Over the years, I have tried many a different household organization technique ranging from index cards to notebooks to spreadsheets to some insect themed female. Finally, I have found a system that incorporates points from all of them but has been tweaked to my liking. The best thing about this system is that my daily cleaning activities only take at most 30 minutes (except for the hour on the weekend) and because one particular area of the house is focused on each week, I NEVER have to deep clean.
So, thought I would share my system. I have a weekly plan consisting of:
Saturday or Sunday: 1. Laundry
2. Cleaning Hour
3. Water plants
4. Menus/Grocery List
5. Change Litter Box
Monday: 1. Clean out purse/car
2. Clean out fridge
Tuesday: 1. Gather trash
2. Vacuum (just a quickie hit the high spots)
4. Grocery/Supply shopping
Wednesday: 1. Dust
2. Pay bills/file
3. Change litter box
4. Swish all toilets and wipe down all bathroom counters
Thursday: 1. Vacuum
The weekly (zone) detailed cleaning is divided into 14 different areas of my house. Currently, I am starting on Zone 3 this week, but will catch you up.
Zone 1: Front Porch
Monday: sweep down cobwebs
Tuesday: sweep walkway
Wednesday: deadhead plants in front beds and pots
Thursday: wipe off light fixtures
Zone 2: Entrance and Hallway
Monday: straighten coat closet and boot trays
Tuesday: deep vacuum and mop these areas
Wednesday: remove cobwebs/dust window sills, baseboards, and furniture
Thursday: clean windows, switchplates and doors
Zone 3: Kitchen
Monday: deep clean fridge and microwave/ clean fan, vent, hood
Tuesday: deep vacuum and mop/ clean stove and oven
Wednesday: clean cabinet fronts, straighten drawers and under sink
Thursday: clean light fixtures, doors, switchplates
I have two zones printed on a 4x6 cardstock that is slipped into a clear acrylic magnet frame (7 total). The weekly plan is also in a frame. I keep them on my fridge and rotate the zone ones every other week. As I complete a task, I mark it off with a wipe off marker.
Yes, I realize this is a bit obsessive to some, but organization often appears that way. I never have to worry about getting things done and I get satisfaction from crossing off a task. Plus, I have more free time to do what I want to do, not just what HAS to get done. I will share the upcoming zones as I come to them.
Of course, this approach is not for everyone. Some people function quite well without lists (gasp...what a horror!), while others (hmmm, maybe my sister?) have even MORE detailed lists. As they say, to each his own.