Once upon a time I was a younger self, unmarried and living at my parent’s house. I didn’t own a home, didn’t have a full time job and definitely didn’t have major financial responsibilities.
Times have changed now. I do own a home, have a full time job and have way more bills than I guessed I would while living rent free at the parent’s house.
At times these three things can be pretty stressful. Owning a home takes up a lot of time, even when you just think about keeping up with repairs and making it presentable. Cleaning tends to take the backseat when time is tight for me. However, keeping the house at least semi-clean keeps me and the hubby happier and less stressed. Here’s a plan I put together to make cleaning a bit less overwhelming for me.
Each day I plan to tackle two small tasks that tend to not happen as often as I want. Some days it takes 10-15 minutes, others about 20 – 30. Doing this means I don’t have to spend hours over the weekend cleaning when I’d rather be having fun!
Here is what I came up with:
Sunday: Clean the shower/put away stacked up papers
Monday: Clean bathroom toilet-sink/organize a drawer or messy area
Tuesday: Vacuum upstairs/clean the litter box
Wednesday: Vacuum downstairs and stairs/sweep kitchen and bathrooms
Thursday: Clean up closet and put away clothes/wipe down 1-2 shelves in the fridge
Friday: Dust 1 room/clean litter box
I chose to not include Saturdays because sometimes we’re away on that day, plus I just want to have 1 day each week when I don’t clean.
Obviously you can fill in items that are important for you to get done, or that you don’t really get to.
I printed my list out and stuck it on my fridge so that I see it every day. If it’s out of sight then it’s out of my mind for sure.
I hope my idea can help you maintain better balance with your house.
In the future I will talk about my strategies for keeping up with balancing a full time job and financial responsibilities.
Let me know if you put together a weekly cleaning keep up list!