We’re learning how to clean! After you’ve gathered the supplies which I talked about last week, you’ll need to create your own index card tickler system. This the the foundation of your cleaning system. you’ll need to develop activity lists for every room in your house. Sidetracked Home Executives has detailed activity lists at the end of their book. But each home, and home manager, has different needs and methods for working. So you can easily develop these activity lists on your own if you want. Other options include doing a search on the internet for sample lists of cleaning tasks. You can also print out my free weekly cleaning checklist which will help you develop your cleaning lists for every room of the house, visit their website and do a search for ‘cleaning lists.’
Determine the Frequency of Each Activity
After you go through your house and create these lists (or use my pre-created cleaning list), determine the frequency of each activity. I try to hit the areas of my home listed on the printable weekly. For example, washing dishes is a daily task (hopefully!) but wiping down the baseboards in the kitchen may be a monthly, every other month or quarterly activity. Here are the frequency categories that the S.H.E. program outlines in their book:
D – Daily
EOD – Every Other Day
2/W – Twice a Week
EOW – Every Other Week
M – Monthly
EOM – Every Other Month
S – Seasonally
2/Y – Twice a Year
Y – Yearly
Any others you can think of, such as Q – Quarterly OR you may label your jobs with specific days of the week
Also, you don’t have to use all these categories, customize them to fit the needs of your home.
One more thing: put down how often you WANT to do each task, not how often you are doing them now.
On Friday, we’ll talk about activity lists for the personal areas of your life.