I find the hardest thing to do as a stay at home mom is organizing your time. At the end of the day I am always thinking of more I would have liked to get done.
Being a stay at home mom doesn't mean sitting on the couch watching TV and eating chips, like my husband tends to think. My day is spent picking up toys, clothes, and other messes, cleaning, breaking up fights, and trying to keep my girls entertained.
I found myself waking up with a long of list of things to get done and never feeling like I accomplished anything. I spent my day trying to figure out when I last mopped the floors or cleaned the bathroom.
One day I came across a cleaning calendar on pintrest. It was just what I was looking for to organinze my cleaning and time. I had to tweak it of course to better fit my needs. You can check out the orginal calendar at Tips and Pix.
My Cleaning Schedule
Morning: Wipe bathroom sinks and counters
Put dishes away
Do one load of laundry
Evening: Load dishwasher
Hand wash dishes
Wipe kitchen counters and table
Quick sweep/spot clean kitchen floor
Pick up toys
Monday: Vacuum and wash bedding
Tuesday: Mop bathroom floors and tile in basement
Wednesday: Scrub toilets and bath tubs
Thursday: Mop kitchen floors and entry way
Friday: Swing Day
Swing Day Activities:
1. Wipe down furniture and cabinets
2. Scrub oven, microwave, and fridge
3. Wipe down wall, baseboards, and doors
4. Clean laundry room
5. Clean out van
6. Dusting and windows
I have found this schedule to be very effective in actually getting things done. I have a few things to do everyday and since everything gets done each week my house stays fairly clean.
I love the idea of a swing day. There are things that don't need to be done every week and most activities don't take long and I can do more than one. I can also get my kids involved in washing windows, dusting, and wiping things down.