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The Ultimate Clean House Schedule

Updated on December 13, 2014

Daily, weekly, and monthly chore charts for easier house cleaning

Cleaning the house is a daunting task. I don't care how many 'labour-saving devices' you have around the home, they don't really save much in the way of your labour. To keep the monster mess under control, you have to be organised.

I hated to wake up and look around the house and see all the chores that I had to do. No matter what I did, they never seemed to get any better! Until one morning when I knuckled down and made a schedule. Let me share it with you.

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The Everyday Chores

Tasks to get accomplished everyday

List of things that you should attempt to do everyday.

Wash the dishes Got a dishwasher? With a family, that's a load a day. If you are single or a couple, you may have less. Don't run a load everyday if the dishwasher isn't full. It wastes water and costs you money. I've never had a dishwasher, water is precious where I live and I soak the breakfast and lunch dishes until it's time to prepare the evening meal.

  • Have only one plate, bowl, mug and set of crockery for each person. Keep the rest in the cupboard. The more you have out close to hand, the more you use, the more you have to wash.

Make your bed Making your bed takes only a minute. Put the kettle or coffee pot on while you're doing it. A made bed is a great motivator to get the other stuff done.

  • Get a doona bag cover for every bed. A doona bed cover is like a quilt, but also different from a quilt, eiderdown or duvet because it has a removable, washable cover. Can't get a doona where you live? Run up some covers yourself from washable fabrics.

Casual picking up If you have small children, get baskets so they can always put their toys in them. It's everyone's responsibility to pick up their stuff before eating, before they go outside and before they go to bed..

  • Pick up your own stuff! When you finish an activity, put the items away. Do it now. If you walk by a bowl on the counter, pick it up immediately.. Don't procrastinate.

Laundry Dirty clothes don't wash themselves. Laundry will never get done if you let it pile up. Thank heavens for washing machines! A load can run while you sweep the kitchen floor and whisk the carpet sweeper over the living areas.

  • Fold finished laundry as you take your afternoon break or watch the news in the evening. Put the dried clothes away! This has always been my failing - I leave the clean clothes and towels in (neatly folded) piles all over the place. I have to force myself to put them away.

Quick and easy cover for your duvet

Easy instructions to quickly run up a cover on your doona. In these instructions, the doona is referred to as a duvet, Where I live, a duvet doesn't have a removable cover but you could still make a cover as protection against grubbiness.

Sewing a quick duvet cover

Use some sheets - you can buy bright sheets, or sheets in any design.

Weekly House Cleaning Tasks

Chores to do every week

These things should be done weekly. Pick the same day every week for each chore. Don't try to do it all in one day. That's a sure fire way to get overwhelmed.

1. Clean the floors Vacuum and mop on the same day. Pick a day or time when you have the least foot traffic at home...nap time or when the kids are at school. If you work all week, have the kids go outside or have a spouse take them to the park and get it done. Don't forget the kitchen and bathroom floors and shake out all rugs and mats.

2. Wash the sheets This is included in your laundry schedule so it shouldn't be hard to keep up with. Make sure you do it early in the day so you have time to get the linens back on the beds before bedtime.

3. Scrub down the bathrooms This should include, scrubbing the tub, shower, toilet, counter, and mirror. Put cleaner in the toilet and let it sit while you clean the rest. Don't forget to disinfect the trash can.

4. Wash the windows The best way to clean glass and not leave streaks is Windex and a clean tea owel (kitchen towel), not a paper towel. Trust me on this. Try it.

5. Dust Don't forget to dust the fan blades, air vents, corners, mouldings, and shelves.

6. Clean the kitchen Disinfect the counters, wipe down the frig and your appliances on the outside. Clean the stovetop and microwave. Fill up the sink with bleach and let it soak for a few hours..

That's six chores for six days. If you spread them out, it's not too bad. And you have one day free!

Monthly Tasks

Try get get these chores done each month

These tasks get harder to remember because you don't do them all the time. A good way to remember is by putting them in your phone date book or personal google calendar.

Clean out the refrigerator. Do this once a month on the same day that you do your kitchen spot cleaning and get it done with. Another monthly task is cleaning the front of your cabinets. You can add this in as well.

Vacuum your couch Yes, I mean lift up the cushions and clean it out. You never know what you will find. My couch cushions unzip so I take this time to wash them. My couch looks brand new every month.

Clean your stove Another hateful job! Give the oven a cleanout and use scourers on the stovetop, Once a month will keep your stove respectable - and safe.

Spot clean your walls Go and check for fingerprints. Around doors is always the grubbiest.

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Quarterly projects

Do these tasks every few months

You can set these in your datebook or phone also.

1. Clean exterior doors and sweep patio.

2. Wash your curtains and blinds.

3 Clean all the baseboards.

4. Clean out the closets. (i have to whip myself to do this)

Housework is something you do that nobody notices until you don't do it

What works for me

Let me state frankly that I hate housework! It's an endless, thankless job and, after thirty years of sweeping, scrubbing and scouring, I've come to deeply resent the intrusion on my time. I treat it like a job. Now that the children have grown, I can set my own start time and meal-breaks - and what in Australia we call a smoko, a ten minute complete break outside.

.My aim is to get through the work as quickly as possible

My Kitchen Timer :. I set the timer for 20 minutes and hurry to get the chore finished in that time. (Sometimes I have to set it twice but then I know I'm halfway through!)

Music: I have my favourite albums playing when I set myself to a cleaning task.

Congratulate myself : I tick off the chores when I've done them - and give myself a big pat on the back.

Keeping your Chores under Control

You can get some Expert Decluttering Help from Lorie Marrero

This job is endless

All of these chores are just the beginning of a mother's job.

This doesn't even cover taking the kids to school, appointments, music lessons, football practice, paying the bills, shopping for groceries, cooking dinner, bath time, story time, feeding the animals and cleaning litter boxes, much less finding time for gardening.

If you can get yourself organised, your days will be so much smoother.

Getting started is hard but if you stick to your schedule, you'll find time for yourself. You deserve it.

**Special Note***

To all the working mothers of the world out there...I tip my hat to you. You are my heroes. I don't know if I could ever handle all that again.

Worst Chore Ever

What is your least favorite chore?

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© 2009 Susanna Duffy

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    • OUTFOXprevention1 profile image

      OUTFOXprevention1 4 years ago

      I need to get on a schedule. Thanks for sharing the ideas.

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      Frischy 4 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      I love the Clutter Diet lady! She always makes it seem doable. The hardest thing for me to overcome is procrastination. There are so many things I would rather do than clean the house. Boring!!!

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      AlleyCatLane 4 years ago

      I hate housework too. You have given a lot of great tips. Have you seen Flylady's site on the Internet? It really helped me get a handle on things and declutter. She would agree with a lot of your advice.

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      Merry Citarella 4 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Great lens, thanks for sharing it. Enjoyed the photos so much too! Have to go start my list now.

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      Nightcat 4 years ago

      Had to stop by for a much-needed break. I'm doing massive winter cleaning right now with record low temps, but I am for a spotless home by Spring! :)

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      mettamia 4 years ago

      The 'Worst Chore Ever' quiz made me smile - so hard to choose which chore is the worst! I really like the retro photographs too! Great lens!

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      VictoriaHolt 4 years ago

      I like your lens. I'm looking for housecleaning and decluttering ideas today, and this was great.

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      Markclean 4 years ago

      Hi, I totally agree with you that this job is endless specially if you have compulsive nature. I am compulsive in nature so I can understand it better. Well great ideas you have shared.

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      ehomedesignidea1 4 years ago

      Great reminder of what must be done daily, weekly and quarterly.

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      blue22d 4 years ago

      I agree, it is a job. It has to be done at some point or who can live with it. Great lens.

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      Squifoodie 4 years ago

      This is just great! I will definitely implement this routine! Thanks!

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      mariacarbonara 4 years ago

      When they said a womans work is never done, they were right! Thank goodness for holidays!

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      CannyGranny 4 years ago

      Having a routine is the key to a cleanish house

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      Jenny Campbell 4 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      This certainly sounds like my mother's routine. But she was a stay at home mum. I worked. I couldn't do these chores every day during the day. They had to be fitted in on nights and weekends and I expected my partner to HELP.

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      Susanna Duffy 4 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      @redroses lm: I've never wanted anyone to "help" I've wanted them to pull their weight

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      Michael Oksa 5 years ago

      Dishes used to be my least favorite chore, but that was because I would let them pile up. Doing them every day makes it a MUCH easier chore. Great lens! :)

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      wiseriverman 5 years ago

      This is wonderful advice. I'm going to follow it. Thanks!

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      'Vikk Simmons 5 years ago from Houston

      I am so fatigued simply from reading this. :) Definitely not at the top of my list but I have to make room for it as I have six dogs, two cats, and a 98-year old mom expecting something like a clean house. Great info, though. Do those slippers really work?

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      JeffGilbert 5 years ago

      A lot of great tips for an unpopular activity. great lens!

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      'Vikk Simmons 5 years ago from Houston

      Housework? Not on my list of favorites. Doesn't help that I'm a procrastinator, either. Interesting approach.

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      Lou165 5 years ago from Australia

      I hate housework too, but I think the key (besides being organized) is to play some good music really loud, something with a good beat that you can dance and sing a long to, it really does make it seem easier and quicker to do.

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      Helene-Malmsio 5 years ago

      This is such a great clean house schedule, I keep coming back for more tips!

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      CatCave 5 years ago

      I need some of those cleaning slippers - dance and clean at the same time :) x

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      I think every Mum should have a cleaning lady come every 2 weeks. Give up something else to afford it. My slogan is "a housekeeper is cheaper than a divorce." Once all the heavy cleaning is done by the cleaning lady, it is so much easier to keep up on a daily basis.

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      I think every Mum should have a cleaning lady come every 2 weeks. Give up something else to afford it. My slogan is "a housekeeper is cheaper than a divorce." Once all the heavy cleaning is done by the cleaning lady, it is so much easier to keep up on a daily basis.

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      emilysmaids 5 years ago

      Very nice breakdown, I love to get my hands dirty! You know it's interesting, I was reading a study the other day that showed that we spend more time cleaning now than we did centuries ago? You would think that technology would have cut those times but we keep raising the bar on cleanliness, everything is expected to be much cleaner now than it was then so it evens out! :)

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      happymonkeyz 5 years ago

      yes, it takes a lot of discipline to do it.

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      happymonkeyz 5 years ago

      yes, it takes a lot of discipline to do it.

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      laurenrich 5 years ago

      Thanks for the great cleaning tips and ideas. I will use many of them to make my chores easier. Thanks

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I am not sure, I have days were I hate it all then days when I just can not stop!

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      sarakastic 5 years ago

      I'm kinda weird I guess cause I love doing the laundry, hate most of the other chores though.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Like you I hate housework. Maybe its an Ozzie trait...I used to do mine once a week and visitors seemed to come day before I cleaned. Love your sign.. Sorry you missed clean house.

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      gradientcat 5 years ago

      Great suggestions for making cleaning the house more manageable. My least favourite task is cleaning the bathrooms.

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      missBorokwa 5 years ago

      very good lens:)like the pictures

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      FamilySolutions1 5 years ago

      Laundry is my most dreaded chore and that prompted me to write my own lens listing my top laundry tips which make it somewhat manageable. (I'd love to get your feedback on the lens). I thought that I was the only one who struggled with all those piles of clean laundry all over the place and was relieved to see you mention it. It's mind boggling because in actuality laundry is the easiest and cleanest household chore to do (nowadays anyways) and I still dread it.

      And yes, I am a working mother.

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      workable 5 years ago

      Love the fact that you had added older photos showing cleaning chores, adds to the atmosphere of the lens. Nice job:)

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      TedWritesStuff 5 years ago

      I do as little as possible. Live a clutter free life and a lot of these chores disappear..

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      Jo-Jackson 5 years ago

      Great lens. I think you need to schedule a declutter/throw things out day once in a while too as I find things tend to pile up if you let them.

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      marsha32 5 years ago

      What is a duvet?

      I so need that sign---My house was clean last week, sorry you missed it.

      Maybe then someone might believe the sign? My house hasn't seen much clean in months.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Wow, these are some great tips!

      But if you are on a tight schedule, you might want to consider hiring a house cleaning service like this: http://www.squidoo.com/house-cleaning-tucson

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      Aumlanka 5 years ago

      Thanks for the schedule. I think if I put some of it to use then my house could look better.

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      blessit3 5 years ago

      Thanks for the inspiration!

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      nifwlseirff 5 years ago

      I really need to get more consistent and declutter. Life had a way of taking over, especially when managing a couple of chronic illnesses, and the chores slide in favour of work and recovery. Thanks for the gentle push to be a bit more mindful of my surroundings again!

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      Back to sprinkle some angel dust and review this again. I could have that "my house was clean last week, sorry you missed it" sign up at my home.

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      Julia1000 5 years ago

      Just reading this lens made me feel tense, but seriously de-cluttering makes all the difference.

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      Elizabeth Sheppard 5 years ago from Bowling Green, Kentucky

      This is a great idea for a lens. Thanks for sharing your cleaning routines with us.

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      t0domanh 5 years ago

      I know chores can never be too much fun, but thanks god there are guidelines like yours and useful home & kitchen appliances to help us all with our tasks...

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I go by the Pareto Principle or the 80/20 rule now [check with Mr Google if you are truly interested....]. I was taught to do a thing properly and did them 100-110% but now I know that 80% of the job gets done in 20% of the time allotted.....yeah!.....and that is what the Spring Clean is about.....to get that last 20% done at least once a year.

      That leads me to one other thing I use 80/20 for.......possessions. 20% of your stuff [clothes/shoes/toiletries/cleaning products/possessions etc...] is used 80% of the time so you could declutter to half of what you currently have and still have more than you regularly use or access.

      And also no storage solution [box/drawer/file/cupboard/handbag/diary/agenda etc....] should be filled to more than 80% capacity.

      My Motto: Less is Best and More is a Chore. It can take 20 years to declutter a house and if you take too long to decide whether to keep or discard something you are justifying it. Within a moment you know if something is treasure or trash, useful or clutter or even worthy of transferring across the country if you have to relocate.

      Don't keep it if you don't love it or don't use it.....eg I don't love my mop but I use it [not as often as I should now I have iRobot Roomba to dust my floors........] so I keep it.........I don't use or display a cake plate of my Mothers but I love it so I keep it.

      My suggestion.....every time you use something, really think about it. Ask yourself if it lifts you up, as Oprah suggests, or not. Does it enhance your life or does it hinder your life........the answer determines whether that item should be taking up valuable space and time in your home/life.

      Set up a system to assess what you truly need and use and live like you are prepared to move across town, your state, your country or to the other side of the world.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I could use many of these tips.... My room is perennially in need of cleaning!

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      spids1 5 years ago

      Great lens very well written.

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      Birthday Wishes 5 years ago from Here

      From now on I will help my girlfriend more at cleaning the house... From lenses like this one, I realize that there is a lot to do at home. Thanks a lot!

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      merfzel 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      I have a family of 6.... this lens will help a lot :)

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      Frugal-UK LM 5 years ago

      I make a list of ten things I can stop when I have done them

      Then just repeat till all done

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      Rhonda Albom 5 years ago from New Zealand

      Looking at your lists I would imagine your house to be much cleaner than mine. Our time lines are quite a bit more spread out - except for the daily clean house schedule. Blessed.

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      rocgirl 5 years ago

      Great tips! I use the kitchen timer, also. Helps to motivate me when I just don't feel like doing anything. 15 or 20 minutes doesn't seem that long, but you can get a lot done!

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      CleaningCarpets 5 years ago

      Hey, house cleaning doesn't have to be a solo job. We offer professional carpet cleaning services at a cost effective price. Come check us out. Still, great lens. Very informative and entertaining.

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      CoolFool83 5 years ago

      I definitely need a good cleaning schedule. Thanks for this.

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      Justinleon LM 5 years ago

      Great Post!

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      EbooksFreeWeekl1 5 years ago

      Busy schedule, and for some reason the laundry seems to come up hourly.

      But seriously, it's just that laundry is never done long enough. Also I found out that buying more clothes in crunch-time leads to more laundry :) Further, I'm starting to become a fan of paper plates.

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      PROmotionsLLC 5 years ago

      My house is finally clean!

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      CannyGranny 5 years ago

      Does the rotten housework ever, ever stop?

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      Alex_Mathews 5 years ago

      Great lens! I used to hate doing the dishes, but I decided to find something (anything) that I could like about it. I like the feeling of my hands in the hot water, and now I don't mind doing the dishes so much anymore...

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      MagnoliaTree 5 years ago

      Sometimes I put on the movie "Nine to Five" and start tackling the house. I think it is maybe something about the rhythm of that movie that keeps me moving and I glance at the TV only occasionally. Please, don't tell anyone that I use this technique, but it does work for me.

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      mueedahmad 5 years ago

      Great idea & superb Lens. Thanks for showing your great skill and information with all.

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      Melissa Miotke 5 years ago from Arizona

      A schedule is a great thing. I find with two young children that I keep doing the same things every day and never really getting to the deep cleaning tasks. I have to put a deep clean item on my to do list ever day if I want to get anything done.

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      GreenfireWiseWo 5 years ago

      Great lens - good ideas - thank you.

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      sibian 5 years ago

      What a great idea for a lens.

      Quite a few words of wisdom I can relate myself to.

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      Joandearc LM 5 years ago

      Definitely a thankless job! Great lens :)

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      CottageHomestead 5 years ago

      Great lens! I'll be referring back to it!

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      Mamabyrd 5 years ago

      I think this is my favorite lens LOL I can so relate

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      ayng29 lm 5 years ago

      I also don't like house chores. My parents say I won't make a good housewife because I prefer studying or working. Thanks for your tips!

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      Agapantha 5 years ago

      I hate all housework but your schedule of daily, weekly, monthly chores is a great help

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      peggygallyot 5 years ago

      I don't mind housework but I hate ironing.

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      lilblackdress lm 5 years ago

      Are you a fan of the "fly lady". She has a free website where she assigns cleaning chores etc. and a book. Seems like you two would get along!

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      Mandy Stradley 5 years ago

      It would be great to have a better schedule for cleaning. I tend to do it all at once which is exhausting!

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      Mandy Stradley 5 years ago

      It would be great to have a better schedule for cleaning. I tend to do it all at once which is exhausting!

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      Zebedee32 5 years ago

      My house is usually very clean. Nice lens

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      Little Linda Pinda 5 years ago from Florida

      I need to start the day picking up before I get on the computer. Great advice.

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      Ruthi 5 years ago

      Thank goodness I am a loner and do not get many visitors! When I was a young mother and housewife my house was organized and nearly spotless. Now, well, it seems low on my priority list ... my home is decorated in the "lived in" look!

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      marsha32 5 years ago

      linking to this lens in my blog post today

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thanks for the post. I agree. The only way to keep up is to maintain, because if you stop for even a day, the house falls apart. Chaos Theory!!!! Raise your hand if you think house cleaning is a drag!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Is there anything worse than the thankless never-ending job of cleaning up after other people? All unpaid of course

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      steph-naylor 5 years ago

      Cool Lens!!I enjoyed reading! Youâve inspired me to start my own project!

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      VeseliDan 6 years ago

      I hate vacuuming!

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      VeseliDan 6 years ago

      I hate vacuuming!

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      BeyondRoses 6 years ago

      I keep a daily tidy up, and usually set 1 hour to 2 hours daily for boring, weekly housework chores. It seems that over the years, I have collected lots of things that I did not know was going to be so much work. It would be more simple, if dust didnot exist! Love your ideas, and I'm going to start using the timer!

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      EnjoyLens 6 years ago

      :) Interesting reading, well done!

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      talkies lm 6 years ago

      I am going to print this off as a reminder. Thank you for sharing this. I kept telling myself to come up with daily and weekly tasks but never set myself down to do it.

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      HomeServices 6 years ago

      Nice lens, looks like you are the lensmaster! I obviously need to spend more time on these, really inspiring thankyou!

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      jazziyarbrough 6 years ago

      Thank you so much for sharing. Great Post!

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      Ramona 6 years ago from Arkansas

      I'm like you, I tip my hat to mother's also. I couldn't do all that again. My children are grown and gone. My husband and I pick up behind ourselves and there is seldom a mess any more! Lovely lens.

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      nuestraherencia 6 years ago

      Great lens! I am using this as I come up with some type of schedule for our home. It seems never ending. Working 30hrs a week, then Squidoo, then homeschooling and then cleaning, well, it leaves little time for me...this is really great advice!

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      nuestraherencia 6 years ago

      Great lens! I am using this as I come up with some type of schedule for our home. It seems never ending. Working 30hrs a week, then Squidoo, then homeschooling and then cleaning, well, it leaves little time for me...this is really great advice!

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      Linda Pogue 6 years ago from Missouri

      Good advice. I needed it more many years ago, since my kids are grown now. My husband is retired and helps around the house more than I expected. Blessings!

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      Nightcat 6 years ago

      This is wonderful advice. You could give my aunt a run for her money. She still washes her walls weekly. But she's in her 80s so maybe she has a point. :)

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      Nightcat 6 years ago

      This is wonderful advice. You could give my aunt a run for her money. She still washes her walls weekly. But she's in her 80s so maybe she has a point. :)

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      ShoppingWithMonty 6 years ago

      HATE housework with a passion. Listening to music while doing it does help though. I finally invested in an MP3 player so that I can I listen to tunes with headphones on...only trouble is... if anyone else in the family suddenly appears behind me while I am doing the dreaded chores, I have no awareness of it and I jump out of my skin!

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      Clairissa 6 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

      I love the kitchen timer idea! I will have to do this because during my cleaning I am always stopping to check in at Squidoo and then I do not get my cleaning done, so maybe I can reward myself upon the completion of a task then get my squidoo fix. :) Awww Well!

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      Enigmaa8 6 years ago

      Great lens I'm pretty ok with the daily chores it's the weekly monthly or quarterly chores that are lagging. Great lens. :)

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