It's no secret that I've been a follower of FlyLady for years. The best thing she has taught me is the value of 15 minutes: you can do anything for 15 minutes! I will never forget the relief I felt when I first understood the principle of routines - having a morning routine to get small daily tasks done and an evening routine to prepare for the next day. My morning routine is deeply ingrained in me now!
Daily jobs go well, but those weekly and monthly cleaning jobs would fall by the wayside a lot of times. For the past few years, I've tried to make FlyLady's zone system work, but just kept banging my head against the wall with it. Last year I used the Motivated Moms cleaning schedule, which is already written out for you for the entire year, but for some reason, it didn't feel right to me either. Finally, a few weeks ago I decided it was time to make a system that works for me, rather than trying to make someone else's system work.
The problem I had with the zone system was that I was focusing entirely on the one zone of the week and not touching any of the other rooms in my house - and each zone only comes around once a month! I also didn't like doing all the mopping on one day or all the dusting at one time, as per the Home Blessing day. What made more sense to me was to completely clean one whole room or zone at one time. So I took my zones and assigned them to days of the week instead of weeks of the month. It's working a lot better for me! Now I have basic cleaning in each zone every week (dusting, clearing surfaces, mopping or vacuuming), and I add in a monthly job or two to get those jobs done systematically too.
Here's my new cleaning schedule:
Monday ~ Master Bedroom & Bath
Tuesday ~ Kitchen
Wednesday ~ Office/Studio & Upstairs Hall & Landing
Thursday ~ Living Room & Dining Room
Friday ~ Powder Room, Basement Stairs, & Laundry Room (in the basement)
I have a few friends who just naturally know how and when to do their homemaking jobs - when they need to be done, of course! But I missed that gene somewhere, so I use the tool of having a written cleaning schedule to keep myself reminded of what needs to be done.
Why do I need a tool? Everyone needs tools! My uncle is a talented artist, and one time I mentioned to him that I can't draw a straight line. He replied, "Then use a ruler!" I always thought that, if I was talented at something, I could do it with no tools. But my uncle said that even he uses tools. He's a professional architectural draftsman, and he uses tools every day. When I stopped to think about it, it makes sense. He couldn't draw house plans freehand; he needs rulers and . . . whatever else an architect uses to make house plans! LOL The point is, we all need tools, and one of my tools as a professional homemaker is a cleaning schedule. If you need a tool, it's only a means to help you work better! It doesn't mean you're ignorant!
What is your cleaning schedule? Do you clean your whole house in one day? One room per day? One room per week? Share with us; I love to see how other ladies keep their homes!
Sometime soon, I'll share the calendar I'm using for my cleaning schedule!