May: Set up a Routine

Step 1: Declutter the whole house

So, last month our community hosted a neighborhood garage sale and it was a GREAT excuse and created a limited time table for us to quickly go through the house and declutter. It was awesome!! However, we did not have too much time to reorganize or find places for everything. PLUS last week we had a slight water leak in our basement and so now that part of our storage area is chaotic.

Step 2: Set up a RoutineChore Checklist Widget

I’ve decided to go all digital. I’ve tried various apps, but for this time I’ve decided to go with Chore Checklist. I’ve never used it before, but I’ve set everything up and I think it’s going to work well. It’s very versatile and only $1.50 for the full version.

The free version looked really good too – it just doesn’t come with a widget!!

Establish a Daily Routine:

I’m trying to keep the daily routine rather simple and as short of a list as I can. It includes:

  • Bible study
  • Empty dishwasher
  • Cloth diapers/Laundry
  • 15 min pick up of main living areas
  • Put away clothes
  • Review handwritten to do list (I’m never going to be able to quit the habit of writing lists of things to do on scraps of paper, so I might as well incorporate it into the app list – right?)
  • Dinner/Meal prep
  • Wipe off counters and cooktop
  • Take out trash and recycling
  • Wash dishes

Weekly Routine:















Step 3: Stick with it and Make Changes!!

I have a huge list under monthly routine, which I haven’t set specific dates for yet. I’m going to just check them off as I do them and see about how often I get to them. I’m going to go through a week of the daily and weekly tasks and see how I do on those. I’ll report back here next week!

What is your cleaning routine? Are you in the midst of decluttering or spring cleaning?

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