The dreaded cleaning plan. Without one, you feel lost. With one, you feel constrained and restricted. I have found that telling my time and activities where to go is actually just about like money. The better I budget, the more I save. It is simple. Okay, not too simple. Creating the cleaning plan is tough, but once it is done life is a little more sane. You know what to expect and when. This is especially helpful for those
difficult resistant ones in the family. We all have them. The one who doesn’t like to be tied down by schedules, planners, and calendars. Yes, that one. So here we go, step by step, to create your perfect cleaning plan for your family and household.
First step, daily/weekly schedule
Whether you are a stay at home mom or a work at home mom, you have a schedule (even if it is a “rough” schedule). Write it out. Draw 7 columns on a sheet of paper and then make time slots (I prefer 1 hour, but you can do 30 minutes if you desire). You will write your schedule on these time slots. Give yourself grace for the first few weeks as you may not REALLY know how much time it takes to do an activity. Your days may vary depending on things such as school, appointments, errands. Fill these into your schedule if you know them. If you want a pretty printable instead of drawing all of those lines, check out Just a Girl and Her Blog for all of her goodies including these printables.
Second step, inventory
In order to know what to place where, you need to know what you need to accomplish. Write down all of your monthly activities (trimming the hedges, organizing your closet, budgeting/monthly finances, etc). Write down all of your weekly tasks such as grocery shopping and list preparing, vacuuming, dusting, cleaning bathrooms, etc. Then lastly, write down all of your daily tasks such as reading devotions, cooking dinner, cleaning the kitchen (three times!!!), and picking up the toys. I really had a lot of clarity when I completed “Make Over Your Evenings” course by Money Saving Mom. She really helps you figure out what are the most important tasks for you to complete each day. I would highly recommend this course! (Not to mention that it is super easy and not expensive).
Third step, assign a time
After you have figured out how much time you have available and when, you will need to place your duties (sheesh, that makes it feel all Cinderella-ish), chores (okay that is not any better), tasks (okay, that sounds a bit more like an adult option!) into a slot of time depending on when it is appropriate. This schedule is going to stay the same week to week for the most part for most of us so it will be easier to figure out after the first couple of weeks. Don’t forget your monthly items and even your yearly tasks.
Final step, completion
After the fun part of just writing down the tasks and feeling fabulous because you can visualize all the cleanliness around you, you need to clean! (Buzz kill, I know!). I like to watch the clock sometimes to see how long each task actually takes me. Feel free to set an alarm instead especially if you really only have a set amount of time.
This time block strategy can work in all facets of your life. I use this same strategy for my life and business while using my Brilliant Life Planner. It has all the appropriate areas so that I can do some serious planning and goal accomplishments! I even plan to relax…it is that serious.
I really got into the time block scheduling after reading “168 Hours: You have more time than you think”. She is a time management ninja and helps others become one too! It is a very good and easy read so check it out!
Are you ready to get your cleaning plan into action? Let me know if you need help (not with the actual cleaning though:)