How to Make 2014 Your Most Organized Year – Or at Least Start
I’m a very organized person. I’m a list maker, and a planner. Every day I have a list of things to do, some constants and some variables, and I try my best to complete them all. Despite my somewhat OCD state, daily schedule organization makes me feel comfortable, confident, and purposeful in my every day life. I feel as though I have more time with my daughter and my husband because I simply knock of the things on my list and the rest of my day is free to spend with them.
There are lots of different ways I stay organized but mostly my organization revolves around the things I do on a daily basis. About a year ago, I did a vlog on meal planning. This is just one of the tools I use in my every day life that helps me to stay a little less stressed during the day. Click here if you would like to learn more about meal planning.
One of the other ways I keep my daily schedule organized is through my cleaning schedule. Yes, I realize this is a little lame but that’s what some of adults worry about- finding the time to do all those awesome things you see on Pinterest AND keep up with daily chores. Even so, so separating my cleaning schedule has alleviated so much stress on my daily life. I have a list of things I do each day and I section off a time during the day to do them. Of course this doesn’t always work out as I plan, but for the most part I am able to get the majority of my things done.
Here is a run-down of what I do: I give myself a few chores each day to complete. Nothing takes me more than 30 to 45 minutes to do. That’s it- no more than 45 minutes out of my day (and sometimes that’s spread out!) is spent cleaning.
There are several different versions of cleaning schedules floating around on Pinterest, but the best thing is figure out what works for you. Here is my cleaning schedule if you’d like a reference to start:
Mondays- Vacuum main floor, dust, clean hard floors, wash cleaning rags and dish towels
Tuesdays- Bathrooms, wash towels (every other week)
Wednesdays- Vacuum main floor, spot dust
Thursdays- Wash/change sheets (every other week), vacuum upstairs
Fridays- Vacuum main floor, spot dust
Kitchen counters, sink, and stove are cleaned as needed throughout the day.
Other things are done once a month:
-wipe baseboards and railings- First Sunday of the month
-wipe blinds and window sills- First Saturday of the month
-wipe down doors and and vents/fans- last Saturday or Sunday of the month
No I don’t sit there looking at every spot in my house feeling overwhelmed that it needs to be cleaned and I have no time, because now I have a designated day each week to clean that area. And everything in my house stays relatively clean because it is cleaned at least once a week, so rarely are there times where things get so dirty that I spend a long length of time trying to deep clean it.
So maybe I’m a little OCD but with a kid that thinks Goldfish are fun to crunch under her feet and a dog who sheds like Chewbacca on a hot summer day, things get gross and I like things clean. Just ask my husband who I often follow around with a little dust pan since those combat boots seem to hold mud in their crevices everywhere except inside my house.
These chores really don’t take too much time out of my day. They take just about as long as an episode of Dora. Perfect. Working full-time can definitely put a wrench in getting things done every day, but my suggestion is just to take two to three chores each day, and try to get those done while the kids are finishing homework. Do what works for you, but I promise that having a few things to do each day feels so much better than trying to cram a whole house cleaning in every weekend.
Good luck, and feel free to comment below with any questions or suggestions! Happy cleaning!