“If we don’t clean this bathroom soon, we’re going to need shots to use it!”
“Hurry, someone just pulled in the driveway! Grab everything near you and throw it in a closet, cabinet, or the dishwasher!”
“Argh!!!!! I can’t think straight in the middle of all this mess!”
These are all statements I’ve made when talking about our house. Since weekdays are busy, our family goal is to clean on Saturdays. However, it takes about 6 hours to get the house to “mom clean,” so it’s easy for other plans to interrupt cleaning.
The strain of knowing what needs to be done and not having time to do it makes my stress level soar! So instead of our home being a relaxing refuge from the world we all desire, it becomes nothing but tense turf. Because we all know when mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy!
Something would have to change to maintain sanity and healthy family relationships.
I began with a plan. My kids still need to learn responsibility so I made the decision they would continue to take turns doing laundry and dishes, they would be responsible for keeping their rooms clean, and they would take turns each Saturday cleaning their bathroom.
The rest of the cleaning duties were written down and split throughout the week. Testing and tracking revealed each weekday took 1 hour of cleaning. To make this doable, I simply cut back on social media. Weekend tasks don’t take as long and fit well with any additional plans made by the family.
It’s been two months and the changes within our household are amazing!
- Our house is consistently clean making it a joy to welcome visitors.
- My stress level has decreased which makes the entire family happier.
- I’m now more efficient in other tasks since cleaning worry and guilt no longer take brain space.
- Our home is now the refuge we desired.
Is this method for everyone? No! Some find it easier to do everything in 1 day, others to receive daily emails with tasks assigned, and many who want their kids to have more responsibility than in this plan.
What is the right way? Whatever works for YOU. I’m simply sharing this method as an option for anyone who find themselves in a similar situation.
Here is the plan:
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© 2015 Connie Davis Johnson