It has been quiet here. I have thought about writing several times, but I am trying something new and I wanted to really stick to it to see if it works. It may be working. . .
You see, I am not a natural housekeeper. I like a clean house, I have ve and ry good schedules for my children's chores, and I am even a good organizer of some things. But the house just always seems to get away from me. I get overwhelmed, dont know where to start, dont know how to prioritize. And it all gets dirty again so quickly.
So I tried Fly Lady this summer. It is a cleaning system to help you get housekeeping routines. But her routines were too much for me, even though she breaks it down into small chunks. Looking back, summer is probably not the time to start any kind of program because life is so topsy turvy.
So I took her ideas and made myself a schedule that fits my life. I thought about the times when I actually have two hands free and I could do something around the house. I thought about when I have little chunks of time and when I have bigger chunks. And I thought about what my "zones" would be in my little house.
So here is what I have been doing for almost a month. My house doesnt look a whole lot cleaner, but I know the piles that are gone that were there a few weeks ago. And I know how much more peaceful I feel. If I have a minute, I look at my schedule and see what to work on right then. If something comes up and I cant work on anything, then I dont freak out because I know I will have time tomorrow or the next day. Mostly it has helped me not feel overwhelmed, the schedule tells me what to do next.
For those who like details, here is a sample day:
clean kitchen table (so we can homeschool there later)
start dinner (this is chopping veggies or something I cant do with a baby in arms)
my bathroom (cleaning my bathroom all at once is almost impossible for me to get to. So I do one thing each day- toilet, sink, mirror, tub, floor. Should mean I clean the whole thing once a week)
15 minutes on the zone of the week (my zones are my bedroom, babys room, kitchen, bathroom and closets, living room)
5 minutes on a hot spot (this is an area where clutter collects, like where I put bills, where my purse sits, countertops, etc)