minutes of work every night because they know it matters to me.

So... what does each night of cleaning involve?  Some nights more than others.  I'm working on a list... the basics and the detailed stuff. 

How do you get your house clean?


Sarahp said...

I've been struggling with spending SOOO MUUUCH TIIIIME cleaning on the weekends. This might help me.

Skylar Cox said...

This cleaning is something that’s I’ve been trying to follow through since the idea of checklist and scheduling came up to me. Sadly, I have always been too tired to accomplish anything whenever I came home from work. So I revert back to weekend cleaning method. It’s a good thing I’m not the kind of girl who parties and go out somewhere every weekend, or else I don’t know what cleaning schedule will work for me anymore. >.<

Skylar Cox