Sunday, May 30, 2010

The Chore Chart

{Greetings friends.  I hope to be back here more often but if I'm not as regular as I used to be, please understand that I am probably not taking my blogging fiber enough or that life is just moving too fast to grab a moment for this.}

I am attempting to get my home life organized.  I am killer organized in an office setting and our finances are so spick and span they practically shine, but the carpet, sadly, is coated in dog hair...again.  I had a great conversation with a friend recently about my inability to be a good, even passable housekeeper.  My house is either gleaming (and I'm collapsed on the floor while Cora whines around my ankles because I've been ignoring her so much) or it is a total wreck and I'm contemplating renting a bulldozer.  There is no in between!  The reason behind it all?  I get totally overwhelmed by my house.  I know what it takes to get it clean and instead of doing it a bit at a time, I want to do it all at once (which is HUGE job), so I avoid it. 

So this week I wrote out what needed to be done on a weekly or monthly basis and made a chart.  Much like the one my mama had for us when we were kids.  (Hmmm.  I find more and more nuggets of Mama wisdom embedded in my brain)  It divides up the house and jobs into days, so no one day feels overwhelming.  Now I can clean the bathrooms and for that day, ignore the hairy carpet because I know that vacuuming day is just around the corner and it WILL get taken care of, but just not today.   My favorite day?  Check out Sunday.  All it says is REST (and think about the menu for the week).  I can sit here and be in the moment, knowing that tomorrow I will tackle one bit of the huge mountain of chores around here.


Jaime said...

I love your chore chart! I try to do a little house cleaning each day, too. It really works well. Sometimes I get ahead and sometimes I get behind, but it gives me a bit of direction. Good luck with it! You can do it!!

BMX photo said...

hi there ^^! warm greeting 0_0

keep up your good work!

Wendy said...

I just started something very similar. I just designated a single room(lumped bathrooms with bedrooms) for every day of the week and put that on my google calendar. The same logic goes that I shouldn't worry about anything else but the assigned room of the day. I started this a couple of weeks ago and have yet to clean a room completely but I hope to get to that point soon. Good luck with it. May we both find that happy balance.

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