Setting up a cleaning system part 5

Good morning, hope you are having a great start to your week. If you are looking around at your home this morning and getting overwhelmed by the mess everywhere, I encourage you to look back and start at part 1 of this series of how to set yourself up with a cleaning system.  If you are willing to sit and take a couple of hours to work through this, I promise it will change your life—as far as cleaning house goes.

We all like things to be easier.  It just sometimes takes some hard doing to get to that easier:)

Let’s keep working……………

Now that your daily and weekly chart is all done, it is time to work on our monthly chores.  These are the chores that you need to do only once per month.  In our family these chores consist of:

  • washing the girls bedding
  • washing the boys bedding
  • washing our bedding
  • washing the throw blankets
  • organizing the freezers—to know what I have for meals
  • wiping the dining room table legs and bench legs
  • wiping the washer and dryer off
  • spot wipe all high traffic areas on walls
  • wipe switch plates
  • wipe fan blades
  • vacuum out air and heating vents-replace filters
  • wipe down bathroom cabinets
  • wipe and dust wall decorations
  • vacuum behind/under/inside couches and chairs
  • dust light fixtures
  • clean oven

Typically you get 4 weeks out of the month to do these chores.  In our home, I divided up the chores by the number of weeks that I had.  I then made a list.

Week 1

  • wash our bedding
  • wipe the dining room table legs/benches
  • wipe the fan blades
  • dust light fixtures

Week 2

  • wash girls bedding
  • spot wipe all walls
  • wipe switch plates
  • wipe/dust wall decor

Week 3

  • wash boys bedding
  • vacuum out vents
  • vacuum out couch/chair
  • deodorize trash cans

Week 4

  • wash throw blankets
  • wiped down bathroom cabinets/walls/fixtures
  • clean oven

Notice that I grouped similar chores together.  Instead of getting out the vacuum each week, I put all the “vacuuming” jobs on week 3.  When I was going to wipe all the walls, I decided to do all the extra chores that were similar to that chore for week 2.  We have a large family and I cannot do too much laundry, so I space out when I have to wash everyone’s bedding.

Now when do I get all these chores done?  Do I have a “set day?”  Not always.  Typically I will have my list all printed out and then on Monday, I will look at my list of what I have to do for the week.  If I get a few free minutes here or there, I will tackle a job.  Sometimes I wait and designate it all to be done on Saturday when I have extra time.  These jobs are good for children who don’t obeyJ   They are not much fun and work well if I have someone who has an attitude problem.  That isn’t always the case, so we just tackle them and get them done somewhere in between life.

You can also delegate who does that by placing their initial after the chore.  Do what is best for your family.

Here is your free printable to help you with this task.

monthly chores by week

Have a blessed day today as you strive to be the BEST women of the home!

Part 6

Setting up a cleaning system part 4

You haven’t gotten overwhelmed yet by all this new information as to how to set up a chore system have you?  I promise that if you start out with the 1st step and diligently work through them all you WILL have a successful method when you are finished.  We have been using this method for over 15 years and it works well.  It is able to be flexible enough to incur unexpected situations yet allows you to get all of your tasks done for the week.

Lets keep going….

You have your weekly chore list complete.  It has everything that you want to get done each week but not necessarily each day.  Now you are going to have to make some decisions and choose which days you work on which tasks.  For our family we choose a couple areas each day.

Monday we focus on floors and playroom.  This means that we sweep and steam all the hard floors in our home.  We also vacuum every inch of carpet.  After the weekend, things tend to get dirty.  We start the week out fresh by doing this.  We also do a thoroughly cleaning of the play room.  Things get organized properly and put away.  The floors should be picked up as that is part of our daily routine.  If I see an item that belongs to someone, I remind them to please pick it up.

Tuesday we focus on bathrooms.  This day I deep clean and do all of the bathroom tasks that need to be done.  Each day, I do a quick wipe but today, I get the tub scrubbed, mirrors polished, toilet disinfected, and trash emptied.

Wednesday is our kitchen day.  We normally do extra baking this day, so I choose to deep clean it as well.  As we are going about our baking, I do a scan of my cupboards and make sure that things are organized properly.  I look through the drawers and see if the proper items are in each one.  I straighten my pantry so that I know what foods I have to eat.  I fill my sink up with some cleaner and wipe off the front of all of my cabinets when we are done baking.  This removes food and finger grime.  Make sure to wipe the cabinets on the bottom. Sometimes those are overlooked and they can get very dirty.  I wipe the back splash to remove any splatters or grease.  After all of our food is cooked and baked, I wipe down the stove and microwave and give it a good shine. I clean out the inside of the refrigerator, throwing away any old food and wiping each shelf. The outside gets a wipe as well. We also rinse and scrub out our water bottles for the week this day.  We constantly keep them filled but once a week I sanitize and scrub them out.   The floor gets a sweep and a spot hand wash to remove any food that we may have dropped during our baking. Our trash gets picked up tomorrow, so we make sure to empty all of the household cans and put the trash out to the road this day.

Thursday we focus on doing all of our dusting and window cleaning.  We also straighten our school items.  This means we straighten the books, clean out our homeschooling area—return pencils to their proper place, throw away any paper, put library books in bags, etc.  I have a child that goes around and wood cleans everything in the home. Another child takes the window/mirror cleaner and goes around and cleans all the windows from the inside and wipes all the tvs, mirrors, tablets, computers, and phones.

Fridays we focus on the bedrooms and putting away all of our laundry.  I don’t designate one day to wash all of our laundry because we have so much plus our septic couldn’t handle all that water.  Each day I wash and dry one load of laundry.  I place the dried clothing in baskets: one for girls, one for boys, and one for my husband and myself.  Towels get placed in a basket on top of the washer when they are dried.  If a child needs an extra chore for the day due to disobedience or I find that I am running low during the week and can’t wait till Friday, I will have them fold this basket and put them away.   Everyone works at separating and putting away their own.  The older children can fold and hang their own. The younger ones can put away in their proper areas once I fold them.  Each bedroom gets a good cleaning.  I will clean under the beds, straighten desks, shelves, and drawers.  I will wipe down anything that maybe got forgotten during the dusting day.  The girls wipe down their shelves.  The boys organize their toys in their proper bins.  Closets are checked to be in order.  We thoroughly vacuum the bedrooms again this day.  I also run the vacuum through the living areas again to get them cleaned for the weekend.

Saturday we focus on outside chores.  We will empty and clean the van.  We sweep and straighten the porches.  We clean out the chicken coop.  We wash the pet bowls out and clean up any dog mess. If we couldn’t get down any other weekly chores during the week, this is the day when we would catch up.  Maybe you had an unexpected company on your dusting day.  We would just catch up with it today.

You will have to decide which days you want to do each of your tasks. Plan your focus on area depending up your circumstances.  If you have to leave the house early for church on a certain day to help with classes, don’t make that your kitchen day.  It will only stress you out as you try and get everything done.  Our kitchen day is a day that I know I am going to be home and not have to leave the house.  On Fridays, we do our shopping and errands.  The children like to go to the library, they know that once their rooms are done, we can leave.   This helps them focus.  Mondays are always busy after a long week, I keep my “extra weekly chores” shorter and just focus on the floors.  You arrange it according to the demands of your family.  If your husband gets home early on a certain day, don’t take on a lot of extra work that day.  Choose things that can be done quickly.

Create your list according to your family plans.  You may need to switch it up a bit.  Fill out the charts and work at your daily list and then designate a time in the afternoon to work on your weekly list.  If you find that you can’t get it all done in one day, that is okay.  As your week goes on, you will find that you don’t have as many extra chores on another day and you can rearrange and add those chores onto another day.

This is a work in progress situation.  You are going to have to implement it and then evaluate if it is working for you or not.  This is what a successful manager does.

As you fill in the weekly chores designate if someone is to help you do that tasks.  Place their initial next to the chore.  As you do the chores throughout the week, notice if one child gets done with their work more quickly than others.  You may need to add additional chores to that child if another tasks takes longer.

In our family, we try and not do extra chores on Sunday and make it a time for family and worship.  It is okay if the laundry piles up this day or that there may be dirt on the floors.  You will get to them.  Make it a time of rest and relaxing.

Remember to post these lists along with your daily list in an area you can see.  You will be making a final copy that is neat when you are finished.  Right now, you will have erasures and changes made as you try and figure out what works best for your family.

Remember to cross it off your weekly chore list from step 3 when transferring so that nothing gets overlooked. Pay attention to the chores that you place a number next to.  For example, if you need the trash emptied 2 times per week, make sure to write which two days you want it emptied.

weekly chores by day

Keep working!! You are almost done setting up a system that will work for your home.  Be blessed today as you strive to be a good manager of your home.

part 5

Setting up a cleaning system part 3

Are you diligently working on creating a cleaning system that will work for your family?  I promise that if you keep at it, I know it takes time, but you WILL have a plan in place and you WILL be successful.  You just have to endure and work your way through this.

Let’s now transfer all of your chores that you find that need to be done weekly and place them in categories by room.  Write down in the box the number of times you need to do this.  Let’s say for example you want your bathroom trashes emptied two times per week, then write the number “2” in the column.  If the task only needs to be done one time like dusting the furniture, then place a “1” in the column.

Weekly chores

Some examples of weekly chores for us include

Kitchen

  • wash floors
  • wipe out microwave
  • clean out refrigerator
  • wipe all cabinent faces
  • organize pantry
  • clean and polish stove

Bathroom

  • scrub the tub
  • wipe sink and vanity
  • clean and wipe drawers out
  • clean toilet
  • empty trash
  • wash floor
  • spot wipe walls for fingerprints

Living room

  • dust all wood items
  • vacuum –two times per week
  • wipe the windows
  • straighten bookshelf
  • water the plants

Boys bedroom

  • organize toys back to proper place
  • put away laundry
  • dust furniture
  • wipe off tablets
  • vacuum the floor —two times per week

Outside work

  • straighten the decks
  • sweep the porches
  • pick up the trash cans from the road
  • clean out the van
  • wash the van
  • clean out the chicken coop

Remember to keep working at your daily chore list each and every day.  You are beginning to form habits of doing something on a regular basis.  You will start implementing this weekly list as you finish with it.  Don’t hurry through it, just work diligently. You want a better system for your life.  You want a clean house that doesn’t overwhelm you will “stuff.”  Putting this into effect will help you.

I encourage you to keep at this. Have a blessed day as you strive to be the BEST keeper of the home as you can be!!!

part 4

 

 

 

 

Setting up a cleaning system for your home part 2

Now that you have your list made as you continue on, you may think about a few extras that you had forgotten and that is great, just keep adding them.

I want you to gather up all your daily chores and place them on a new list.  These are all things that you feel is important to do each and every day.  In our home these things include:

  • picking up master bedroom and making bed
  • picking up boys room and making beds
  • picking up girls room and making beds
  • quick wipe of the bathrooms
  • sweep of the kitchen and dining room floors
  • washing one load of laundry
  • feeding cat and dog
  • feeding the chickens
  • empty the big trash can
  • wash dishes/put away after breakfast
  • wash dishes/ put away after lunch
  • wash dishes/put away after dinner
  • wiping the counters and table after each meals

Yours may be different depending upon the needs of your family and that is great.  You just want to give yourself something in writing of things that NEED to be accomplished each and every day.

A quick tip…..as you write down your daily chores on the following page, scratch it off from your original list to prevent missing anything during transferring.

Another tip…..You may want to delegate a different child for each meal.  For example Jadyn washes the dishes at breakfast while Brooklyn puts them away.  Autumn washes lunch dishes while Madelyn puts them away.  Dinner Mom washes, while Evan puts them away.  You can get however specific you would like to get.

For our family, we choose a day for each child to do dishes.  Monday and Thursday Jadyn puts them away after every meal.  Tuesday  and Friday Brooklyn puts them away. Wednesday and Saturday Evan puts them away.  On Sunday, I typically just put them away.  The children that do not have to put dishes away then helps with clean up after each meal.  Every family is different that is just how we choose to do it.  It is much easier for me to look at my chart and know who is supposed to do dishes for the day instead of for every individual day.

Daily Chore Lis1

 

Now looking over your list, do you feel confident that these are things you need done each and everyday?  If not take some off and put them back on your other list.  Maybe you feel that you only need to vacuum once per week instead of everyday.  Then again maybe you will decide that you need to do that two times per week to keep your home clean.  If that is the case then leave that in the weekly category.

Any successful manager will know the fine art of delegating to help their job be successful.  That goes in home management as well.  If you only have little children, know that the workload will only be on you.  But a positive, is that with little ones, your home doesn’t get as dirty as it would with many “mobile” children.   As your children grow and the work demands increase, you should be able to give them some tasks and they can contribute to your family structure.

With all that said, place the initial of the child that can help with that chore for the day.  It is okay if all of the tasks are completed by children.  I promise, you as the Mom will have many more opportunities for jobs throughout  the day.

Now you are going to get to work.  Look back on your list from yesterday and work on today’s daily list.  Keep this aside for some extra time today while your children are doing something on their own.  Once you have your list all finished you can start implementing it.

Take note, you may notice things that you forgot to add to your list, go ahead and add them and delegate them to someone.  For the next few days you will have to reference this list quite frequently and help remind your children until you can get them something just for them to look at.  This is just a temporary list.  Place it in an area that you can see it.  On the refrigerator or by your work station is a good place to be able to reference it throughout the day.

Keep working, I am praying for you as a mother to rise up and help conquer the messes and chaos in your household!  Be blessed!

part 3

Setting up a cleaning system for your home part 1

The number one complaint that I hear from moms is that they don’t know how to keep their homes clean. Their children’s rooms are always a mess.  Their closets are jammed pack.   There is always clutter sitting on the tables.  They can never find what they need.   Clothing sits in piles with no where to go.  Food gets wasted because they didn’t realize what they had already in the refrigerator or pantry.  The list of complaints goes on and on.

With a little organization and planning you can create a successful plan on how to keep your home running smoothly and remove the clutter and things that fill your life with too much stuff.

A general rule to remember is

Less Stuff = More Life

If we can simplify our lives and get rid of the “clutter” and the inefficient plans for doing things we can start experience more of life.  This includes more time for yourself and more time with your family.  More peace in your soul because your life is not so crazy.

What’s the first task you do?  You start with a cleaning system, routine, something that becomes a “way of life” for you.  It needs to be flexible enough to be resistant to change and interruptions in our lives, but efficient enough that we don’t overlook things that need to be done in our homes.

How did I do it in our life?  I started out by making a list  of all the chores that I had to do in my home.  Yes, it seems that my list was very long and took me a few days to complete.  I had many little ones and it was hard to concentrate at times.  I suggest you take time for each of your areas in your home that need cleaning.  Write down everything from wiping the walls, cleaning carpets, to organizing the food pantry.  Work on it for a few days.  Look back at it and see if there is something that you think you missed.  Walk into that room and get a visual of all the things that you need to do and write them down.  I’m including plenty of space for you to write down everything that needs to be cleaned.  Areas of suggestion:  living room, family room, kitchen, dining room, hallways, bathrooms, master bedroom, girls room, boys room, laundry room, basement, play room, garage, outside areas, etc.

Here is a list of some of the jobs that I know I had overlooked while writing out my first chore list:

  • watering plants
  • wiping walls which includes  switch plates, moldings, and door knobs
  • cleaning carpets
  • wipe overhead fan blades
  • scrub the oven hood
  • washing the blinds
  • cleaning out the pets food and water bowls
  • wiping down the washer and dryer

Next to the job that you have written down, write whether you think you should do that task (D) daily,( W) weekly,( M)  monthly, or (A) annually.

Get specific about each and every chore that needs to be done in your home.  Your list will be long.  We will be working on it over the next few days to help you create a chore system that becomes a “way of life” for you.

It is okay if you forget some things. I will help give some reminders of things that you might have forgotten.

cleaning tasks needing to be done

Print off enough charts for each area of your home.

If any of you have been struggling with keeping your homes clean and keeping down on the clutter in your homes, I pray you will implement this system into your own lives to create a more peaceful haven of a home.  All of it is FREE of charge, it just requires some time on your part.  I’ve been a homemaker for 20 years, this system has worked effectively for our large family of 12 for most of those years.  (The earlier years I was still learning and messing up:)

Have a blessed day and work on your list.  I will do part 2 in this series next.