I have started a new system for my household chores. I literally felt like I was failing in the housekeeping area of my life. Since I don’t LIKE cleaning, I found myself being lazy and basically doing very little to get by.
As I’ve mentioned before, I have really been thinking a lot about the ministry of my home. In turn, I have felt encouraged and convicted to care for it. SO, seeing as though I am the only one who can do something about it, I decided to take responsibility for my actions, and jump into this system. To be honest, these chores which before seemed overwhelming, are actually really manageable. And since I have clear objectives, I can enjoy my non-chore times without feeling like I should be home cleaning. Since I am a very visual person with a mind that quickly jumps from one thing to the next, I have found this to be a really effective way to keep on task.
-I wrote all the household tasks I could think of that are important to me on pieces of paper. Then I separated them into categories (weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, occasionally), and colored coded each card to its category.
-Each week I look at my schedule for the week and try to set realistic chore goals. (For example, this week I was gone/busy with other things most of Monday, so as the picture shows, I didn’t have many chores that day.)
-Once I complete a chore, I remove it from the door and put it inside the pantry. That way, the door (and therefore my week) starts to clear up. Occasionally I look at the column of chores that have built up in the pantry for a reminder of my accomplishments.
-At the end of the night I can close the panty door and enjoy my evening.
Benefits of the system:
*It’s flexible. As my week changes, I can shift chores around.
*I have pre-determined objectives, so I can measure my success, remind myself to stay on task, and work ahead if I want to, knowing that the faster I get through them, the faster I’m done. And since they’re objectives and not mandatory, I give myself the grace to not get around to all of them.
*One more thing. I didn’t include daily chores such as emptying the dishwasher, doing laundry, checking emails, and making the bed, or it would have gotten out of hand. I try to keep things like that relatively tidy and in balance from day to day.