Even typing that title makes me laugh because it absolutely does not describe my natural tendency. But I have a new system that has really helped.
Some people find that cleaning helps them to de-stress. I, however, get stressed out by cleaning. I don’t know how to prioritize it, and I tend to have the mentality that I will only clean if I can get it all done at once (and who has time to clean their entire house/ apt in one shot? No one. Thats who.) So I tend to just not clean and then get mad about how messy things are. Its a really healthy process. Or not.
I saw this video on one of the beauty channels I watch and thought it was a great way to break everything up into manageable chunks. A few weeks later I stumbled upon this pin which also offers great tips on how to make a cleaning schedule.
This is life changing stuff here people.
I say that a lot, don’t I? Y’all are going to stop believing me soon. But, I promise this has made a HUGE difference.
First, I made a list of what I needed to clean and how often I needed to clean it: weekly, monthly, quarterly, yearly. Ruth’s blog (2nd link above) has a master cleaning list which I printed and adjusted to my needs.
Then, I made a chart similar to the one Blair made in her video (1st link above).
Lastly, I wrote out my schedule on a half of a piece of white paper which I then put in a frame. I use dry erase markers to write my daily schedule and to-do lists on the glass and check off chores as I do them. Since the cleaning list is on paper under the glass it doesn’t get wiped off and I can reuse it.
Daily/ Weekly Schedule template
Filled in with Monday’s schedule and lists for the week.
My apartment is now clean and stays that way.
Happy Spring cleaning!