Inspired, as always, by my dear friend Emily who blogs very regularly at Joyful Abode, I’m jumping head first into 20 Chore Tuesday! As luck would have it, however, yesterday was a VERY challenging parenting day for me and a rough teething one for Liam. Suffice it to say I got stuff done, but not nearly everything I wanted to.
Here are the lists I posted in the morning:
Successful #1. Laundry didn’t get done. Caught up on work, went for a much needed run instead of Shredding, and did NOT paint my toe nails.
Haven’t found a race yet, or made the photo book, missed Dine & Dash, did not do pattern for my basket liner. I did switch out Liam’s Medium gDiapers for Large out of necessity. Ryan’s drawer did not get organized.
No donation or Narnia (I crossed this one off because I’m going to have Ryan tackle it with me). I DID get the kitchen things done! Still, my 20 Chore Tuesday ended up being 9 Chore Tuesday. Sad.
Funny thing, the checked list above was all stuff I did before 9am! I thought the day was off to a great, productive start… then the Teething gods laugh at me. My goal for next week will be to try and get the entire list done, of course, since that’s the point of the exercise. I realize it was a bit much anyway. For a list of 20 items, they need to be small and manageable, not “re-organize the entire under-the-stairs Narnia closet”.
I’m also starting a new cleaning approach. I’ve been a SAHM (really, WAHM) for almost 6 months and I still have a lot to learn about time management. Some thing I realized the past few days is I need to have specific items which get done on a weekly basis or else I feel like I’m constantly on a hamster wheel- laundry, bathrooms, vacuuming, etc. I realize those things pretty much need constant upkeep but I want to dedicate a particular day per week to focus on them. Not only so I can do a better job at completing tasks, but also feel a sense of accomplishment at the end of each day. Sometimes I look around and wonder, “What on earth did I do today??”
So here’s my rough schedule, pending amendments after it’s been executed once or twice:
MONDAY- Dust, straighten after the weekend
TUESDAY- 20 Chore Tuesday
FRIDAY- Vacuum downstairs & mop
SATURDAY- Mop porch
SUNDAY- grocery shop/meal plan, vacuum upstairs
Ongoing items are: diaper & workout clothes laundry, keeping up with the dishes and kitchen (with Ryan’s help). I’m envisioning if there’s a slow week or I have extra time doing deep cleaning things like- wiping out refrigerator, sweeping porch, etc. I like the Motivated Moms calendar but most of it is second nature to me. I do need ideas for deeper cleaning though because I’m bad at those. I’m not sure our kitchen floor was mopped more than once when we lived in Great Lakes (!!!) To be fair, we did have a 9×9 floor carpet down.
Do you have set days for particular recurring chores or do you take a more haphazard approach?