One of my goals for 2013 is to keep up with a cleaning schedule. In order to keep up with one, I had to find one. I went to Pinterest and found a ton of great ideas, but in actuality, none of them worked with our schedule or our needs. I don’t need a schedule that has me dusting floorboards weekly, but at the same time I need something that has me doing laundry more than once a week. Since I like to work off of a list to see success, I decided that I would take the ones that I liked the most and recreate them to work within our needs.
Some of you may be inherently clean and organized, and to you the idea of following a schedule is nonsensical. But I assure you, the level of disorder we have around her sometimes is maddening.
I found a schedule that has daily activities that make sense for us as well as things that you do once per week that fit into the daily schedules as well. On another one that didn’t fit us as well was the idea of having a basket to put “things” in that you don’t have time to put into their place during the day, and before you go to bed you take the basket and put each item where it belongs. That hinges on me finding places for all of my things in the next few days. It’s something that’s taking time, but it’s slowly coming together with all my time off.
On Becca’s blog I saw a 21 Day Organization Challenge that I also decided to edit and add to my calendar. I have already started on that, and the guest bedroom is going to be quite the task to tackle today, but I’m going to do it. Again, this is something that could be edited to fit any schedule. The days I’m out of town for the marathon will just be pushed to the following days. My hope is that by the end of this my house will be overall organized and ready for spot checking and spot cleaning.
I also aligned it in my calendar so that the big things like downstairs closets, master closet, and guest room fall on days that I’m off of work. This makes it so that easier things like mail, fridge, and pantry can be done in half an hour on a work afternoon.
Because I’m tapering for the marathon and then recovering from the marathon during these 16 days, I know I’ll have the time to do all of this. Posting it here keeps it so that I don’t have an excuse not to. I’m going to also try to take before and after pictures so that I can actually share my results for all interested parties.
Are you a more organized individual or do you struggle sometimes with organization and keeping things neat?
Any tips for those of us who might be organizationally challenged?