30 in 5
Week One of 30 in 5 is down and life is good.
30 in 5 is my New Year's Revolution for cleaning.
30 minutes a day, 5 days a week.
The weekend completely free to do what I want.
(So free, in fact, that I forgot to blog yesterday!)
I started this years ago when I was a full time-student
with a part-time job and a full-time husband who worked shifts.
I managed to keep the house livable while meeting myself
coming and going by employing a few useful tips.
As life settled, those great habits slowly faded away.
Now I'm a full-time educator with a full-time husband and
very little time for just doing what I want.
It's the perils of a grown-up life.
I decided to dig out my old schedule and see how it'd work now.
Let me preface this by saying, start with a clean house.
This is actually more of a maintenance schedule
than a deep-cleaning schedule.
I'm so pleased to announce I've had a clean-free weekend.
It's encouraging enough to continue.
Here's what I do.
Check for laundry, dishes, trash, and assorted straightening
(sorting the mail, arranging my lists, shelving books & magazines.)
Monday & Thursday:
Dust, Vacuum & Mop
Tuesday & Friday:
Bathroom & Wipe Down Kitchen
Saturday & Sunday:
Enjoy the weekend.
I still cook, wash those dishes and maybe,
just MAYBE a load of laundry.
Most of these can be done in 30 minutes, usually while I'm cooking dinner.
I may only do parts. After scrubbing the bath on Tuesday, it doesn't
necessarily need it again Friday. But, I do wipe down
all icky surfaces, check the trash, change the shower curtain
(I use a cloth curtain I wash weekly) and mop, one of those days.
Wednesday, I changed my linens before work. After work = free agent!
Maintenance is always better than starting from scratch
after a week of neglect. It's worth the effort daily to have a free weekend.
Give it a try!