After a chaotic winter period it was clear to me, that in order to get my shit together, I needed to start with the house. De cluttering is one thing, but you still have to stay on top of the house at the same time. I know that in previous attempts of decluttering I have spent hours sitting on the floor of a room surrounded by shit I own. Piling, asking if it's joyful, black bagging, cramming stuff into drawers etc. Then a few hours later I'll emerge tired and frustrated, only to be faced by a house that has been Kid-ed while my back was turned. So before the decluttering can begin this time round, I wanted to establish a new Cleaning Schedule. This is how I did it.
I started by considering 2 things. What result would bring me the most happiness daily, and how much time I had available to do it.
In order for me to feel content with daily chores I want the living room to be tidy, the hall to be clear of stuff (washing piles and toys), the kitchen to be clean and to be able to see the carpet in the kids room come bedtime. I also want the house to smell good! Plus 1 load of washing.
Time wise I'm free most mornings directly after the school run, and most afternoons after the kids are home from school.
I figured out how to fit my daily chores into those 2 time frames. In the morning after the school run I would start by lighting my scent warmers, then do the Living room, Hall and Kitchen. Small quick tidies. Pick up things the kids have dropped during the morning rush, tidy up sofa cushions and blankets. Pick up anything dropped in the hall. Wash up from breakfast, wipe down sides, sweep all floors (vac living room if it needs it) and then wipe radiators with something that smells nice (fabric conditioner and water mix - iron water - zoflora). Approx 5 minutes per downstairs room turned out to be enough to improve my mood at the start of every day.
In the evening after the school run I would just maintain what I had achieved downstairs, in between mum type tasks (spellings, homework, dinner etc) till kids bedtime. Half hour before story time I took the washing upstairs to the kids rooms. They pick up anything on their floor, while I put away the washing to be hung, and pile other washing for them to put into drawers. Then it's pjs, story and sleep.
Thats how it began. As simple as that.
I did that for 2 weeks and felt loads better. When you live with depression, or any other illness which prevents you finding the motivation you need to complete simple daily chores, it can feel life changing to find a method that makes you feel functional again.
I decided it was time to introduce a schedule to deal with a more in-depth clean Monday - Friday. I kept it simple again.
Monday - Bathrooms
Tuesday - Bedrooms
Wednesday - Kitchen and Utility
Thursday - Living room
Friday - Stairs / Desk / Washing
Saturday/Sunday - whatever needs doing or nothing ;)
Then I broke those down into tasks for each room.
I only started this last week but it has worked well and I'm hoping that I'll be able to keep it up. Even though its now Half Term! Which doesn't usually go hand in hand with a tidy house.
I also currently have a skip so I need to fit in some extra chores this week to go through some problem areas and begin to fill the skip. The garden, the utility room and HELL Cupboard being the problem areas. So I'll see how that goes!
Obviously if you have a partner at home then you should be delegating chores. Think about the tim