Organization and Domestic Stuff

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So, as you know one of my goals is to work on being a better housewife and all that crap goes along with that :-) I really do want to embrace my mommy and wife role in 2009 like no other time. It truly is a prayer of mine (and to my husband who sometimes reads, YES I do pray for this, so there).

With this, I wanted to find an approach to cleaning and keeping my house the haven I desire it to be, but just in my way so I know I’ll actually keep this goal (remember, all those “SMART” goals, it’s necessary here for me too). And, for all my in-real-life friends STOP your laughing RIGHT NOW! It’s an area I need to work on as you already know! Is anyone getting a sense that I get hassled about this :-)

And, of course, what did the list-maker in me do with all of the information in my head? Well, I put it in excel!

Household Cleaning Task List

This is very broad but it covers the domestic duties for my household. I’m sure most if not all will cross over and be applicable for your household too. I welcome you to utilize this file. Here is an overview of the tabs:

Complete Task List
This is just a listing of all the tasks. If you modify this, you can re-sort it so all your Zones/Rooms are together. And, speaking of Zones. I included this because 1) I wanted to be able to create printer-friendly pages so it was easier for you to print and 2) I personally will be shuffling about doing my work by zone and I’m sure that is just more efficient this way (says me).

And, the Frequency abbreviations are: D-Daily, W-Weekly, M-Monthly, Q-Quarterly. {Yes, they are color coded and I’m very proud of that too!}

Zone Printer Friendly Tabs
I just separated the zones so they each were all printable on one page with the header at the top. I don’t know, maybe it’s the Excel OCD in me but I canNOT stand a page without a header! And, unfortunately google docs for Excel does not have the “Insert Header” function so I worked with what I had (it’s FREE – I’m not complaining).

If you choose to add new zones to your spreadsheet, you may want to simply insert a new tab or however you choose to do it, but at least this gives you a place to start.

Since this is a google doc, be sure to follow the snack I wrote, Using Google Docs, on how to save and print this file. It is “view only” file so edits cannot be made to this file, but you can definitely save it to your personal system and edit to your heart’s desire!

Finally, a great tip I got from FlyLady was to print each page off and put them in a page protector. Then, as you go along with your work, you can mark each task off with a dry erase marker. I am a “marker offer” and I will definitely be doing this. The best part is that can just wipe clean when you’ve accomplished each task to have a fresh slate for the next day/week or whatever. And, I got myself a binder to put all my pages in. I am so excited – I even put a label on it with my new label maker!

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Interested in some great reading materials on domestication and finding your own cleaning style? Here are some great resources to help you do just that:

Simple Mom
This is probably the coolest one I’ve seen yet! I think Tsh has just about everything you would need on here. Since the shared form is in a pdf version, you cannot edit for yourself, but there is an “other” activity section where you could manually write in those varying activities.

FlyLady
I have looked over this site for years but I guess it took a new year to get me motivated to really learn from it! FlyLady is a very good resource for cleaning and keeping things tidy starting with shining your sink each night. While there were several ideas I got from FlyLady, they all aren’t for me but I highly encourage you to check her out because there are some great tips.

Real Simple
But, of course :-) Actually, I saw a tweet from Crystal on this chart and I thought it was worth the mention since it was an interesting read as I developed my own system for cleaning.

Organized Home
I heard about this site from Amy of MomAdvice (who has many great organization methods herself). Just from looking briefly, I can already tell that it will be valuable as I seek new ideas for organizing my home and all that jazz. There is a really good article, “Speed Clean Tips from Cleaning Pros” that is especially interesting and a good challenge to schedule cleaning as a job. This might help me with some much needed motivation (we shall see :-)

Organizing Your Way
This is a new site up and running by my bloggy friend, Mandi. While it is newer, she already has some great information available and future content to surely help with your cleaning and organizational needs. Another great resource for managing my household like a royal palace – because I am striving to be that Domestic Princess, after all.

In all of this, it is my desire to love Lysol, have dreams of Clorox Wipes, and be motivated to get up each day and use all of the stuff that procure so cheaply and be glad doing it…or something like that anyway :-)

by Savings Lifestyle: Andrea on January 15, 2009

14 Comments

  • April - January 15, 2009 @ 11:30 pm
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    Here’s another resource. I found a mom that put together a great great cleaning list that really helps me stay on track. It’s at http://www.motivatedmoms.com/products.html
    If you scroll to the bottom, there are samples to look at. She even has some that include scheduled Bible readings. I’m happy to spend $8 for the entire year if it helps me keep up with the house. I love that she adds things in like cleaning blinds or changing furnace filters every so often in the planner. It also reminds me to water my plants, which I’m horrible about.

  • Crystal @ The Thrifty Mama - January 15, 2009 @ 11:40 pm
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    I’m crackin’ up. You must be Type A. LOL. Thanks for making that up. I’m definitely gonna use it. As always, you rock!

  • Andrea @ Mommy Snacks.net - January 16, 2009 @ 1:41 am
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    @April – thanks for that resource! I love anything that can get me to focus on the Word a little more!! And, I included in waterering plants on my list b/c they are about dead as a lack of NOT doing it :-)

    Crystal – total Type A when it comes to list making, I lack the execution though. Like I said, it really is a prayer for me b/c I loathe it!!

  • Amy - January 16, 2009 @ 2:14 am
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    What a great round-up of organizational tools. I will be anxious to hear how this spreadsheet works for you so you will definitely have to update us.

    I am really proud of you too!! Thank you so much for the sweet mention, I appreciate it!

  • Marcy - January 16, 2009 @ 2:36 am
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    I love this! I too am “domestically challenged”! I have made Excel lists before, but never this pretty. Will have to try some of this out…once I get the weight loss thing under control. Baby steps, right? LOL.

  • Angela - January 16, 2009 @ 2:36 am
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    I am telling your Andrea, routines help. Once you get into the routine, you will be good to go. I’ve figured out once you get the big messy’s cleaned up in a routine, you can add other things in. Well…… at least that is what works with me. You’ll get your schedule down soon!

  • Jamie - January 16, 2009 @ 2:25 pm
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    Totally got a visual of Monica from Friends w/ the label maker! That’s awesome!

    I’m so glad you are doing this, because since we moved over the summer I have stopped all of my routines. I really need some motivation to get back into the swing of housewife-ing! :) Thanks so much for the info!

  • Valerie - January 16, 2009 @ 2:32 pm
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    From one HR person to another…do you also feel the need to flipchart things??? I have to fight the need to do that from my former days as an HR Mgr..;)

    But seriously, when you have a routine it helps when you need to run on autopilot…I find this with my 20mth old around to be so true. There are days when we get the bare routines done, but the peace that comes from just the tiniest accomplishment is very calming!

    Be blessed in your journey! With God all things are possible!

  • ChateauKaufman.com - January 16, 2009 @ 6:24 pm
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    Are we related? :) I just spent Monday making a similar chart. Organizedhome.com is one of my favorites!

  • mom_of2boys - January 16, 2009 @ 6:29 pm
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    I love this post. I’ve been called a “domestic goddess” (and a little anal with my cleaning habits)…LOL. I don’t mind cleaning and start it everyday almost as soon as my feet hit the floor.

    I don’t do daily lists but I do have a weekly cleaning schedule. It’s posted that way everyone knows what room will be off limits for the day (if by chance they choose to be home). Then I have a monthly checklist of things. It’s worked out a lot better since I’ve not been working…everything gets done.

    I use the sheet protectors for the chores that the kids are assigned. They both have their own lists it’s broken down daily, weekly and month for them. They love marking off their items as they do them. It also keeps down on the arguments on what needs to be done and when (they had some input on their chores)…they can clearly see what they have left each day.

  • Mandi - January 17, 2009 @ 10:11 am
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    Thanks so much for the mention, Andrea!!! It sounds like you’re determined to make this work and you’ve got a lot of great resources. Just don’t let yourself get overwhelmed because then you’ll become discouraged and it won’t last!

  • Carrie - March 30, 2009 @ 3:43 am
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    oh I love you!! lol I pretty much suck at cleaning our house and have been trying really hard lately to keep up on stuff.

    I love lists and these will be printed out in the hopes to help me stay on track and get organized.

    Thanks!!

  • Paula - January 06, 2010 @ 8:34 pm
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    Thanks for the info! I’m going to check this out!

  • Jen@Balancing Beauty and Bedlam - January 06, 2010 @ 10:58 pm
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    Ok, I am TOTALLY laughing because I have a post going up that is almost identical..with the big confession that I SO need help in this area (although my readers do already know that) :) I’m even making my own charts, but they definitely will not be as nice as yours because I don’t have a hint of Type A chart making in me. :)

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