Cleaning Schedules

Let’s talk about cleaning. I can remember when I was growing up, my mother would do spring and fall cleaning. Now, there are things about being a military family that were good, some bad. Looking back, I realize that one good thing about moving every two years is that your house can only get so dirty!

Anyway. I am not down with the big cleaning. I theoretically agree with the cleaning methods that suggest that you keep a rotating schedule through the year. Note my use of “theoretically.” I love this idea, but I am not great at sticking to it. Everyone has their preference, and you just need to find one you like, and stick to it as best you can!

Here are some of the best methods:

Flylady: Flylady uses a Zone method, with detailed printable lists.

Home Routines: this is an app that I have on my iPad. You can adapt this for Flylady or any other routine you like.

Time Warp Wife: everyone must already know how much I love her daily and weekly schedules.

Clean Mama: I really love this website. She had awesome schedules, printables, tips…if it is about housekeeping, she has it covered!

iDream of Clean: this is great website that has 31-day challenges…

Organized Home: this website has been around a long time, and is a great resource for printables, cleaning schedules, and tips on household notebooks.

Somewhat Simple: she has an adorable cleaning box she made with tasks on cards inside…

You can check out my Pinterest board on Home Management for more ideas…

“My name is Kary, and I am addicted to planners.”

I have a confession to make.  I am absolutely and completely addicted to organization.  I didn’t say that I am organized.  I am obsessed with the whole IDEA of being organized.  I love the feeling I get when I have a new plan. I would seriously love to have just half of the money back that I have spent on planners, calendars, binders, baskets, plastic containers… My husband thinks my need for lists is hysterical.

Pinterest and all of the blogs that I follow in my RSS reader could send me into a downward spiral, but I do believe that I have finally found what works for me.  I have pulled the parts that I like from all of the systems I have tried.

1. I have a planner from Erin Condren  that I love, and use the Franklin Covey methods I learned in the 90’s in it.

2. I use the Getting Things Done method of contexts to manage my tasks, as described in this post by  43 Folders.

3. I use a time management printable from i heart organizing to make a permanent weekly schedule I can consult as the framework for my week.

4.  I have a Flylady control journal I use for my cleaning schedule with her zones, but I prefer the way that Time-Warp Wife  breaks her cleaning up daily to the true Flylady method.

5. I use a kitchen command center to store my control journal and the next action files (Getting Things Done again) I need easy access to based on a bowl full of lemons.

6. I use Southern Savers for all of my couponing, and use the whole insert method with a cancelled check file.

7. I have started compiling a family recipe book of our family favorites with a holiday section for our traditions.

8.  I have a binder I have started to organize for our “new” house.

And the “working on” and “would like to” lists go on and on and on…

I am going to be posting all of my organizing projects here on my blog each Tuesday for all to see!




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