Simple Schedule of Easy Ways to Organize Cleaning Schedule
Being frugal with money in today’s economy has become a must have but what about being frugal with our time. When I was single it seemed there was always enough time and this continued even after I got married and gained a step-son. It wasn’t until my daughter was born that time seemed to slowly disappear. Then with 1 husband, 2 kids, 1 Father-In-Law, 3 dogs, 12 foster puppies, 2 foster dogs, 2 cats, and a snake, I almost felt like the day really wasn’t 24 hours long. Since you can’t buy hours to add on to your day (and I wouldn’t without a coupon if you could) I had to look for other ways to save time. When I looked around for easy ways to organize and be frugal with my time I found convenience foods, quick cleaning products, eating take-out, and not allowing family members to participate in extra activities. All of that though comes with a price (higher food bills or loss of sanity amongst family members because all you see are each other.) I decided a few months back that I no longer wanted to live like that. So I started with the first area that zapped a lot of my time – Cleaning the house. Since I couldn’t give up cleaning as I am sure my mom would call “Clean House” on me, I looked for ways to make this less time consuming and stressful.
My first order of business was to make my children aware of their responsibilities – This included making their beds, changing their sheets, putting their dirty clothes in the hamper, putting their clean clothes away, cleaning their rooms (which includes dusting, vacuuming, and every day messes), putting their dirty dishes away, and packing their lunches for school. In order to teach them responsibility of pet ownership, they also have to pitch in and help with the foster animals.
That accomplished I informed my husband that he had to take ownership of 2 household chores. He chose doing the Laundry and feeding the dogs. Hey, every little bit helps and I can say that now my laundry basket looks like this most days.
Finally, I decided to make a calendar with all my chores listed for each day. This would make it easier to get motivated to clean since I knew it would take 30 minutes or less a day. To figure out what needed to be on the calendar, I made a list of everything that needed to be done (even if it was only once a month). Then I went thru and wrote next to each thing how often I wanted to do it. I decided not to bite off more than I knew what possible. I figured if I got the inkling to do it more frequently then I could.
Once I knew how often I needed to figure out what day would be best for each. I tried not to put to much on one day and opted to leave Sunday empty and Saturday with very little so we could enjoy family time without feeling like we had a lot to do at home. I created a calendar in Microsoft Word and got to typing and this is the finished result. For the things I need to do daily I listed them in one of the blank boxes on the calendar and the same with the monthly chores. We cross the things off once they are done so the other family members know what needs to be done. I did it month specific so I would have a handy calendar on my fridge as well but you could make a generic calendar with just the days of the week and follow it on an every other schedule if that is how you have it scheduled out.
The greatest benefit from the chore calendar was my husband pitching in more. It seemed that once he saw it in black and white and knew what needed to be done he didn’t mind doing it. I guess he can’t read my brain after all or know what I am thinking. Maybe one day I can figure out how to make that happen but until then I am going to find more ways to put time in my day. So now that I have my easy ways to organize my cleaning schedule, I am ready for the summer to start.