If you’re like me, you enjoy having a clean house, but don’t always embrace the work that it takes to get there! There are chores – like vacuuming – that I don’t mind at all, while others – like cleaning the bathroom – make me look for any possible reason to procrastinate!
I finally recognized my weaknesses (at least those related to house cleaning 😉 and found that there were certain tasks that I was always postponing because I dreaded doing them. Then, when I finally got around to the cleaning, it was more difficult since it hadn’t been done for awhile.
I finally created a minimal weekly schedule for attacking my chores and it has been a huge help.
I tackle the main tasks for the day at 8:00 A.M. That is when the girls begin their homeschooling and, since they are pretty good at working independently for the first hour or so, my interruptions are limited. I have found that I enjoy the tasks more if I have the radio or a cd playing while I work. Getting my chores done early in the day gives me a sense of accomplishment and allows me to complete them before other distractions arise. My energy tends to wane by the afternoon, but I still feel good about what I finished in the morning.
You will note that there’s nothing assigned on Thursday; that is the day we are out the door by 9:30 A.M. for art class at a homeschool coop, followed by library time and piano lessons. On Saturdays, I oversee the girls’ chores as they are responsible for cleaning their bedroom, bathroom, and play/school room.
I realize that others may have obligations that cause them to need more flexibility in this area, but I have found that sticking to this schedule works for me. You may still find dust on my ceiling fans, but if you stop by on Monday at 9:00 A.M., you’ll be impressed with how clean the master bathroom is!
Do you have any type of cleaning schedule? How do you motivate yourself to do chores you dislike?
This post is linked to Works for Me Wednesday hosted by We Are THAT Family.