Honestly, as I’m sitting here writing this post I feel like a sham! I’m so far behind today it’s not even funny – and I’m even further it seems from being prepared than I was yesterday!
Ever feel like that? One step forward, 3 steps back?
I know it’s an attack to try to persuade me to give up. To throw in the towel. “It’s not worth it. You’ll never get anywhere. You always fail,” the lying voice inside me says over and over.
But I’m not going to give up – I may not be where I would like to be today, but I’m not where I was, and I know where I’m going!
So despite the fact that my follow-through hasn’t been so good today, and that I feel totally unprepared to discuss this topic – I’m going to anyway!
Getting Prepared means having a plan – one that works for you!
I’ve tried several different methods of creating a plan for my household cleaning chores – all which work for a while, but eventually fail. But I’ve grown through each of these attempts, and I’m learning more about myself in the process. And guess what – it may have been in teeny tiny baby steps but I have gotten better at keeping my house cleaned up!
Here’s what I’ve learned:
- there’s isn’t a one-size-fits all plan for everybody (in anything!)
- start with the things that are bugging you first (that will help keep you motivated to keep going)
- give yourself a break now and then
- avoid perfectionism (I’ll blog about this at a later date!)
- Most Important: Think through the eternal over the day-to-day (ex.: If your husband or child needs some time – give it to them over having your laundry done for the day – or better yet, have them do it with you, if possible!)
Planning is a Work in Progress
If you’re like me planning is an overwhelming process at times. I can make a to-do a mile long – and a week later pitch it, because for every item I cross off, I think of 2 more I need to add!
I love the advice in Tell Your Time by Amy Lynn Andrews. It suggests planning by looking at your roles in life (i.e. Housewife) and asking what type of person you want to be in that role. So for my role as Housewife, I would look say something like this:
I want to be a Housewife with a reasonably clean and orderly house – one that is functional and neat, but lived in and cozy.
She next recommends taking a look at what I need to do to make this a reality:
- Stay on top of laundry (i.e. “a load a day keeps chaos away” Flylady)
- Run & Empty the dishwasher Daily
- Vacuum Living Room Daily
- Wipe down kitchen & bathroom Daily
- Pick up Clutter Daily
- Make bed daily
- Dust Weekly
- Vacuum/Mop Whole House Weekly
- Scrub Kitchen & Bathroom Weekly
- Declutter/Organize Regularly
All of these things will keep my house in reasonable shape – but I actually must do them!
This is often where I fall down in my planning. I don’t leave myself ample time and energy to actually get them done. Of everything in my life house cleaning is what I’m the worst at doing! I hate it, and I often will find myself doing everything but! I’ve tried various methods as I mentioned earlier (a control journal, doing one thing daily, checklists, post-it notes), but without my commitment to actually do them, I fizzle out after while.
I’ve found however, that the routines I created during these times have stuck with me, and help me to keep things at least half-way decent even on my bad days. (A great example of this is that it is really hard for me to get dressed in the morning without making my bed – it just feels weird!) There’s a lot of room for me to grow in all areas of my life – but I’ve found that creating and sticking to my routines has helped me at least keep some semblance of cleanliness and order in my house. (I plan to blog about this in the future too!)
Currently, I’m using the Flylady app for my phone. It’s really helped me improve getting stuff done in my household, as my daily routines are right there on my phone which is always with me! I often have this feeling, that I’m forgetting to do something, and this makes it super easy to stop what I’m doing right away and look.
That said, I’m working on getting a routine established enough that I don’t have to think too much about it. But the app is helping my mommy-brain to do that. Establishing routines is like learning anything else new you need to do it over and over. Eventually you don’t have to think about what you are doing any more – you just do it!
I’m also currently working through Tell Your Time, for helping me to schedule my time better. As much as we’d like to have more, we each only get 24 hours – so I want to make the best of mine! Especially for Naomi! This book has been a great help already for me and is a quick and easy read (less than 30 pages), and at $2.99 it’s worth every penny!
I’ll share more about my schedule on Friday!
Leave me a Comment & let me know what has worked for you in creating a plan!
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Photo is my beautiful daughter Naomi at 8 days old! Hard to believe 2013 is already HALF over!