Good Morning Readers,
It's a fantastic Wednesday at EHA. The boys are working away on their lessons and SweetPea is tracing her B's, coloring, and practicing letter sounds online. They are starting the school year off great and I know that they are safe.
But I am struggling with something.
Let's be honest. Our home has become neglected. We "try" to keep up with it, but it just doesn't feel clean sometimes. Yes, it's lived in, and happiness is certainly here. But I cannot continue to allow this. Our 'chore' list became the 'chaos' list. Dad became overwhelmed and just said to heck with it. Now, with my classes starting back next week, I fear it will be all down hill.
I started thinking about how I would ever manage to deep clean the house and continue my classes, while homeschooling the little ones, helping KR with college work and KE with high school work, all while managing appointments, field trips, meetings, etc.
So I did what I could to put on my thinking cap. I brewed a cup of chamomile tea and took out a pencil and piece of paper. I made a list of the things that really bother me about the 'unclean' feeling in the house. I concluded with a list of things I would personally be able to do, and a list of things that I would need help with. After much thought, I devised a Deep clean list that I will use each day of the week, with the more intense rooms on the days I have no classes of my own, and on days when the homeschool lessons are lighter than usual. I thought about my average week to determine which rooms I spend the most time and on what days that time is spent.
Because Monday's are the busiest day for us, I chose the kitchen. I am usually in the kitchen after breakfast and really am not truly done with it until after dinner. Since I am in there cooking and planning meals for the week, I chose Monday.
I chose to do the bedrooms on Saturday, because we have four of them. Granted, it will be an all day task at first, while I get things organized and uncluttered. But after the initial cleaning, it should go much more smoothly. I also chose Saturday for this job because the kids will be home and can assist with the job - especially if they want to hang on to something that is left out!
Sundays are typically spent relaxing in the house or going on an outing. Yes, we believe in God, no we do not attend church. We learn God's word by reading it! But for our family, idle hands are not good - so I'll be cleaning the bathrooms!
The other days I filled in as necessary to make certain I have a room to do each day. We do have a living/dining combo, so I split those up. The hall is long and filled with closet space, so I made a day especially for it as well. Because the laundry room is connected to the kitchen, I will also do it on the days I do the kitchen.
This already feels like a plan! A plan to have a clean house. Not immaculate, but certainly the mental acknowledgement of "I know it's clean because I cleaned it" feeling.
I addition, I also created a check list for the classroom. Because sometimes, we leave in a hurry, we don't always get things prepped for the next day the way we should. I want to instill a sense of order in the classroom and a "job" list doesn't seem to work. So I established a check list with some hot spot issues for each day, and one for the end of the week. I used to find myself in the classroom on a Saturday afternoon cleaning up, tidying, and putting things away. This added to my stress. Now, I know it will be finished when I leave on Friday and should I need to come into the classroom, I will be able to walk right back out knowing I do not need to do anything for Monday until Monday.
I'm attaching both of the documents here. Feel free to use them as is, or incorporate ideas from them to create you own Cleaning List.
On behalf of Super Mom's Everywhere!
Until next time,
Welcome! My name is LaVonda. I am the wife of Rodney, the mom of 5 remarkable kids (well, 2 are adults now), an avid homeschooler, blogger, and graduate student. I am blessed with the ability to spend my time sharing our homeschool and life experiences with you. It is my hope to provide you with motivation, ideas, and some candid stress-relief through my blog - Mom's Scribe! Grab a cup of coffee, sit on down, and make yourself at home!