One of the more practical ways that we can look well to the ways of our households is to keep our homes reasonably clean and orderly. Realistically, none of us have the time to keep our homes white-glove clean all of the time; and I doubt that we’d want to spend our time that way even if we could. We have families. Some of us homeschool our children. Some of you have several little ones that need your attention throughout the day. There are jobs, aging parents, chronic illnesses and many other things that are a part of our lives.
I’ve had several emails in the last several weeks inquiring about the schedule I use to clean and maintain my home. I refer often to getting the “dailies” or my weekly chores done, or that I’m working on my monthly chores in a particular area of my home. I’m not trying to duck answering those emails, and I’ll give you a very clear answer to the question of how I do things in a moment.
However, no matter what sort of system you choose, you actually have to use it. You have to pull out the cleaning supplies, pull your hair back, put on an apron and get to work!
It’s fun, I know, to sit down and plan out elaborate schedules for getting our homes clean and keeping them that way. The planning and the scheduling are good, useful things to do; but unless you actually begin to do the work outlined on those schedules, your home will not be clean and it will not be organized.
Another key thing to remember is that if you only have half an hour to devote to cleaning your house, don’t try to tackle a job that will take three or four hours. Instead, use the time you have to make the most difference. Pick up the stuff littering the tables, floors and couches. Fold the clean laundry and put it away. Better yet, have the kids put the laundry away for you while you make a quick job of spraying the kitchen counters down and wiping them clean. When time is short, determine that clean enough is good enough.
Our homes should be clean enough to be healthy and orderly enough to be pleasant, but there’s nothing better, in my eyes, than a family home that looks like the family enjoys living there.
In the past, I’ve tried to give detailed instructions on how my system is set up, but why reinvent the wheel? More than twenty years ago, I picked up a copy of the first edition of this book . It’s the system I’ve used, successfully, ever since. There were times that I tried something different, but I’ve always come back to Pam and Peggy’s book. My first system was set up on 3 x 5 cards just as the book described. These days, it’s all entered into my Google calendar. There’s nothing wrong with the card system, but technology has given me a more efficient way of accomplishing the same thing.
Sidetracked Home Executives is funny and encouraging. The instructions given make customizing their system to your home, family and schedule easy. It’s what I use, and it works! Well, it works when I do!
God bless you as you look well to the ways of your household!