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I've been so busy getting things done and my house has slowly gone to pot. I finally woke up to what was happening and came up with a plan to get my house clean and organized with under an hour a day dedicated to it.

I printed out a calendar for December and started putting daily chores on it. Like one day I whip through and clean bathrooms restocking TP and changing to clean towels. The next day I dust, clean mop boards & vacuum. The next day I wipe down kitchen appliances, cabinet fronts, take out trash and sweep & mop the floor. I was surprised to see I could take a damp rag and wipe down all the mop boards in 10 minutes, dust in 5 minutes.

Anyway I take Sundays off and have chores around the house getting done each day. 5 days into this and it seems to be working for me. I've already printed out January and maybe Sunday after a week of doing this I will be ready to plan out the next month. I had to take a shower after my dusting day! 5 ceiling fans really left me a mess! Short regular plan will get my house cleaned up and looking much better.

Still getting everything else done so maybe this will work. Before I would tackle a room at a time and it felt over whelming. I would work for a couple hours and often give up with the room half done. For some reason this seems to work for me. Hopefully it will keep working. I'm just wondering how soon my dear husband will notice and comment!


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  1. FamilyD's Avatar
    This is exactly what I have been wanting to do for some time now; I just wasn't sure what to schedule when. I'm going to try this! It seems "do-able". And I like your idea of dedicating less than an hour a day. It feels much less overwhelming that way. Thank you!!
  2. brchbell's Avatar
    I have learned to make an exact list not a blanket thing like deep clean master bedroom. Instead put down change sheets, dust well and vacuum. Once a week I run through the whole house and dust and every other week I clean the mop boards through the whole house so when I want to deep clean one room I need to list exactly what I want done extra.
  3. shilofromohio58's Avatar
    I work 10-12 hours a day and have to take care of my 82 year old mom who by the way bless her heart is still very capable of doing for herself still and living alone. I have an 11 year old son and a husband who also works. My problem is I'm in my late 50's, and hubby is late 60's ( 11 year old, oh yeah!!) I'm so tired my house looks like a tornado went through it all the time. Any suggestions!?
  4. brchbell's Avatar
    Getting your family on board is really the key to it all. If they are willing to keep their stuff picked up and at least put into their own room, then you are able to stay on top of things. If they are not able to step up then I suggest you carrying a laundry basket with you and clean and anything that's out of place gets thrown into the basket. My rule was at the end of a week it went into the trash. My family eventually learned to pick up after themselves and I suspect yours will too. I love my 4 regular chores that keep my house straight plus the two extra days of doing extra things that eventually clean the whole house. But make sure the chore is 15 to 30 minutes and not a second longer! I was surprised to see I could dust, clean mopboards and vacuum in 20 minutes. My family has learned to stay out of the way during my 15 minute clean thing. I'm 60 and DH is 64. Our baby is 19 now and just home on weekends from college. She can sure make some messes but as the house has gotten cleaner and cleaner even she has noticed and tends to pick up or keep the mess in her bedroom.