The mess seems to keep piling up…
You are sitting on the couch drinking your morning coffee and all you see is the dirt on the floor, the pile of clothes that should have been folded yesterday, and the jelly your three-year old smeared on the wall this morning. You’re wondering how in the world your house managed to get so dirty and how you are going to find the time and motivation to get it clean.
I have had this very thought. After many months of struggling to find a way to keep up with the mess I now know that if I make cleaning easy and intentional everyday that I will not only have a clean house everyday, but it will only take a short amount of time accomplish!
My schedule or mood doesn’t allow me to clean daily…
Perhaps you work all day and certainly don’t feel like cleaning when you get home at 6:30 P.M. Or maybe you are a stay at home mom who is completely worn thin already and cannot see how it is possible to fit daily cleaning into your schedule. I have been in both of these situations. I have also suffered from depression or just been in a funk that won’t go away and I literally could not muster up the energy to clean!
That is why I now keep a schedule. With a schedule there is always a visual to look at everyday to motivate you. If you can see exactly what needs to be done or checked off it makes the WHOLE house seem less daunting. Instead of feeling like you have an entire house to clean, seeing the three to four small jobs makes it seem much more possible. When something seems achievable, you’ll be more likely to get it done!
I spend about thirty minutes every morning doing my cleaning. In the evenings after dinner I do another quick pick up around the house. In total that is thirty-five minutes everyday to keep my house looking and feeling nice.
That is what MY cleaning schedule looks like! I use it everyday and love being able to see exactly what needs doing and quickly getting through the list. Without this I usually just don’t have the motivation to do things on a daily basis, except laundry since I have five people in my household!
Why being intentional helps your cleaning habit?
Well as I have said, using a schedule is an effective way to get things done for most people. But not all of us are Type A, list checking people. In that case you should know that it takes about thirty days to turn an activity into a habit. So like anything else that you get used to… going to work, taking the kids to school, cooking dinner, giving baths… you too can get used to doing a quick clean everyday.
Having a clean house is not only creating a more calm environment for your family, but it can make YOU feel better mentally! Intentionally cleaning a little each day will help you turn cleaning into a habit which will make each day’s cleanup a little easier than the day before!
Just click below for your own blank copy of the cleaning schedule to fill in according to your household’s needs! I hope it comes in handy and gets you cleaning!
Make Your Own Cleaning Schedule!
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