4 things I’ve learned in the past year:
1. Maintenance is key
2. Planning is important
3. Cleaning and decluttering go hand-in-hand (I didn’t want to admit that for a long time!)
4. Accountability is very helpful
My first real attempt at a cleaning schedule was about a year ago. And I think it was a good start. I also posted a couple of updates here and here. I have been meaning to revise it for quite a while and just haven’t been able to figure out the best way to organize it.
So I started searching around for what was already out there. I actually tried someone else’s cleaning schedule a couple of years ago and it just didn’t work for me at all, but what I found this time is very exciting because it is customizable! These downloadable forms are from Money Saving Mom, which happens to be one of my favorite blogs, too!
Here is the link to all of Crystal’s Household Management Forms.
The one I am using here is this one: Customizable Cleaning Lists.
And here it is with my personal customizations (you can also see Crystal’s personal cleaning lists filled out here):
I want to get back to using my timer for those 15 min. cleaning/decluttering sessions. The days of the week on the right side help me know where to focus that day, so that nothing gets ignored for too long (assuming I follow the plan).
And here’s the second page, which covers monthly/semi-annual cleaning:
I have been attempting to use this plan for a couple of months now, and while I haven’t been able to accomplish everything on the list in any particular week yet, I feel like I am on the right track. I have goals and plans!