I’ve been obsessed with finding the perfect cleaning routine, one that will change the way I housekeep forever, one that will change my life, my families life, will give me more time to do the things I love! I want a super clean, sparkly, fresh home that makes you just want to take in a deep breath of that lemon scent and put your arms out and spin.
What I have now are cobwebs I notice when I have no broom nearby, filthy baseboards I notice when in the middle of another duty, dead flies in my window sill from last summer…you get the point.
I watch all these damn Flylady videos with her team showing us how to clean…but they don’t. She doesn’t. They sit there and drone on about it and I want to see this formula at work. I want to see these ladies busting their humps. I watched five videos and still only have a morning and before bed routine and the classic old timer trick I’ve used for years.
I have to say, since I started faithfully going back to my night time and morning routines, it’s much easier to keep up. But where are the heavy duty details? Where is the vlog of Flylady on her knees scrubbing baseboards?
I read an article on the 1950’s housewife routine. Three hours in the morning. That could really get you caught up and be more than enough time to bang out another project like reupholstering a chair or building a shed out back.
There is another way to go to get super organized for the whole year; The Sidetracked Home Executives by Pam Jones and Peggy Young. This involves index cards. Not interested, but Grannie loves this system and has set up two family members. She swears by it for running an efficient home. It just sounds like there are a lot of cards involved.
I did receive a used calendar scheduler and at first, just shoved it in a drawer, but I have since brought it out and with colorful pens and white out, made a monthly schedule. I have an activity on each day of the week.
It seems people are getting as complicated and obsessed with scheduling housework as they are with these fab diets. “Oh, I only eat meat now, I’m Keto…yes, and I only mop on Tuesday, it’s my new Flylady routine.” (This is only my impression, I’m no fan of Keto nor am I enamored with Flylady or S.H.E., too much thinking, and work).
I feel like acting out.
I tell you what works for me. Getting a housecleaning lady. Yes, that is the solution, but we are on a mission to save money and that doesn’t seem to be in the budget these days.
Well, what has been working is this simple routine; I do have the calendar book to keep me on track and not forget things like appointments with the eldest child’s homeschool teacher. I do a night routine that really makes my mornings pleasant because the kitchen is clean and tidy, the house is tidy, the table washed, and then I have a quick morning routine of making beds, cooking breakfast, brewing coffee, checking my schedule for the day. This is a Flylady thing. But she suggests dressing to the shoes and that irks me as shoes are the filthiest things you could wear in your home. We are a no shoe house.
I then take an hour to do house cleaning daily (I do set the timer…and brew coffee). An hour a day becomes a lot as you catch up. I have other things I do such as clean the bathroom when the boys are bathing, or wash dishes as I wait for the dinner to cook. To keep the home smelling good I turn on my wax scent warmer now and then or simmer cinnamon and cloves in water on the back stove.
Then there is shopping and cooking. I’ve decided to shop only every two weeks. One big shop for the month and then mid-month for some fresh produce and soy milk. I’ve also incorporated one day of meal prep, every Sunday. This will involve making a month of menus.
Obsessing about cleaning and having to shop and cook constantly is what wears down the homemaker. Making it easy and streamlined will change your life and free it up for hiking, gardening, writing a hit novel, enjoying the children.
Here are some vlogs that helped me so much and were so inspiring to watch on food prep. One is for all food and one is more vegan. You will love them both.