Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Organizing 2 - Cleaning Schedule

OK Alieta this is for you :) and anyone else intrested.
BK (before kids) I was an extreme cleaner. I loved to put on some Kenny G (don't laugh this was a relaxing thing for me:)) and I spent the day cleaning my house. It usually took 4 solid hours. Oh how I loved those days. Then I would get a shower sit down and read a magazine and enjoy my clean house. I did this at least every other week but if time allowed weekly. Since kids I have had to gradually shuck it down to the bare essentials so that it gets done quickly but it gets done! I do the same thing every week (if I miss a day for whatever reason it doesn't get done until the next week and oh well - except when I miss underwear laundry day - then I hear it from John :)) So here it is:

Mondays:
Laundry: 1 kids load & Our darks
Chores: Living room/Dining Room - pick up, dust, vacuum, remove smudgeprints,
Empty Dishwasher & spruce up kitchen

Tuesdays:
Laundry: Our Lights
Chores: Iron John's Clothes for week, Empty Dishwasher & spruce up kitchen

Wednesdays:
Laundry: Towels
Chores: Kids Rooms - pick up, dust, vacuum, remove smudgeprints,
Empty Dishwasher & spruce up kitchen

Thursdays:
Laundry: 1 kids load, our undies/socks
Chores: Master Bedroom - pick up, dust, vacuum, remove smudgeprints,
Empty Dishwasher & spruce up kitchen

Fridays:
Laundry: Linens (bedding) & cleaning rags
Chores:Change Sheets on all beds, clean bathrooms,
Empty Dishwasher & spruce up kitchen


3 things:
1. We try to do bedtime routine here which consist simply of the boys (John 2 if he is home) make a run through house (5-10 min tops) and pick up toys and then get pjs on and teeth brushed. While they do that I clean up kitchen from dinner and load dishwasher.
2. I usually do my chores first thing in the mornings. Our kids are usually up at 6-6:30. I give them a piece of fruit and milk as a "snack" and they watch noggin for about 1 to 1.5 hour (by the end they are up playing with each other) while I do laundry and my chores. Then we have breakfast and start our day. If for some reason it doesn't happen that morning it just doesn't happen but I try to be consistent with it because once we start our day I don't have to work in house stuff around it.
3. Usually about every 6 weeks I take a day and give the house a good cleaning - you know the hard core stuff .

it is basic but I hope this helps anyone intrested. Let me know what you think...


3 comments:

Duane and Kim said...

okay, i'm impressed at anyone who changes their sheets every week, mine are lucky to get changed every couple of months:)

Amanda said...

It makes me tired just thinking about it! I have/had a cleaning schedule too, but since I broke my knee it has gone out the window. I'm just in survival/just the basics mode until the baby arrives!

alieta said...

Yay! I'm glad I'm finally catching up on my blog reading and that you finally posted the cleaning schedule! I have to say, I was thrilled to get a shoutout until I realized the next line contained Kenny G. I don't feel as cool anymore. (: