This cycle of lazy to clean to lazy in my natural state, but I am tired of it. I want a change. I know if I can just keep up on things I won't end up spending 45 minutes with a tooth brush trying to clean shower grout. I have found a new plan! I read it on a blog somewhere. I call it the 30 minute clean.
Monday through Friday is each assigned an area. Here is the break down for me:
The idea is that every day I spend 30 minutes cleaning the room assigned, and only 30 minutes. This 30 minutes does not include cleaning up toys, doing dishes, and other daily stuff. I am talking the more deep cleaning. For example, yesterday I worked in the kitchen. After doing my daily stuff of doing dishes and wiping off the counter, I then set the timer for 30 minutes and went to work. I scrubbed my sink, degreased my stove top are and outside the microwave, scrubbed the dish drainer, and cleaned off 7 years worth of buildup off my teapot. It might have been a little longer than 30 minutes, but after that I just stopped. It was actually hard for me to stop. I noticed I needed to degrease my oven door and probably clean the inside of my oven. So why did I stop? Because I don't want to fall back into the cycle of cleaning burnout. The idea is that next Monday it will be fast to clean the sink and I can spend time on degreasing the over door.
My list of daily chores is not that long either. Here is a general list, but some days if might vary:
- Dishes (My husband does the evening dishes. Told you he was awesome!)
- Wipe down counters and stove top (Stove top is also done by my husband.)
- Pick up and put away 'stuff'
- Make bed
- Laundry (Only Mon-Thurs for me)
- Vacuum as needed
On a funny note, I saw this floating around Pintrest. Hope it makes you smile.