This year I am doing a weekly series every Monday on organizing. There is a great book that I found on Amazon, organize now, by Jennifer Ford Berry. The thing I really love about this book is that it is broken up in to weeks. There is a project for every week of the year, plus a few more.
Week One: Mind and Life Vision
Week Two: Priorities
Week Three: Schedule
Week Four: Cleaning Schedules
Let’s talk about cleaning. I can remember when I was growing up, my mother would do spring and fall cleaning. Now, there are things about being a military family that were good, some bad. Looking back, I realize that one good thing about moving every two years is that your house can only get so dirty!
Anyway. I am not down with the big cleaning. I theoretically agree with the cleaning methods that suggest that you keep a rotating schedule through the year. Note my use of “theoretically.” I love this idea, but I am not great at sticking to it. Everyone has their preference, and you just need to find one you like, and stick to it as best you can!
Here are some of the best methods:
Home Routines: this is an app that I have on my iPad. You can adapt this for Flylady or any other routine you like.
Time Warp Wife: everyone must already know how much I love her daily and weekly schedules.
Clean Mama: I really love this website. She had awesome schedules, printables, tips…if it is about housekeeping, she has it covered!
iDream of Clean: this is great website that has 31-day challenges…
Organized Home: this website has been around a long time, and is a great resource for printables, cleaning schedules, and tips on household notebooks.
Somewhat Simple: she has an adorable cleaning box she made with tasks on cards inside…
Now, I personally use a combination of these. I have a Flylady control journal, which houses my routines (weeks 5 and 6) and cleaning schedules (this week), as well as my grocery shopping (week 7) and meal planning (week 8). I prefer to break my cleaning up during the week, like Clean Mama and Time Warp Wife, rather than having a Home Blessing Hour like Flylady. I found this great Cleaning Schedule on The Polka Dot Posie.
I laminated it, and fill it out every week with my Organize Now organizing task, my daily housekeeping area a la Time Warp Wife, my Flylady Zone, and all of the daily Flylady missions for that zone that I get in an email on Sunday.
You can check out my Pinterest board on Home Management for more ideas…