Thursday, April 14, 2011

It's Spring!

Some people like to spring clean.....I am still trying to be good at regular cleaning. :)

I admit, I am a bad housekeeper. I have never been very happy and or good about cleaning. I have had my moments, we would never be chosen to be on an episode of hoarders or anything. But I know I need to be better at the small little daily tasks, because if I can keep control of the daily stuff the bigger stuff (like Spring Cleaning) will be easier, right?

While we were on vacation Ken and I did some planning and goal setting. One of my goals was to set up a Chore Chart and follow it! On our way home we stayed with the Nelsons, (thanks Nelsons) and Kristen showed me her Chore Chart. It had Once Weekly things and Every Day things, I liked that concept and last Monday I made "the Wheeler Family Chore Chart" (that's a pretty great name, don't you think?)

I deep clean one main area of the house each day, Kitchen, Living Room, Family Room, Bed Rooms, Guest Room and Craft Area, and Bathrooms. Plus on Monday and Wednesday I do a couple loads of Laundry. Each day I make sure that the dishes are washed and put away, the Counters and Kitchen Table are cleared and wiped after dinner and J helps to put all the toys away before bed. So far it has worked quite nicely.

It feels very, very, very nice to wake up to a reasonably clean house in the morning. I also have hope that if someone just "Stopped By" I would not be embarrassed out of my mind, but would be comfortable enough to invite them in to visit for a while. Feel free to check up on me once and a while, keep me on my toes.

Today I am cleaning bedrooms. Bedrooms (and Bathrooms) are the bane of my cleaning existence, mostly because I tend to hide things in my room that don't have a home..... so when cleaning my room I have to make lots of decisions about where things ought to go. I am sure I am not alone in this. BUT I also know that when my room is clean and organized I sleep much better, so there is a trade off, I guess. Well, I better stop procrastinating and get down to business. Wish me luck!


mj4toty said...

Yeah, I'm quickly discovering that spring cleaning with a toddler in the house is mythical idea that doesn't really exist! I do the same thing as far as a chore chart--certain days are certain rooms. Kitchen-Mon., Bedrooms-Tue., Bathroom-Wed., etc. And I try to not make cleaning an all day thing...otherwise I won't be motivated to do it! Good luck with the new system! At least the weather is helping me out right now. A little sunshine and there's no way I would be stuck in the house cleaning! =)

Kristen said...

Oh YAY! I'm so happy for you and honored that you mentioned me. =o) I hope it makes you happy. Mine has made me feel more peaceful and in control. And you will soon find that bathrooms are FUN to clean when you do it regularly! Or maybe I'm just strange. Either way, you are awesome for setting goals and making them happen!

Scarlett said...

I love it! You need to show me your chart. I need to make one of my own.