I have to admit, I’m a very lazy person. I WANT to clean, I really do. But those video games are SO tempting. And then I feel guilty because the house is a mess, the kitchen floor is filthy, and I just want to walk around without stepping on toys! Finally, I put my foot down and decided I needed to do something. I made a VERY simple list of small things for me to do each day; that way I don’t get too burnt out and I keep my short attention span in check. Each task only takes about 10 minutes, perfect to do during naptime! Here’s the breakdown of my week:
Monday: Laundry, Swiffer living room floor, mop kitchen and living room floors
Tuesday: Pick up living room (Mostly consists of me picking up all the toys that Allison’s going to immediately get back out), dust house
Wednesday: Clean bathrooms. Usually consists of cleaning the toilet and sink, and quickly scrubbing out the bathtub.
Thursday: Laundry, pick up bedrooms
Friday: Clean kitchen. Usually do something quick, like wiping down the cabinets/outside of the fridge and clearing off the table.
Saturday and Sunday: Free days, usually. The weekends are pretty busy so housework duties are light.
Every day I also sweep the kitchen floor. It sounds so small, but I only did it like once a week and I kept getting frustrated about having a dirty floor! By doing it every day, I’m kept happy staring at a clean kitchen!
I still don’t have a good routine for deep cleaning. Who has time for that? If I figure out an efficient way to quickly do some of those things, I’ll let you know! But for now, I’m fine with the baseboards being a little dusty. =)
Now, how do I keep myself accountable? I’ve tried putting these tasks onto Google Calendar, but realized I never checked it and it was easy to fall into old lazy habits. Last month I came across a site called “HabitRPG” and I’m addicted!
It’s a daily task and habit site/app with an RPG element, which is great for my nerd self. You gain experience points for every Daily, Habit, and To-Do, and you level up and change classes, like Warrior, Mage, Healer, and Thief. I can’t believe how accountable I’m keeping myself with this! There’s also an app you can download so you can add tasks and check them off while you’re on the go. I know it’s not for everyone, but it’s certainly helped me!
Do you have a cleaning schedule? If so, how do you keep yourself accountable? Share your ideas below!