Many years ago, when I worked a corporate job, I had a cleaning person. She was wonderful and came to see us once every two weeks. The days Audrey was here, were my favorite to come home, as the floors shone, and everything smelled great.
For 10 years, I never looked back. Our wonderful cleaning person even came with us when we moved 2 miles away from our original home. I couldn't imagine a life without her. But between the sagging economy of a few years ago, I left the corporate world and began my new career from the comfort of my home.
In light of that, we made a financial decision to let our cleaning person of 10 years go. . .I was in pain.
So armed with a Spring Cleaning issue of Real Simple and the internet. . .I set up a regular cleaning schedule for myself. . .one "big ticket" item a day:
Monday - Clean the Bathroom
Tuesday - Dusting - all rooms
Wednesday - Vacuuming and Water the Plants
Thursday - Mop the Floors
Friday - Catch-all Day for anything that didn't get done
Weekends - Wash towels and sheets and Water plants
Everyday - Tidy-up and Declutter, Clean the Kitchen, 1 Load of Laundry
I prefer one thing a day to 3 hours of cleaning on the weekend. And it's worked out really well. Over the years, I've made some modifications and I add that day's activity to my daily to-do list, so I also get the sense of accomplishment when I finish it and cross it off. I also have a "pretty" version laid out on a back page in my Planner to remind me.
Got any great cleaning ideas? What works at your house?
catch you soon -