Saturday, May 30, 2015

Cleaning House - Part 1

Here is the thing: I know what I should be writing, and I know what I want to write, but they are not the same thing. I am not the world's best housekeeper, because my place is not the pristine, picture-ready ones seen in home magazines. 

What is that quote? "My house is clean enough to be healthy, but messy enough to be happy." Then, there is another one: "If you came to see me, come on in. If you came to see my house, make an appointment." That is my philosophy. When asked recently, I said I would not eat off my kitchen floors, but I would eat off the counters. I do know that people who come to my house say they feel right at home, and that is the most important thing to me.

I used to have a binder with 26 page protectors in it and two weeks in each one back-to-back. I had broken down the cleaning of my house into 52 weeks, splitting monthly chores among the weeks in a month. It was one of the things I discarded when my house sold. I tried to find the file on my external hard drive to post it here, but I must not have saved it.

One problem with housekeeping lists is everyone's is different. So, I am creating a Comprehensive Housekeeping List so each person can pick and choose to create a customized list for their household. I do do with a list, but mine is more of a recommendation than set in stone. Of course, I carry over those chores that I do not get finished.

My advice: Create a daily list and laminate it to include in a planner. It can be moved depending on the set-up of the particular planner - daily or weekly or monthly spreads. Mine is a week on two pages. I did not work in a job with a lot of meetings, so I never needed daily pages, plus it makes a planner a lot heavier to carry around.

My advice: Create a home maintenance binder separate from a planner. In this binder, place the various forms I have posted in the last couple of weeks -  Menu Planner, Food Record, Grocery List, Insurance Information, and Comprehensive Budget Worksheet. Use a divider for each section and page protectors, as needed.  

Tomorrow, I will have the Comprehensive Housekeeping List and a Contact list prepared, which can be added to the home maintenance binder.


- Amelia