I need a cleaning schedule.

Well, with only one day left of school, I can pretty much declare – I have MADE IT through this school year. I have made it to summer! It was a very long, draining year. My hardest year as a teacher for sure, and having twins at home after a year of maternity leave only made it that much harder. I’m looking forward to starting fresh next fall, but for now – I get to pretend I’m a stay-at-home-mom again. And I’m really, really excited about it.

One of the things I’m looking forward to this summer (besides spending quality time with my children, of course) is spreading out my tasks and to-dos throughout the day, rather than saving them from 8:00-11:00pm. Not only do I want to get all my nightly chores done as I am already doing, but I want to take on more tasks. See, my house is an embarrassing disaster. I’ve talked about this before, actually. (Funny, I thought the house was messy THEN!) And unfortunately, out of the two adults, two toddlers and two dogs living in this small home, none of us are really the cleanest/neatest, and our biggest issue is that we don’t maintain our clean house (whenever that happens). I have a desire for organization like I can’t even describe, but it all seems so overwhelming, and on a weekend after a long week of work, the last thing I want to do is deep clean my house. So I don’t, and that’s a problem.

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It’s also a problem when the twins find the tissues!

Now that I’ll be home for the next 7-8 weeks, it’s time to tackle the mess. Currently, the twins are napping from 1:30-3:15. It’s not the longest nap, and as it is C doesn’t fall asleep for bedtime until at least 8:30, if not 9:00. But I need them to nap this summer as long as possible. That’s my time. I’d like to spend the first 15-20 minutes of their nap doing normal clean-up, maintenance chores (washing dishes from lunch, wiping counters, taking out trash, etc.) – things my nanny currently does and I finish up on at night. But in addition, I’d love to do one or two additional cleaning tasks during the nap. Every single room in my house needs an overhaul. From washing curtains to scrubbing radiators to sorting through clothes – it’s all there, waiting for me. There are receipts everywhere and coats that need washing and couches that need vacuuming.  I can also tell you that I don’t want to spend every single moment of their nap, every single day, doing chores. I’d like to blog more – a few times a week. I’d like to sort through months’ worth of pictures I’ve taken. I’d like to update the FB page I’ve neglected in the last few months. I’d like to get back to my hobbies – even spending only 20-30 minutes would be fine. But the nap is short, and the house is messy. I’m just not sure where to start.

How do successfully clean people clean their homes? Do they just pass by certain areas of the house and say, “That needs to be cleaned, I’ll do it right now”? Because that doesn’t work in my life. I’m in need of a good cleaning chart – one that gives me a sort of regimented schedule. I can’t just clean up “whatever I see”. I get distracted, all of a sudden my phone is in my hands and I’m addicted to the internet, which is frankly an obnoxious habit I need to break. I need specific tasks to be completed on specific days. If anyone has a good one, pass it this way! Otherwise, I’m hitting up Pinterest.

B and C have been doing wonderfully and their language is finally taking off! I’m excited to share an update, and I might actually be able to on the new summer schedule! 🙂

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4 thoughts on “I need a cleaning schedule.

  1. randomsqueaks says:

    I am so there with you! I’ve been yet another fit about how messy the house is, and I’m not a neat freak so when I think it’s too much, it’s really bad. I currently take the first part of nap as a break for myself (necessary!) and then do whatever cleaning up I can but lately I’ve been doing other things instead. A cleaning schedule should help but I can’t even find the time to sit down and write one out!

  2. hunting for bliss says:

    I’m no help! My house is a disaster and my twins are only 6 months old! However, I do sometimes set the timer on the stove for, say, 10 minutes, and dedicate that time to clean whatever I can (dishes, a quick dusting, both bathrooms, something!). If I just did that once per day, my house would look vastly different, but…twins.

  3. Daryl says:

    I so could have written this post! I’ve been saying for weeks (if not months!) that I need to come up with a weaning schedule, but it hasn’t happened yet. And it’s totally overwhelming and bumming me out, which is opposite of motivating. Gah!

  4. robin says:

    This just came up in one of my mom groups and I will be honest the only way we are clean is because we have a cleaning service come pretty often. On top of that we (together) spend 45min cleaning every evening, putting away toys adn doing dishes and wiping surfaces. When my husband is out of town I spend over an hour tidying up from the day and it is tiring so I often just leave toys out and wipe for hygiene purposes and call it a day. Also my husband is a compulsive tidier which is funny because I am not, he tackles things like the corners of the kitchen counter where things pile up, etc.

    HOWEVER, if cleaning services are not in your future, a while ago I became inspired by Unfuck Your Habitat http://unfuckyourhabitat.tumblr.com . Sorry for the profanity but it is a great blog, with lots of cleaning tips, especially for busy people. She has a night time routine for resetting your house, and lots of good tips for quick cleaning, or how to maximize your cleaning time, etc. Check it out, soon after reading the site I was inspired to shred and recycle 5 years worth of junk mail…!

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