Well, I have sure dropped the ball on this blog. I am not sure what’s happened. I guess the holidays were pretty overwhelming for me. When you have five kids and a HUGE extended family, Christmas is A LOT of work! But we had a great Christmas and a fun New Year.
Lately, I have been working hard on being a better homemaker/housekeeper. I kind of had an epiphany of sorts one day a couple months ago. I decided that taking care of this house is my JOB and that I needed to devote more time and energy and effort to doing a better job so that my poor husband didn’t have to pick up the slack anymore.
I am not a fan of housework. It is not something I really enjoy. I know most people don’t either but I think there are a few people in the world that actually like doing it. Not me!
So I came up with a cleaning schedule for myself that has really been helping me stay on top of things. I decided that I need to complete at least two loads of laundry a day. Then each day, I have different chores that I do. I have found that if I do them every week they do not take long at all!
Monday: Mop the downstairs floor and wipe down some part of the kitchen. I rotate between chairs, cabinets, appliances, blinds, etc..
Tuesday: This is my day for doing projects, particularly for re-finishing furniture. So, no housecleaning other than laundry.
Wednesday: Bathrooms. I only have 2.5 baths, luckily! I have been amazed at how quickly I can get them done now that I am doing them every week. I usually end up with a lot of extra time for picking up and putting things away.
Thursday: Vacuum, and organize something. I kept this day light because I have playgroup in the mornings.
Friday: Dust, change sheets, clean mirrors/glass. I rotate doing half the beds one week and half the next. And I don’t dust the whole house each week, just part. Same with the glass and mirrors.
Saturday: Wash sheets and towels. Yard work. Or any other project that needs doing.
I try to get the laundry started before I go downstairs (I have an upstairs laundry). Then I told myself I will work for about 2 or 2.5 hours each morning after I take the kids to school. When 11:30 rolls around I am done and whatever I didn’t get done can wait until next time.
For picking up I have noticed when I am doing my chores regularly the kids seem to do a better job of putting things away. But I will often get the boys to “Sparkle the House” before bedtime so we can start the day fresh. My husband is also a sweetheart and picks up behind the kids too. He has also been doing the dishes for me almost every night. I don’t really do dishes during the day. We mostly use paper products and everything else goes into the sink and my sweet husband does them all after dinner. It is a HUGE help to me, especially because by the end of the day the last thing I want to do is wash dishes. My husband is AMAZINGLY helpful around the house! Thanks honey!
Anyway, that’s what’s been going on around here. Right now I am sick and have fallen behind. But, that has given me a chance to do a bit of blogging! But I feel a lot better about myself when I am accomplishing these things. If keeping this house in good order is what I am supposed to be doing then I want to do a good job at it! Unfortunately, I haven’t quite figured out how to mix in the things I WANT to do, like blogging. But I am working on it. Its all about finding the right balance, I believe. I’m getting there.
Oh, and I just have to say I am a HUGE Norwex fan! Cleaning is soooo much faster and easier with their cloths and mop! I love them!! I don’t ever want to use cleaners again!
What tips and tricks do you have for keeping up with your household chores??