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Welcome to Day 4.
Yesterday we applied the first 2 steps of my ENA formula to reduce your list of chores.
Today let’s finish the process and simplify those household tasks.
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49 thoughts on “Day 4: Chores 2”
The following is our suggested cleaning schedule:
Daily: Kitchen: do the dishes; take out the trash; wipe the counter & stove; Bathroom: wipe bathroom sinks & mirrors; make your bed; vacuum as needed; straighten up your home
Monday Bedroom: dust the furniture; change the bedding; sweep & vacuum; hang up the clothes
Tuesday Living Room: sweep & mop; dust the wood furniture; vacuum cloth furniture to get the debris out in between the cushions; wash the windows; organize your desk; clean out the newspapers, magazines & mail Wednesday Check the ads and create your grocery list. Then go groceries shopping. Shop on a full stomach so you do not get hungry & buy junk food at the checkout counter!
Thursday Bathroom: clean bathroom toilet & bathtub; empty the trash; mop the floor; change the towels; trash expired cosmetics & medicine
Friday Tidy Up: returning items to their proper location & do your laundry
Saturday & Sunday relaxation & socialization time
Monthly: clean baseboards; clean pantry; wipe off light bulbs to save energy bills
Seasonal: clean windows, doors & change the air conditioning filters
Every 3 months: change batteries for all electronics in your home
Every 6 months: clean your fridge; clean your car[s]; flip the bed mattresses; wash your pillows; wash your trash cans; clean & replace vent & furnace filters; clean your fans
Once a year: deep clean your windows; clean your lights & lamps; check expiration dates on foods, cosmetics & medications. Expired items toss. For home owners check for housing & car repairs. De-clutter your paperwork. Update emergency contacts including medical information including diagnoses’ & medications. Update all vital information & legal documents.
good idea to put the list in the open so I can look at. I usually go by “how I fell” what chore I tackle. Maybe this will get me into a groove to check it off and feel accomplished…also see how long it has been since I cleaned something.
Second notice: You are sending me the wrong daily challenge. I purchased the 52 missions for weight loss.
The following is a suggested cleaning schedule:
Daily: do the dishes after each meal; wipe the counter and stove; straighten up your home
Weekly: Monday Grocery shopping; Tuesday dusting and clean mirrors and windows; Wednesday vacuum and mop the tile floors; Thursday clean the bathroom and water plants;
Friday choose and area of your home to de-clutter and organize
Monthly: Week 1 clean your appliances; Week 2 sanitize the bathroom and tub/shower; Week 3 change the bed sheets; Week 4 clean the food out of the refrigerator and sanitize the fridge before putting good food back in
Every 6 months: clean your fridge; clean your car[s]; flip the bed mattresses; wash your pillows; wash your trash cans; replace vent filter; clean your fans
One a year: deep clean your windows; clean your lights
I like Terry’s idea…..I am going to write this down and go over it later….I am a bit over whelmed.
Still negotiating some of the delegation from yesterday but I have automated them. This was one of the habits I have maintained since last year’s programme!
My group has chosen four headings:
1. Daily Chores: morning: make your bed, Kitchen cleanup after breakfast; at night put items back that were used during the day & lay clothes out for tomorrow & shower then clean tub, pet care.
2. Bi-Weekly Chores: Make grocery list and purchase items on a full stomach; laundry
3. Weekly Chores: Vacuum and/or wash the floors
4. Monthly/Seasonal Chores: Dust, sterilize the bathroom, clean kitchen thoroughly, de-wax and wash the floors, clean the window sills and choose one room a month to de-clutter and clean
I reviewed my list from when I first did it and got more realistic re: how often I am likely to do some chores. To make this work for me, I may need to assign dates at the beginning of the month for when I’ll do each group of chores. I usually resist schedules and routines but like the idea of automating them so I don’t waste time or energy thinking about them – and possibly talking myself out of doing them! Didn’t make copies last time but I will so I can check things off and also to have them in front of me in case I have some unexpected free time.
I have a room rotation and daily job that takes care of the daily stuff but this was great for focussing the weekend chores that are harder to pin down 🙂
I think I probably have a problem with the expectations I place on myself, so I have focused on what needs to be done daily (with a few weekly) first. I want to do a bit of a sense check that if the daily chore lists become too overwhelming, then these will need to be adjusted first for the time I choose to allocate to daily chores before I automate the other lists I have begun for weekly, monthly, seasonally and annually. That’s the plan anyway!
It’s easy to expect too much, Amanda. One trick is to have a time limit. Whatever you get done in X minutes is enough. It’s a good way to short-circuit perfectionism.