I have always been so impressed by my SUPER HUMAN mom friends who are always on top of everything. You know, the ones who have it all together in their completely spotless house–not even an out-of-place pillow, dust particle on a window sill, or half-eaten goldfish under the couch. I’m going to be honest, list or no list, I’m just not that Mama. Never have been, never will be. I’ve always been the one that turns into a drill sergeant 30 minutes prior to company arriving, demanding that everyone in the house help me at least hide the mess. Yes, we hide. There. I got it off my chest.
I think some of it is just inevitable when you have a one and two-year-old who love to get everything out, all at once, and leave their little marks as many places around the house as possible. About a week ago, my (amazingly awesome) husband surprised me with a SPOTLESS house after a trip I took with our kids to visit family and less than 24 hours of the crew being home, the house was totally trashed. Trashed.
House chores are endless when you have littles, but the amount of time we spend doing them can definitely be better managed when planned properly.
The Black Hole: Laundry.
Before I created a cleaning schedule, I would tidy up often, but wouldn’t make time for laundry–that’s just never been on my “fun” chore list… The black hole will sneak up on you if you let it go too long. Between my husbands military uniforms, PT clothes, my workout clothes, and the dozens of outfits my kids go through each day, it is not uncommon for us to have 6-8 loads of laundry in a one-week period. Without a good system in play, laundry became a very daunting task. When Sunday afternoon would roll around, I knew it was grind time. Not only did I dread the time spent, wasted, hanging t-shirts and pairing socks every Sunday afternoon, but I was missing out on time with my hubby. I just couldn’t handle that anymore.
That’s when I finally broke down and decided I needed to get organized– it was time for a list! I wrote down every cleaning task that needed to be done each week and broke it down by the day. After creating the list, I realized how many things I hadn’t kept up with very well (even though I intended to)–like cleaning the refrigerator and appliances and washing the bathroom rugs. I wish I had followed this cleaning list sooner because I am now much more efficient, which has given me a lot of extra free time when it’s all added up. It’s amazing how just a simple list can change your entire outlook on housework!
So in summary, if you’re anything like me and need a little help in the organization department, this document is your answer!
less stress & more free time = two things every mom desperately needs.
Now are you ready for your own copy?