I am not the world’s best housekeeper. I’m just not. I don’t enjoy cleaning (though like anyone else, I enjoy the result), and it’s really hard to stay on top of the dirt generated by a toddler and three pets. Our house is rarely very cluttered, but on any given day there’s probably a layer of dust on the bookshelves and more than a few crumbs on the floor. Last December, after a few months of feeling generally aimless as well as overwhelmed by my house, I read something that has revolutionized my days at home: Money Saving Mom’s post about her homemaking binder.
I went to Target that very afternoon and purchased a plain white 1/2-inch binder. I knew that if I filled my binder with a bunch of fancy pages and information, it would be too much and I wouldn’t use it. So I put together a very simple daily to-do list template in Excel (no more scribbling on index cards!) and printed Money Saving Mom’s blank cleaning schedules.
My cleaning schedules look like this (click to zoom in):
I don’t always follow the schedules exactly, but I know when chores need to be completed and try to stay reasonably up-to-date on them. Every night before bed, I write out my to-do list for the next day while those nagging tasks are still in my head.
I still prefer the “clean the whole house in a couple hours and don’t worry about it the rest of the week” method, but that just isn’t feasible with a toddler around. So in this season, I’ve adopted the “do a little bit every day” method, and it’s working for me.
Do you have a homemaking binder? How do you organize your chores and to-do list?