Home maintenance can become an uncontrollable monster if you don’t keep it manageable. If your home has become infested with clutter and junk you don’t need, we’ll take care of that in a few days. But today, your challenge is to make a game plan for keeping your home organized and clean.
It takes about two to four hours a week to an organized home. If you want to do Spring Cleaning every week instead of once or twice a year, add two hours to that total. This assumes you have children who were taught to pick up after themselves, and that you spend 15 minutes in the morning or the evening straitening up. If you don’t have these two things going for you, it might increase the amount of time to six to eight hours. Here are the steps to home maintenance.
Weekly Chores: Write down the chores you need to do weekly to maintain your home.
Daily Chores: Write down the things you should do for 15-20 minutes a day to keep your house in order.
Yearly Chores: If you plan to do Spring cleaning throughout the year, write down the chores you need to do yearly, and divide them up into monthly chores.
Chore List for Children: Create a chore list for your children with a reward system. Here are a couple of online link to help you with that.
- Age Appropriate Chores for Children
- Chore Charts for Kids
- Creating a Chore Chart
- 118 Ways to Make a Chore Chart
When to Do What: Decide when you will do your weekly house maintenance. Would you prefer to work on it every day or do it all once a week? Schedule a set time to do these chores.
Checklist: Have a weekly checklist for your chores. You can do this on the computer, use an app, or hang a sign you create on the refrigerator. Here are a few templates and apps.
- Home Routines
- Cleaning Checklist
- Motivated Moms
- Housecleaning Checklist
- Organomics Housecleaning Checklist
- The SHE System
Priorities: Remember that the reason for a clean house is to make your life easier. If you don’t get everything done because a friend needs you or you have a family emergency, life will not end because you didn’t mop the kitchen floor. People are more important than housework.
Extra Help: If you have the money and work full time, consider getting extra help. Hire a housecleaner to come in once a week. Take your dirty clothes to the laundry mat, and have them clean and fold your laundry. Hire an older teenager to do your grocery shopping for you. Any time you free up from these chores will be time you can use to spend with God and your family and pursue your goals. You are worth it.