Real life story to begin this post: the other night I went at a friend’s place, to spend sometime together doing nothing and drinking beer.
The obvious result, if you put three girls in a room with time, space and beer, is only one: a flow of words.
So, talking and chatting, we got to the “house chores” issue, said friend and house owner just moved in from a small apartment in the city to her “dreamhouse” just outside the city, consequently she has a lot more space, a lot more rooms… and a lot more chores to do!
While she was enlighting us with her discovery “I made a checklist for every room, so instead of doing all the floors in one day, I do one room at a time and I’ll keep it up”, I was nodding, because I’ve recently realized this big housekeeping secret: making a room a day is quicker, easier, keeps the house more tidy, you don’t get as tired and most of all is way more satisfying.
How comes? Because what good is it to have shiny floors everywhere if every room is a mess? I think it’s better to have a splendid bathroom and a bed still to make… isn’t it? But most of all it’s a bigger satisfaction because when you’re done with the room you look behind you and everything’s perfect.
So, since I was in a organizing-fever (we’re slowly finishing up some house-works, therefore we have buckets of paint, masking tape and so on scattered all around), I printed myself an excel table, every column is for a room, every room has a list, to follow the principle that says it’s much better to brake up to do things in smaller steps, so that you have an idea where to start, so that you don’t panic and so that everything seems easier, beneath every room, in the table, there are days… I have 5 rooms, so if I start on monday for the first, tuesday will be the second, and so on, rotating… in the end if all goes well I’ll be cleaning up every room twice a week, which is, if you think about it, more often and lighter than “saturday morning I’ll clean ALLLLL the house” :).
What about you? Do you have checklists? Housekeeping tips and tricks? Secrets to undisclose?
Tell us! Tell us!
For those of you who are already worrying, please know that Mr Faun helps me, without complaining. But since I’m home now, I’m organizing myself
If you really have no clue, or you feel you need a support group or you think that sharing chores -even though it’s only virtually- can help, there is Flylady an online, free, mailing list service, that helps you organize and do housekeeping chores, a little at a time, everyday.