Saturday, June 11, 2011

Moving Beyond Survival Mode in terms of Housekeeping

Yesterday, I shared how I manage the housekeeping when I am totally overwhelmed and exhausted. Click here if you missed that post. Today, I wanted to share my tips #4 and #5, which I only do if #1, #2, and #3 have been done (those are the tips I posted yesterday).

If I have any energy left for anything more, I move onto my tips #4 and #5:

4. 15 minutes. . you can do anything for 15 minutes. I learned this from Flylady. You set the timer for 15 minutes and work as fast and as hard as you can on the area that needs it most. If you have preschoolers or older kids, have them join you. When the timer beeps, you are done and you are to sit on the couch and rest. Or is you have kiddos, gather them and read a book.
5. Most Important Tasks of the Day. I write these down. #1 is laundry. #2 is kitchen, which includes knowing what is for dinner. These 2 points I shared yesterday. #3 is what else I would like to accomplish. Just one more thing for today. Yesterday, my #3 was to call and make a doctor's appt for our newest son.

Sure would love for you to shoot me an email or leave a comment and tell me how you manage house cleaning when you are in a crazy and chaotic season of life. Or tell me what are some of your favorite blogs or books on the subject. One of my favorite blogs on housekeeping is Like Mother, Like Daughter.


  1. I read the book "Total Mom Makeover" by Hannah Keeley. It gives some great organization and house keeping pointers/short cuts. Such as cleaning in Zones, breaking the house into 4 zones and you tackle one zone/week. Example: Zone 3-Bathrooms Mon: clean tub Tue: Scrub toilets Wed: Wash rugs...etc. That seems a bit more manageable than attempting to fit in two bathroom cleanings, top to bottom, in one swoop.

  2. Thank you so much! I am setting my timer to 15minutes right now! :)

  3. I have taught my kids to do what we call "Friday Chores" (even though they often happen on Sat. these days!) They are the once a week cleaning chores: sweeping, cleaning baths, cleaning glass, vacuuming, dusting, etc. I have 5 kids but only 2 at home now to help. They can do it on their own, though I still check behind them sometimes to make sure they're really working! Since we homeschool we have to live in the mess and I think it's an important skill for my kiddos to have. (PS Three of ours are adopted.)


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