I ran this morning. (not a good run, but a run) As I ran I had a cadence going. Something like this:
|random neighborhood tulips|
A friend asked me recently if I have a cleaning schedule. I do. I find that a schedule is the easiest way for me to make sure everything gets done regularly. Here's what my schedule looks like these days.
Monday: vacuuming main floor high traffic areas-BMV, me-nothing.=)
Tuesday: vacuum and dust entire house, including moving furniture in living room about once a month.
Wednesday: scrub both bathrooms and floors in kitchen and dining room; scrub kitchen sink; Ethan-scrub dining room chairs. BMV-vacuum high traffic areas.
Thursday: complete dusting-if haven't already.
Friday: vacuum high traffic areas-BMV
Monday and Friday vacuuming prepares the house for the weekend, and then whips it into shape after the weekend. I only do laundry M/W/F. I've found I'd rather do more laundry those few days, than have to interrupt every day going up and down switching and folding laundry. I try to wash my kitchen cabinet fronts as needed, but the bottom ones usually get it every other week or so-when I scrub the floors. I wash off all the counters and the stove top a couple times a week. The boys do most of the dishes, but don't really get the counters too well. I am always washing off counters. I try to do a deep kitchen cleaning-stove drip pans, shelves, etc, about every other month. I also try to do a walk through while I have a bucket of soapy water every week, and get the major finger prints washed off the walls. I have to say that I cram most of my cleaning into Tuesday and Wednesday. If you come over on Monday, you will get my house at its worst.=) My advice to you is not to come on Mondays.=) Furthermore, my kids know that Wednesday is the big chore day-for all of us. Chores come first after school, and then if there is time before BC, they can play.
Is my schedule set in stone? No. Meres has cured me of any notion of anything being set in stone.
I have helpers...my boys. Their main jobs are the vacuuming and the dishes. This frees up my time a lot. I also have a mercenary little girl who wants $100 to buy Wii games. And she is willing to earn it-her terms are one dollar per job. And she wants cash. I told her I'd pay her a dollar per week. So, my work force is very helpful at keeping things up to snuff. My advice, take it or leave it, is to start them early. If they can walk, they can put their dirty laundry in the hamper. Or put the silverware away. Or empty little trash cans into the big one. Then they can progress to putting their laundry away, emptying the dishwasher, dusting end tables and baseboards. It is all stuff that we can do, and that we can probably do in half the time, but it teaches them responsibility, and the fact that each member of the family helps out. And if they do the little tasks when small, then they will expect to have chores when they are a bit bigger. And little kids love to help out. If you wait until they are "big enough" they aren't going to want to anymore.
That was a completely unplanned side track.
I have had to learned the opposite of scheduling-which, for me, is flexibility. If life happens, and I can't vacuum on Tuesday, then I try to do it Wednesday. Or dust on Thursday. Or give the bathrooms a lick and a promise. But, having the framework in place allows me to be flexible. I can put off until tomorrow, because I know I have free time tomorrow. And knowing that it isn't the end of the world if something doesn't happen right on time, is helpful too. Today I cleaned my bathrooms, and floors-well the kitchen floor. The dining room floor didn't make the cut. I know, its Thursday. But I sewed yesterday. Those Easter dresses. See, it would kind of defeat the purpose of making Easter dresses if they weren't wearable for Easter. Things happen. Life happens. Urgent happens. And cleaning happens when it needs to. Not always when it is supposed to. Which brings us back to MI tulips this year. They are not blooming on our schedule. But does that diminish their beauty?
To paraphrase Solomon, "consider the tulips."