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I have a really inconsistent work schedule, and recently my house has become a complete disaster. I have looked at chore checklists on Pinterest and they all look so intense. I can’t figure out how to fit in some cleaning time with down time, and keep it consistent when my life isn’t consistent! Any ideas for keeping my place livable with a crazy schedule?

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Um, yeah. As I talked about last week, getting shit done is on my radar lately – it’s so hard to find a consistent schedule to fit everything in. But I work full time, 9-5 – I can’t imagine trying to get a routine down when you don’t know when you are going to be working next week.

So I went to our old friend, Emily! She used to be an editor here at MM, and she is still my BFF so I get to make her help us whenever I want. She also works part time and has a nontraditional schedule – but luckily, she has found something that has worked great for her for a few months now.

She made a chore list, like the intense ones you see on Pinterest, but she made one for herself with her life in mind and made it easy and flexible. Check her’s out (Cooper is her dog :)):

Emily’s Weekly Chores

Monday:
  • Grocery shopping
  • Clean out fridge
  • Water plants

Tuesday:

  • Laundry
  • Clean bathroom

Wednesday:

  • Clean glass
  • Dust

Thursday:

  • Vacuum
  • Clean floors
  • Brush Cooper
  • Brush Cooper’s teeth

Everyday:

  • kitchen must be completely clean before going to bed
  • bathroom counter wiped down
  • clothes put away
  • 5 minute clean up to put misc stuff away

 

Some days it’s more than one chore, but those are either my day off or super short tasks that only take a few minutes. Almost everyday is about 1/2 an hour of time (except for Mondays and Thursdays which are my off days). Also I don’t do anything on the weekends other than bigger projects, which is nice to feel like I have weekends off.

I always thought making a schedule for cleaning sounded so stupid, but when I made a simple one of my own I loved it. The nice thing about it is that I didn’t realize how long it had been since I had cleaned something. So for example I would be like “Gawd our floors are so grossss, I just did these!!” And my husband would be like “Yeah… I think we did them like a month ago…” So it’s nice to know how often I do things, and not be guessing.

Also, in a way it calms down the perfectionist in me, because if I’m cleaning the bathroom one day but I’m like eww, the floors are gross, I’ll just tell myself they’re getting done tomorrow and I can wait that long. And sometimes it’ll be the day to do something and I won’t need to clean it… So either I’ll give myself the day off or try to find something else small to do…but usually I take the day off.

 

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I was inspired, so I made one too! I have some other aspects of my schedule in there too – everything is (theoretically) done after work.

Steph’s Weekly Chores

Monday
  • Gym
  • Dust
  • Dishes, wipe down counters in kitchen
  • Boil eggs for breakfast for the week
  • Water plants
Tuesday
  • Blog
  • Clean out fridge
  • Grocery shopping
Wednesday
  • Gym
  • Dishes, wipe down counters in kitchen
  • Clean bathroom
Thursday
Friday
  • Gym
  • Windows or floors (or can do on Saturday/Sunday)

So. Emily has been doing this successfully for a couple of months now, so I have hope – but I am just starting out. I think it will help when Anthony is done working on his PhD recital (!!) so he can get on board with me and help keep us on track.

The thing that I took away from all this is to be realistic, tailor it to your real life, and to change it when necessary. Feel it out, shift things around… the point is to find something that is manageable and doesn’t feel like torture. It’s all about just doing less more often so you’re not taking an entire Saturday to clean your whole disgusting place.

 

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I hope that helps! What do you all think? Do you have a routine or do you just clean when needed?

 

 

 

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