Last week during Managing March Madness month we discussed Managing Your Time with productivity expert and author, Julie Morgenstern. This week we discuss Managing Your Cleaning with cleaning expert, blogger and amazing printable-designer, Becky, from Clean Mama! Listen to Becky’s interview here.
Becky keeps things simple. We love that. She directs her message to people who do NOT want to spend their lives cleaning and to those who have limited time but still want a clean house. Sign us up for that!
You can begin a simple cleaning routine by following Becky’s example. Becky does 4 tasks every day.
During the interview, as I (Tracy) sat waiting to hear Becky’s four daily tasks, my head was imagining her saying things like mop the floor, clean the toilets, dust the main level, wash the windows, etc. But, the first thing she said was…
MAKE THE BED.
Well, gosh, that only takes 2 minutes, maybe 5-10 if you have a lot of decorative pillows or if you move really slow in the morning. I could make my bed. (Yes, I only make my bed when I feel like it which is probably 50% of the time.)
Her next task, COMPLETE ONE LOAD OF LAUNDRY.
My good friend said that when she had her house on the market she would have her kids set their dirty laundry from the day before at the top of the steps. Then, on her way down she would gather her husband’s dirty clothes, grab the kids and start a load before she left for work. As soon as she would walk in from work (she worked part time) she would transfer the load to the dryer. By the time the family got home the clothes would be folded and everyone would take them to their room and put them away.
Although laundry is not a big deal for me and I kind of enjoy it, I think I could start a load every morning, first thing. It might take a little practice for me to get the kinks worked out but it is worth a try!
You could begin to train your children to do 4 tasks a day and one could be to put their clean laundry away.
Next, CLEAN UP THE CLUTTER.
Some of you may have clutter everywhere so this may seem impossible. Don’t worry. Spend 15 minutes a day reducing your clutter. Pick one item up and decide what it is and where it should go: In a box labeled donate? In a trash bag? Or, elsewhere in the house? Start in one area (to the right of the light switch if you can’t decide) and sort into these three containers for 10 minutes. Spend the last 5 minutes walking through the house putting your elsewhere items away.
Others may have a pretty clutter free home. Use this time to process your mail, tidy up or work on a bigger project.
Finally, number four, DO THE WEEKLY TASK.
Do the task assigned to each day. I love Fridays: Catch-all. Becky explained that if you miss Monday you shouldn’t add it to your to do list on Tuesday. Instead, that will be your job on Friday!
Do you want to start a simple cleaning routine? Find out what works for you and motivates you to keep it up. For Becky, checking things from a list works. Maybe for you it is an app on your phone? Or, a frame with a dry erase marker?
Grab Becky’s free March 2014 free cleaning/organizing calendar and get started cleaning your home today!