That was a long title, I know. But I’m having a “low energy” day and that is the best I could come up with to convey the importance of having homekeeping routines. There are a myriad of reasons for low energy days–illness (ours or family members), “Princess Time,” staying up late to finish a project, husband snoring all night, you name it. We’ve all been there.
Using my Sidetracked Home Executive card system, I have my homekeeping routines broken down into three levels:
- Absolute minimum~ This is the absolute minimum I can get away with doing and still feel satisfied that my home is neat, tidy, and I won’t be mortified if George Clooney stopped by for a quick cup of coffee (Note to self: Learn how to make coffee). Here is a rule to keep in mind about absolute minimum: You cannot do this level for more than two weeks in a row except in extreme circumstances. The absolute minimum takes me about 10 minutes to complete and is perfect for low energy days.
- Regular homekeeping~This is my regular deep cleaning routine for the room. For new readers, you should know that my routine is to deep clean one room a day. By focusing on one room per day, the whole house gets clean in a week and I’m not worn out and grumpy from trying to clean it top to bottom in a day. My regular homekeeping routine takes about 30-40 minutes to complete. Since I block out an hour for regular homekeeping, I can use the rest of the time for “other stuff” (usually from my “heavy duty” cards) in the room. Note, that I often do my regular homekeeping in 15 minute increments. Wearing an apron to protect my clothes. It somehow seems easier to find 15 minute blocks of time than it is to set aside a whole hour(!) at once.
- Heavy duty stuff~This the homekeeping that doesn’t have to be done every week but if I don’t remind myself to do it, it will never get done and I won’t notice it until George Clooney stops by for a cup of coffee. This would be the stuff like cleaning the carpets or the utensil drawer or vacuuming the back of the fridge so that it works more efficiently (You just know that I’d need help moving the fridge to get a stray bird that flew into the house from out behind it or something like that if he was here).
To keep me on track, I write the date on the regular homekeeping cards if I skipped the task due to a low energy day or the date that I last completed the task on the heavy duty homemaking cards.
What are some tricks you have to stay on track, even on low energy days?
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