My biggest struggle since becoming a work-at-home and homeschooling mom has always been finding time to get everything done. And the area of my life that usually suffers the most is the housework.
I’ve tried various methods from Flylady to Motivated Moms to keep my house in “company ready” (but not company perfect!) condition, and everything I’ve tried has either taken too long or has been too complicated for me to follow.
Last summer I came across a simple Facebook photo that led me to a post from Bakerette.com. This post listed a few morning, evening, and weekly tasks. All the tasks fit on one sheet of paper that could be printed out and hung on my fridge.
I have to say, that one piece of paper has revolutionized my house.
I tweaked the list to suit my needs, and now my house is clean most of the time. The rest of the time, I can get it picked up in 5-10 minutes if I have to.
No more dreading the knock at the front door. No more panicking when a friend calls to tell me she’ll be over in 5 minutes. No more mad cleaning spree when my child wants to invite a friend over. No more feeling guilty about not cleaning when I’m working.
Daily Must-Dos to Keep the House Respectable
1. Swish & Swipe the bathrooms. Stargirl and I each do a bathroom in the morning.
2. Vacuum public areas – Bug’s morning chore.
3. Load and run the dishwasher (morning).
4. Do a load of laundry.
5. Clean up clutter (after school).
6. Load and run the dishwasher (evening – Stargirl’s job).
7. Take out trash (Bug’s job).
8. Clean up clutter (before bed).
By doing those eight things every day, our house stays in respectable condition. On the weekends I do my deep cleaning.
After two and a half weeks of school, the house is still clean! I think that’s a record for us!
If you’d like a complete customizable printable daily/weekly chore list, make sure to snag one from Bakerette.com!