The first jet-lagged night in our new home, I sat on the couch mentally reviewing every room and writing down the tasks that needed to be done in each room (and also what containers I wanted, but that’s another subject). I labeled each task, daily, weekly or monthly, choosing the longest time interval that seemed bearable. I would love to wash the finger prints off the windows every day, but that takes too much time, and frankly, no one would know the difference if I did. However, we do notice if we have plates for supper.
Here’s my list for the play room:
Put away clutter — daily
Dust shelves and tables–daily
Sweep under the sofa—weekly
Dust light fixtures—weekly
Wash windows– weekly
Wipe down the toys—monthly
This is my tweaked list. I didn’t realize that the lights needed to be dusted until I had been cleaning for a few weeks (We recently figured out that they double AC returns!), and it took me longer than I care to admit to give up on cleaning the windows every day.
I don’t do my daily chores every day, or my monthly chores monthly. It’s more like five days out of seven for the daily chores and the monthly chores happen about every six weeks. I do make the weekly chores most of the time, but when I had a nursing baby, they were really more like bi-weekly chores.
The goal is to put a plan on paper that approximates reality. Then, I know what I need to attempt, and I have limits that make me stop cleaning. Otherwise, my perfectionism takes over, and I get cranky and ignore the kids, or shut down and don’t do anything for the house because I’m over whelmed. I made this plan knowing I would change it.
I think it’s helpful to learn from others. Would you share how often you do the needed tasks for one room in your home? And, maybe more importantly, why at those time intervals?