Tuesday, January 5, 2010

New "Game Plan"


I have used the same game plan for years. I posted about it here.

But . . . . I read something on Sherbet Blossom about her cleaning system, and it got the wheels turning. I liked my system, and it worked for me, kind of. With little tweaks here and there . . . it is much better.


Daily Tasks
Monday
  • laundry
  • vacuum downstairs/dust
  • mop
  • wipe down door knobs and light switches
  • deep-clean bathrooms


Tuesday

  • wash linens
  • clean car
  • clean mudroom
  • send out cards (thank yous and birthdays)


Wednesday

  • clean out fridge
  • deep-clean kitchen

Thursday
  • grocery shop
  • pay bills
  • clean bedrooms
  • organize

Friday
  • kids rooms
  • toy room
  • laundry room


I am usually much more productive on Mondays, but then by Thursdays I've lost steam. I put the heavy stuff (mopping and bathrooms - I can always find excuses not to do these!) on Mondays. Why didn't I think to include the mudroom and the laundry room before? I don't know - but little things have kept these from being dumping grounds. My house is too big to just clean the house all at once - so I break it up throughout the week. Then Saturdays can be Daddy Days and the home just needs a quick touch up. This is what has worked for us, and I've done it for the past three months. Hope it helps.

19 comments:

Letti said...

I love love love this. I do something similar but I love the simplicity of this. I am going to steal this idea from you and try it in my own home. Thanks for sharing this.

Hannah said...

I hope it works for you! I love it

Kelli said...

I love that you made time for thank you notes and cards...that says a lot about you. Hope your system works well. I need a system.

McCain Family said...

I really like this idea. I should start using it. I, too, like the idea of having a day for thank yous and birthdays. That way, I know it gets done, because I'm really bad about it!

Thanks!

Amber M. said...

I've done the same thing or about 3 years and LOVE it. I love to be able to know what is expected around the house that particular day and to organize my chores so I'm not overwhelmed on any one day. I do have to make a new one every time we move...which is more often than I'd like...

Have a great week!

Mireya said...

I really like this idea! Fridays I typically have the day off and the house to myself so I devote it to cleaning everything. But usually I get exhausted after 3 or 4 hours that not everything gets the attention it needs! I'll have to try breaking it up during the week and see if it goes a little better for me!

kanishk said...

I know it gets done, because I'm really bad about it!

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jenjen said...

That is a really good system. I think if I had a specific list I had to do every day, I would do better. Thanks Laurel!

XOOX
Jen

Leigh said...

We do something similar, we just have less on the list since we have smaller house and no kids. Although Chester sheds a lot and tracks in lots of leaves and mud. I just try to do a bit each night Mon-Thur so that I can have the weekends free. But I tend to get tired by Thur too.

Marianne@Songbird said...

I always make list like this too. I even tried to follow Flylady's system for a while. I never stick to it. So I have gone to a system where I designated things to be done in a week. If I am smart I do a little each day, if I goove up I'll have to sacrifice a day at the end of the week. Not a very good system either. I have tweeked my plans for this year too, but guess what I am sitting here writing you a message while I should be mopping my kitchen floor LOL
Hope you do better at sticking to your plan.
Thanks for your visit to my blog!

{ L } said...

This is awesome! You are truly on the ball! Thank you for the motivation. It looks like you have a good system in place.

Erin said...

thanks for posting this. i have been wanted to start something like this for a while but have been to lazy to get started. thanks for doing all the hard work for me! :)

Dreamer said...

What a fantastic idea! I need to get back on schedule after the holidays. Thanks for the motivation

Jen said...

Hmm, I usually do upstairs one day, downstairs the next, and basement? well - when I get to it :) I think I'm going to print this out and see how it goes!

Us Simple Girls said...

Girl, you are something else... I only wish I would stick to these lists I make. I just get carried away with other stuff and then have to make a mad dash one evening or so.

But maybe, just maybe, you've inspired me to get it together! :)
Katrina

Pablo (yo) said...

Feliz año nuevo!!!!
Happy New Year!!!!
Bonne Année!!!

Pablo from Argentina
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Clean and Classic Interiors said...

Ooo, I need to add some of these to my weekly tasks! Never thought of putting car cleaning in there! So clever!

Shelle said...

I gave up on any cleaning routing....my week kinda goes like this

every morning laundry...I wash clothes during the week and do all the towels/linen on Saturday coz it's only a 2 minute job.

Monday...declutter...yep it takes me all day after the weekend...mop the kitchen floor...coupons

one other day of the week....clean bathroom

the rest the kids do...they have a room each...and I now help them...so we're working together.

I clean the other things as needed on a day to day basis.

funny thing is...this is working really well.

Jan @ bobbypinsboardwalk said...

I love this list. If you don't mind, I think I will link it to my blog. I'll make a few changes to accommodate my life. Thank you for the incentive!

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