Good Monday everyone!!!
Now that I am feeling much better it is time to get our home back in order and create some simple flow. I have been working on this for about 3 weeks. I wanted to share what has been working for me.
After reading many letters from Laine, and drawing from the old memory bank of when I first became a homemaker years ago I decided to do something super simple and by doing it I am so surprised at how much I am getting accomplished.
After years of trying to make a Homemaking Binder (which ARE AWESOME) and such I always found myself overwhelmed and also felt I never actually used the binder. I would spend time and money creating one only for it to sit on the shelf weeks later. One of my issues I had was that I had very high ambitions. I would follow different people's schedules, cleaning plans, and etc. It NEVER worked because their life isn't mine and mine isn't theirs. Our seasons may have been different or they may have had a bigger home or more demand for spotless than I did.
I started to recreate the binder of few weeks ago and I just couldn't get into it. So, I used Laine's advice and wrote out the basics that HAD to be done for our home to be smooth and orderly.
I then took 7 index cards (large ones) I wrote the days of the week at the top and then I also created weekly Zones. I chose a room or area as a Zone. Everyday always has a prompt to work on the Zone. Even if it is one drawer, basket, or a full 30 minutes of deep cleaning something gets done weekly in every area of my home.
I simple wrote out the chores I felt needed to be done, days for shopping, and my main cleaning day and put them on the index cards. I always add a Zone chore to a day. I will do it based on other things going on. I also keep a To-Do list to write things we have going on, supper plans, reminders and such.
I chose to keep it simple. It is silly to think I can deep clean an area on the day I choose to grocery shop, prep food, and run errands. I also homeschool and I need to be reasonable that this would not work.
Having a Basic outline has been helping me so much. Also, having the Zone Chores are helping in deeper cleaning and decluttering. I can rest my mind knowing that I will cover all the rooms eventually and to try to maintain weekly order so that when my Zone area comes it isn't so overwhelming.
With cards that have bigger projects such as Friday is my Bless the Home day (Main Cleaning) I wrote the chores on the back of that card.
Granted...I will say this is a tad easier for me because even though I was a little all over the place with our routines and flow most of the home had some order to it. So, if your home is very chaotic (which I have had happen) I would take a few days to organize, declutter, and get a basic NOT PERFECT workable order of your home so that you can keep your system simple and the Zone work will not be overwhelming.
I hope this may help some one.
Share....how do you plan your weekly chores???