My Routine Update + Cleaning Routine Addition
My Routine: Pilot Status Check
So far, so good! I loved having the routine as my guide; I felt like I got so much done today, and still had fun time to enjoy with Annabel. Even though I do love sleeping in, it actually felt so much better to get up early and have time to myself. It was so relaxing! Who knew?? Maybe the best part: I was able to drink an entire mug of coffee. Without interruption. Le sigh.
I didn't do everything in the exact order of my routine, but as Crystal from MoneySavingMom.com says, that is OK! And it's the reason why it's a routine and not a schedule.
This morning I was thinking about this whole effort: researching, testing, and implementing a new routine. And the fact that it probably sounds silly to some people, because sometimes I think it's silly. Shouldn't I be able to just know what to do when?! Is this a whole lot of work for nothing??
But then I remind myself of the same thing I wrong about in my post on 27 April; I tend to overwhelm myself with the amount of things I want to get done. If I only have a mental to-do list, my brain kicks into overdrive and my stress levels shoot through the roof!
Also, in my corporate work life I loved having a list of things to do, because nothing feels better than crossing something off that list. And thanks to the test run today, I now know the same holds true for my stay-at-home life! I loved crossing things off my routine as I got them done.
The pilot continues...
Meanwhile, yesterday I decided that I'd start mocking up a cleaning routine as well. Which reminded me of a great blog I found while Pinteresting (is that a real word yet?) months ago. And specifically, of a cleaning routine idea on said blog.
Said blog is iHeart Organizing, which I have yet to explore in detail. But I can attest to the fact that her Cleaning Routine idea is great. It's exactly the kind of cleaning routine style I like, with daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, and annual cleaning tasks to check off. I decided not to use her exact list, but instead used it as a starting point and then edited it a bit. I'm guessing it'll be edited even more as I put it to use!
Here are my tasks so far. I decided to start with weekly, monthly, and quarterly:
|Weekly cleaning tasks||Monthly cleaning tasks||Quarterly cleaning tasks|
Crystal from MoneySavingMom.com bravely posts what she gets done per day, so maybe I will too?? I'm feeling pretty brave today anyway, so here 'tis:
6:00 Wake up time – Em Shower, get dressed Coffee Start a load of laundry Make Zach's lunch (N/A) 7:15 Wake up time – Annabel (8:15) 8:00 Breakfast Switch laundry to dryer Fun time!
11:00 Lunch – Annabel Fold laundry 11:30 Nap – Annabel (12:15) 12:00 Lunch – Em Clean up kitchen Straighten bathrooms & bedrooms Cleaning task 2:00 Wake up – Annabel Fun time!
5:30 Dinner Clean up kitchen 7:30 Bed time – Annabel
- 10-minute house pickup
- Scoop kitty litter
- 10:00 Bed time – Em
For my cleaning task time slot, I was able to cross off FOUR weekly cleaning tasks! Yeah, I'm still in the overexuberant stage.
Wipe bathroom sinks/counters Wash sheets Wash towels
We'll see how the rest of the week goes!!
Now I'm off to do the 10-minute house pickup, kitty litter scoopin', then a good book is calling my name...