I am a little bit surprised that people are asking me these things, especially when my perfectionist tendencies tell me that I am never cleaning well enough. I guess I can get a little obsessive at times with cleaning, and I have only dusted my ceilings once in the past 16 months, so I am definitely not at the Monk level of cleaning. But I do strive to have my house as clean as one of my good friends in Buffalo. My friend N had a spotless house even after having twins for her fifth and sixth child. I have yet to see her new, larger house, but I can guarantee you that it is clean. She inspired me to vacuum more than once a month, but I realized that the only way I could keep my house clean and do everything else I need to do to be a good mom of little ones was to make physical a list.
My list and checklist began during my nesting before the birth of my third child. I realized that my recovery from having baby was harder when the house slowly became dirtier and dirtier. If I made a checklist than when my parents, mother-in-law, and husband wanted to help me out, they would know exactly what needed to be done that week. It worked great!
The only problem was that I never got around to printing them off every month after the first couple of months. So this week I implemented a new plan:
|To the left is the cleaning list. To the right is my semester schedule.|
I need to add "wipe fingerprints off the refrigerator" to the list.
The list is not exhaustible; I could probably add a lot more things to it, but if you follow my basic rules for keeping a house orderly you might not need them:
1) Clean it before it looks dirty.
2) Get rid of it before you have too much stuff.
I am sharing my digital files of my cleaning list as well as my cleaning checklist so that you can borrow and adapt it according to your needs.
I hope this is helpful for somebody and was not just an amusing exercise for myself.
I am linking up with Gina at Someday (Hopefully) They'll Be Saints and her link up Embrace the Ordinary.