Saturday, October 30, 2010

Cleaning, cleaning, cleaning...

I know we've talked about this before, but my relationship with cleaning is tenuous to say the least. As in, I hate to do it, but I absolutely love having a clean house. Both Zac and I grew up in really clean houses, but unfortunately, neither of us got bitten by the obsessive cleaning bug.

I've been reflecting lately on how much coming home to a messy house adds to my stress level. When I come home to a clean house, I can feel the stresses of my day evaporate. Needless to say, this is not the same experience I have when it isn't clean!

When it comes to keeping this house clean, we needed to set ourselves up for success. First criteria for success was that we needed a plan.  Second, we needed that plan to be simple and easy to achieve. Finally, it needed to be presented to me in a way that I could check it off. I just love to check things off!

So we needed... a cleaning chart! We've tried to do this before, but we didn't keep it simple. We each had a few chores each day and it was overwhelming. So we never did it. Not even for one day.

I was reading this post from Clean Mama the other day and loved her idea of only having one real chore to do each day. Seriously? I mean, I can do one chore each day, no problem.

Here's our cleaning chart.

Do you love it?? Whoever is home more that day has to do the chore. No ifs, ands or buts - we'll both be contributing to keeping the house tidy, and doing so without it being it a huge inconvenience.

Right now, we're almost one week in, and successful!! If you want a copy of my cleaning chart, just let me know and I'm happy to send it to you. I made one that just has lines and boxes if you want to fill in your own chores.

Wish us luck on our quest for a clean house!!

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  1. Let me know how this works out for you. We need help over here!

  2. I love this idea!.... now I just need to find a roommate who will be home more often then me..... :)

  3. I love your cleaning schedule! We need help at our house too. I have a maid that comes every other week, but that just isn't enough. I don't know how we accumulate so much crap so quickly! HA!

  4. great schedule...pretty things make me more motivated to clean!

  5. I love this!!!
    Although...I love to clean...and I like everything to be the way I like it to be...lucky for my family, huh...I still think this is fantastic!!!!

  6. Oh, I love this! I'm having a linky party and I'd love it if you'd link up. I host Home and Family Friday every Friday. I'm following you now too.


  7. Yay! I'm glad it's working for you. Don't you love Clean Mama? Thanks for linking to We're Organized Wednesday.


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