I felt last night’s post was getting a little longer than I would’ve liked, so I decided to wait until today, and this post, to explain the list and schedule we came up with. (And I’m dearly hoping that I’m not trying to add in too much at once.) Also, I’ve posted my lists up on Scribd and have provided links if you would like to download them. They should be available in a Word document.
So here it goes:
So, we’ve made a list of all the task that absolutely had to be done every day in order to keep us from getting yelled at by Mama Soup, and then we divided them up equally between Mr. Soup and I. I have only morning tasks because I’m more of a morning person and Mr. Soup has all the night tasks and two morning tasks. These tasks are:
- Put away the dishes
- Sweep the kitchen
- Walk through the kitchen, living room, downstairs bathroom, Mama Soup’s room, our room, and the hallway to pick things up and put them away.
- Wipe down the kitchen counters, kitchen table, and the coffee table in the living room.
- Make our blankets up and Mama Soup’s bed
- Take out the dog in the morning and in the evening
- Pick up the stairs if the dog has an accident
And then, in the evening after dinner:
- Wash the dishes
- Sweep the kitchen
- Walk through the kitchen, living room, upstairs bathroom, Mama Soup’s room, and our room to pick things up and put them away.
- Wipe down the counters and stove
- Take out the garbage
- Make Mama Soup’s bed.
Yesterday and today, this schedule has seemed to work pretty well so far. Thankfully, though, most of the house has stayed fairly clean because no one spends time anywhere except in their rooms other than on rare occasion.
Mr. Soup and I tend to hibernate in our room, Mama Soup stays in her room watching TV, and Little Soup is usually in his room or Mama Soup’s room on the computer unless we can get him to do his school work, in which case he’s in our room. At least this is how it is since one of the TV’s broke and there is no longer one in the living room.
I posted a picture of our room in my last post and, as you could probably tell, because we spend most of our time in our room, that is one of our major clutter spots. The hallway is another at the moment from the last time we ‘cleaned’ our room. (Meaning, we took everything out of the room and piled everything in boxes, and then started going through boxes. Uh, yeah…Now we have two disasters instead of just one.)
For places that are too cluttered up to be able to actually clean effectively (meaning the hallway for me and our room for both of us), Mr. Soup and I are spending 15 minutes at a time just picking things up if there’s too much to do in a short time. Our goal is to spend no more than 15 minutes picking up a room. So, for example, if picking up our room would take more than 15 minutes, then we set a timer for 15 minutes and stop once the timer goes off in order to work on the next task.
In addition to the daily tasks that we have to do every day, we have certain tasks that are only done sometimes. For instance, vacuuming. The house doesn’t need to be vacuumed every day, so we have it assigned twice a week instead. (Mr. Soup and I thought once a week, or even maybe only once a month was enough, but for some reason Mama Soup insisted that it had to be done at least twice a week. The same with the dusting. We don’t get it, but as long as she stays happy…we all be happier.)
And then here’s the weekly schedule (and yes, we’ve split up the tasks again, but I’ll get to that:
And then this is how we divided the tasks (And, yes I know the names for the days don’t always include everything that’s done on those days
- Monday: Work on paperwork and blogging
- Tuesday: Dust Mama Soup’s and our room
- Wednesday: Run errands and vacuum living room
- Thursday: Wipe down appliances, refrigerator, & cupboards
- Friday: Clean downstairs bathroom and mop kitchen
- Saturday: Dust Mam Soup’s and our room
- Sunday: Shake out the couches and vacuum Mama Soup’s and our room
- Monday: Mop kitchen
- Tuesday: Dust the kitchen and living room
- Wednesday: Run errands
- Thursday:Clean burners and microwave
- Friday: Clean upstairs bathroom
- Saturday: Dust the kitchen and living room
- Sunday: Vacuum the living room, hallway, and stairs
Well, this schedule has been working for now, but tomorrow we add something new. In regards to the blogging and paperwork task for me: I hope to blog every day, but at the bare minimum, Monday is a non-negotiable post. It MUST be done as my weekly task for that day. If I’m able to get it done on other days as well, awesome…but if I’m not, it’s not that big a deal as long as I can truthfully say that I completed my tasks for that week when I do make a post on that Monday.
In other news, the other thing we did yesterday on the way to my dad’s house was develop a project list. Yesterday and today, it was optional, but starting tomorrow it’s required.
The project list is a list of things that we need to get done (for instance, getting rid of clutter) that just doesn’t get done during our daily or weekly tasks. Hence, enter the project list. Every day, we need to pick a task to complete. If it’s a large task, such as cleaning out our closet, then we’ll do it together and it will qualify for both of us, if it’s a normal task, such as organizing a cupboard, then it only qualifies for one person. If it’s a small task, then it only qualifies for one person and must be paired with least one to two more small tasks. ( An example of a small task would be making a phone call or changing a light bulb) The list is separated by room and/or area at the moment (though I should probably eventually sort it out by
So, what do you think? I’d rather start off slower, but things (in our areas and upstairs especially) feel like they are spinning out of control. Something drastic needed to happen and I think this might be it. Here’s for crossing our fingers.