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January 10th 2009
archived under: Cleaning, Home & Garden, Organization

Let me tell you a few things about myself.

  • I’m a person who loves lists.
  • And I love how-to books.
  • And bullets.
  • And boxes to check off.
  • And things to strike through.
  • I’m the type of person who will add something she’s already done to her to-do list, just to be able to cross it off.
  • I like the idea of FlyLady, but…
  • It’s just too cumbersome.
  • (Plus all of the emails about purple puddles and buying her feather duster are obnoxious.)
  • So I want to share something with you, in case you’re the same way.

Motivatedmoms.com has a printable chore list… it details a few chores to do every day of the year, and cycles through things like changing towels, cleaning the lights in your bathroom, cleaning the crumb tray of your toaster, and all sorts of things that are easy to let slide if you’re not thinking about them. Just what I need!

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I’ve TOTALLY failed at keeping up with it for the first week. I’ll admit it. But it’s hard to get into a new habit, right? Tomorrow I get to try again. I feel like when I can keep up with everything on the list, I’ll feel like the house is “together” and in maintenance mode.

I don’t know how I found this list, or what I was googling, but I’ll tell you that I immediately spent the $8 to buy the PDF download. And I’m VERY excited about using it this year. I bought the full-sized planner (no bible thingies). The site has several sample PDFs so you can see what you’re getting into before you pay.

I was just REALLY THAT EXCITED to find/buy/try to use this list. Maybe soon that “try to use” will become “use”… someday when I’m not so lame at being domestic.





Talina (1 comments)

Thanks for sharing. I will have to look into this! :)




Maria Helm (6 comments)

I, too, have tried and outgrown FlyLady. I think she was a great way to get the hang of keeping up with the house, thinking about doing a little each day, etc. The most useful thing I got from her was use of the timer, though. I always tend to thing these things will take too long…and sometimes I’m mopey and make them take longer than they need to . Heck, just looking at some of the things on that list you posted I started thinking “Are you nuts? I couldn’t fit all those plus work and dinner and homework…” But then, I thought about setting a timer and just doing each one for 5 minutes and realized I probably could do them.

Lists like these are important for me because, unlike my husband, I just don’t SEE the dirt/clutter around me as I plow through my day.




Joyful Abode (1044 comments)

I’m glad y’all are going to get some use out of this too!
Kelly, the “clip children’s nails” is a good reminder to check your own though. haha.
I did a lot of cleaning today and got caught up, so tomorrow I’m going to try keeping up with the list (so I won’t have to do a massive clean next weekend).




Kelly (6 comments)

love it! i tried to make something like this myself, but i didn’t have everything on there. i think this will really help me get my house cleaned up. i will spend all day sunday cleaning and then by tuesday/wednesday it is starting to get messy again and then i repeat it every weekend. i get home late from work, so if i just had a few things to do everyday, it will hep keep it clean all week. i will be happy when i don’t have to waste my sundays cleaning. i am not a mom either, so i will not have to worry about those “kids” chores.




Heather (2 comments)

I too am a fan of lists and will also add things to my list, just to cross them off. LOL

You’re not the only one. Maybe if I lived in one spot during the week, I would use this list as well, but alas, I am not.




Sunday Baker (1 comments)

This does look really great. What busy woman couldn’t use this? Thanks for the link! You have a great blog :)






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