Life has been a little hodgepodge lately. It’s full of late night practice sessions and weekend research sessions. It’s been pancakes on a Tuesday morning and music performances all day long on a Sunday.
It’s rolling with the schedule and adjusting it constantly. It’s being okay with saying no to social engagements. It’s letting the housework slide a little and learning to be gentle with oneself.
School is finished except for two exams and the next season has already started. Jared is in the practice room (aka the front room) most days, all day and we are adjusting to a whole new schedule of all being home together.
I thought it would be fun to share a little bit of what I do to keep me sane (or a little less grumpy about messes) around the house and then you can share what you do in the comments. Okay?
I just started using a cleaning schedule and honestly? It’s changing my life. It’s basic and it’s just jotted in the sidebar of my planner. And it’s not even original to me, I copied a friend’s schedule after telling her I needed to do something. We don’t have a big house just a flat so I can normally clean the whole place pretty fast if I need too. But I needed something to keep me on track, housework is not my first love and especially when I have two little helpers.
So here’s what I do:
Mondays – Wash laundry, focus on dining room and kitchen.
This allows me to do all those extra things that never get done, you know, the washing of the cupboard doors or clearing off the top of the fridge. All that fun stuff.
Tuesdays- Fold Laundry. Master Bedroom.
I hardly ever got all the laundry washed and dried on Mondays anyways and this way I can fold all the laundry at once. I throw it all on our bed and fold it at some point. Normally during the evening, listening to a podcast (my favorite current being the Simple Mom podcast, you’re welcome). I then putter around our room, dusting, sweeping, going through clothes etc.
Wednesdays- Clean bathroom, hallway. Our hallway is like a whole extra room, it’s amazing and big and can get cluttered with random stuff. So I clean it and sweep it and it feels like a new place.
Thursdays- The Girls Room. I’ve often vaccumed and swept in here already but this is my day to go through toys/clothes/stuff. Wash their floor, rearrange the floor cushions and read stories. We read on every other day too. Kilmeny loves to vacuum and I let her, sometimes I do a quick zoom over after she does but most of the time she does a great job!
Fridays- The Front Room. It gets straightened and vacuumed and it’s ready for the weekend. This is where Jared teaches, we watch movies on our super-fancy set up involving the laptop plugged into our speakers. I share coffee with a friend and re-arrange the mantel. It’s not a play space, its a quiet space.
Daily- Wipe counters, sweep floors, general tidy.
I’ve been doing this little routine for several weeks now and I feel so much better about my house! It works for us and I think we’ll keep it going right through the next seasons. I’m excited about spending more time outside and staying on top of the housework.
Do you have a cleaning schedule? How do you roll with it during busy seasons? Would you use a cleaning schedule? Also, do you wear cute sandals when you vacuum? I hear they help.
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