Friday, December 4, 2009

Cleaning Schedule? Please...

I have recently discovered that other stay-at-home moms have adopted something they call a "cleaning schedule".  As in, Monday = laundry, Tuesday = floors, Wednesday = errands, etc.  My initial reaction was "whoa, a bit anal, are we?" but then I was actually very impressed with, and a little jealous of, their organizational skills.  When it comes to housework, I'm a do what I can, when I can kind of gal.  Then I realized that I hadn't mopped my kitchen floor in, oh I don't know, 3 or 4 MONTHS (hey, I sweep it several times a week) so I thought I'd give it a shot.

So a few Mondays ago I tackled laundry.  Sheets, matress pads, bathroom rugs, you name it.  Never mind that it didn't all get put away until roughly the next Monday.  Anyway, Tuesday I started on floors.  Except the "plan" is to actually get down and dirty and mop them, on your hands and knees if necessary, not just vacuum and sweep, which aparently you should be doing every day.  I was lucky to get half of the house vacuumed.  Wednesday was assigned to errands, but we usually go to Storytime at the library on Wednesdays, so I saved that for Thursday, which cut into the "official" chore of the day, bathrooms.  I think I managed to clean one that day, and the other two got cleaned over the weekend.  Friday was kitchen day, which for me just meant going through the fridge and discarding any old leftovers/expired food and taking stock of what groceries we need in addition to just the daily dishes/tidying/counter wipe-down.  So all-in-all, I wasn't too successful at sticking to the schedule.  I tried again the next week, with similar results.  So now I'm back to just doing what I can when I can and if it means the kitchen floor only gets mopped twice a year, so be it.  Now I'm off to fold laundry, and no, it hasn't been sitting there since Monday.

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