Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Let’s Talk About: Cleaning

I was intrigued when I saw the link to this 30 Day Cleaning Schedule in the comments on a post on Healthy Tipping Point about Caitlin’s Daily Chore Calendar.  And again on her follow-up post, Your Cleaning Tips


I’m pretty good about keeping a clean home but sometimes I get lazy and then a week or two will go by without any real cleaning.  Then I’ll have to spend a whole day, or two, getting everything cleaned up again.  Its exhausting!  So I thought I’d give the 30 Day Cleaning Schedule a try. 

In addition to following the 30 Day Cleaning Schedule I am also going to continue to tackle routine daily chores.  And we’ve also started the One Minute Rule {that I learned about in the book The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin} which basically is to not procrastinate any task that takes less than a minute to complete {deal with mail as it comes in, file papers immediately, put dishes into dishwasher, hang up coats, put shoes away, etc}.

So far I’m totally loving the 30 Day Cleaning Schedule and this approach to cleaning.  I feel like I spend less time cleaning, on average, and my house is more organized and much “cleaner” in general.  Also, both the husband and I are very pleased that we started the One Minute Rule.  It really is an easy approach to small tasks. 

How do you approach household chores?  Does anyone else use the 30 Day Cleaning Schedule or do you follow some other cleaning schedule?  Have you ever heard of the One Minute Rule?


Lisa said...

Aww cleaning (Sigh) I use to hate cleaning. Eventually I came up with a daily routing. It helps keep me on track but of course life gets in the way and things can get messy around here. Thanks for sharing those links. I'm book marking them. I like the flylady.com

P said...

Oh, hey, I use flylady.net, too!! Just the other day I was thinking about how I've started letting things slide more and more and I really need to get back to it. I'll check out that 30 Day Cleaning Schedule - thanks for the tip!

P said...

I just went to that blog and I LOVE this system! It's very, very similar to flylady, but it seems simpler to follow. I cut and pasted it into a check-box list (damn, I love checking things off a list!) and I'm going to post it on my fridge next to the training plan. :) Thanks again!