I have quite a bit of graphic hatred towards cleaning.
I'm a Stay at Home Mom that has many jobs...one is to keep the house clean (just like every other stay at home mom, unless you have a cleaning service, then I hate you.)
This is a crappy job.
I suck at it. So, in my attempts to become better at my "job", I've been doing some research.
I've tried SO many techniques to keep me on track.
I did www.motivatedmoms.com which was a great program, but only a year long and costs $8 per year. Not a huge expense, but I didn't want to purchase something again. Plus, it seemed like a huge waste of paper and I kept losing the binder I kept it in.
I made my own, based on that one and researching Pinterest.com. I even bought a dry erase board and label maker. It's very professional. But very ignorable.
It worked OK, when I would notice it, but sucked up some serious time. I rarely had any time to spend with my kids. All I did was clean like a crazy person. I tried to schedule times I was going to clean, but it never really worked out. The kids would start screaming, or they wouldn't nap that day, or it was a perfect day out and we needed to be out playing in it. I just can't seem to get the things done that I need to. I tried spreading it out but that didn't work either. I have to scrub my toilets every day. If I don't, it looks like...well, like crap. My 5 year old doesn't believe in flushing.
THEN I found "Speed" Cleaning online. http://www.somewhatsimple.com/speed-cleaning-101/
Worked like a charm. Except that it is just a simple cleaning and not a deep clean. My house hasn't been dusted in months. And it doesn't offer some of the more sporatic cleaning that the Motivated Moms offered, things that you wouldn't get to everyday but still need to be considered. For example: Pick a clutter spot and clean for 30 mins. That was a helpful item and they put it in there about twice a month. If you have seen my house, the entire thing is a clutter spot.
I'm not quite sure how to combine everything together. Or to get what I need done without eating up all my time away from the kids. Pretty soon they won't be taking naps and I won't have that time to use for cleaning.
I should alternate and do more serious cleaning one day and speed cleaning the others...or save the serious cleaning for the weekend when Jalon is home and do speed cleaning during the week.
There are so many items on the cleaning list that I'm not sure what's important or how often to do them. Like washing my shower curtain? (Do people actually do this? It's near the shower...isn't that enough?) I also hate wiping down my blinds. And I would rather eat paint chips than clean out my closets, but I should add it to the list at some point.
Is there a secret I'm missing? My house isn't bad, but it could be better.
Help is needed.
And thank you.