- I've created a huge list of every deep-cleaning chore that I could think of that is hard for me to do day-to-day.
This does NOT include things that should be done regularly and as-needed, such as taking out the trash, vacuuming, laundry, dishes, wiping down counters, etc. The chores are VERY broken down. They are everything from wiping down the counters in a single bathroom, to cleaning out one drawer, to washing the windows in your living room. Most chores are small enough that you could get them done in just a few minutes.
- You print out the list on sturdy paper (like card stock),
- Cut up the chores into squares (I used my nifty paper cutter that I got at a yard sale. Great investment!!).
- I decorated some empty baby food jars.
You can use any cutesy container you have lying around…I have baby jars by the quadrillions so they worked perfectly for me. I used stickers to write “The day was fun…” on one, and “…my work is done!” on the other – so I don't confuse the jars. You'll see why in a sec.
- When you have a spare second in a day, grab a chore, complete it, then drop it into the “my work is done!” jar. When the “The day was fun” jar is empty, dump the completed chores back in and start over again. Simple, right?!?
Try to pull one or two out a day at first. However, you will start getting into the habit of noticing when you have a spare minute and focusing on squeezing your chores in throughout the week (rather than waiting and cramming them all in on the weekend). You will learn to take advantage of every spare moment you have, and before you know it your house will be deep cleaned – without much time or effort! Maybe start out with the goal to complete the entire jar in one month. Then, as you get quicker, try to complete it in 3 weeks, then maybe every 2 weeks.
Keep in mind that, yes, it looks like a lot of chores. However, not every room needs to be deep so throughly deep cleaned all the time!
For example, we have 2 bedrooms, a kitchen, a living room, and a bathroom in our basement that we literally NEVER use unless we have guests in town. I probably won't need to deep-clean those rooms every time, because they simply never get used! Likewise, you may not need to wash the windows in your master bathroom every time if they are still clean from the last time you cleaned them.
You may have to sacrifice checking your emails on your phone, turning on the TV real quick, spending extra time on your makeup, cut out 5 or 10 minutes of your reading time at the end of the day, or whatever it is. But really make an honest effort to try to find a few extra spare moments in a day to draw out a chore. You'll be able to stay on top of your deep cleaning much better, and you'll be happier. I promise.
Plus, in our house, Saturdays are basically sacred! It's the only day we have together to do anything we want as a family. I used to spend my Saturdays cleaning, and now I have them free to do as much fun, cheap, or free stuff as I wish.
- This is also great for kids and teens! Print out some chores that your kids are in charge of, and put them on popsicle sticks (I made the spread sheet cells small enough that most of them will glue on a popsicle stick just fine). By the end of the day all their sticks need to me moved to the “my work is done” jar in order to get dessert, stay up later, get their allowance, or whatever it is.