Mom life is richly rewarding and amazing. It is also extremely hectic and demanding at times. It is important to create systems that make life as easy as possible. That’s why you need a cleaning checklist to stay on top of your home.
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Last week I shared 5 weird items that I haven’t been cleaning like I should. The real question, though, it why. Why aren’t I cleaning these items like I should be? It’s because they aren’t in a convenient list to keep me on track. There are too many things fighting for priority in my mind to keep track of it all mentally.
Put the responsibility on your cleaning checklist and not on your brain. It’s easy to do and will help you tame the stress while staying on top of your home.
You can grab a free printable cleaning checklist in the VIP library or you can make you own handwritten version. Either way you can dominate your domestic responsibilities.
Write It Down
As I said above, there are so many aspects of life you are expected to keep track of that you can’t do it all without help. That help doesn’t have to be people or hired services. Instead, write it down.
Take note of everything you need to clean and how often to clean it. I recommend leaving some blank spaces on your list too, because you will inevitably think of more later. You don’t want to have to create a brand new list to incorporate them.
Make It Reusable
I’m all about saving money and that means making everything I can reusable. A cleaning checklist is no exception. Luckily, there are plenty of easy ways to do this.
- If you have a laminating machine, use it to cover your paper checklist. Then use a dry erase marker to check tasks off daily, weekly, and monthly.
- Another option is to use an old picture frame. Place your list inside the frame instead of a photo. Again, keep a dry erase marker with it to check off completed tasks.
Keep it Convenient
Systems don’t work unless they are convenient. Be sure to put your cleaning checklist somewhere you will see it daily. This can be on your vanity, on the back of a cabinet door, or on the wall in your kitchen. Whichever you choose, make sure it is obvious and convenient for you.
Give Yourself Grace
There are going to be days when you simply cannot bring yourself to clean. That’s okay. Your goal should be improvement, not perfection. On the flip side of that, don’t go a week without cleaning because you don’t feel like it. That is not taking a break, it’s laziness. (Don’t worry, I’m guilty of it too.)
Group Cleaning Supplies
Nothing kills your motivation faster than not being able to locate your supplies. Find a way to group cleaning supplies together so you always know where they are.
Do this in a way that makes sense to you. I like my cleaning supplies organized by room. These upcycled room cleaning buckets are what I use. Maybe your organization style is by supplies type. That’s fine too. The point is to make your cleaning supplies easy to find.
There are so many things vying for brain space, don’t let cleaning tasks be one of them. That is why you need a cleaning checklist. It takes the onus off of your brain and puts it onto the paper.
Now all you have to remember is to look at your cleaning checklist once a day. Isn’t that so much easier than trying to store every chore in your head? Heck yeah it is!
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