Instead of working off a list, you work off a rotating index card file system. Here is a picture of mine. I have had it for years and years. The cards are something tangible that you can see and move around as needed, very flexible. You will need a set of colorful index cards, a set of monthly index divider cards, and a set of 1-31 numbered dividers.
First you walk through your home and decide how often a job needs to be done. You decide what chores will be daily, weekly, monthly, or seasonally. Next you decide how many days a week you are going to devote to cleaning. You may decide to have one moderate cleaning day and one big cleaning day, with a few mini cleaning times throughout the week.
Or you may have three moderate cleaning days, and no cleaning at any other time. Or just one BIG cleaning day. It's up to you. Then you make up your cards and file the cards on your chosen cleaning days. For the monthly cards you will want to spread them out throughout the month.
This will even work with the Flylady system if you file your cards according to her zones.
The cards are color-coded as well so that you can see at a glance what is daily (yellow), weekly (blue), or monthly (white). There are personal (pink) cards as well, for personal things or errands. Of course, you can color code your cards however you want. This is what I did.
I put a "D" in the upper right corner for chores that are delegated to my kids.
Here's how it works. Each morning when you wake up you check your cards. After you've completed your daily chores, you would file the daily cards under the next day's date. The weekly cards would be filed one week from the day that you did the chore. The monthly cards you would file under the next month's divider.
Since many years ago I selected Friday as the day that I mop the floors, that "mop" card is filed under this Friday's date. Then, once it's done, it will be filed under the next Friday's date. If you have to skip it, you mark the date that you skipped it on the card. You really don't want to skip a chore more than three times in a row, if possible.
I confess that I don't really need a card to remind me to unload the dishwasher, do laundry, clean bathrooms or sweep the floor. However, there is something very tangible and satisfying about being able to select a card, do the chore, and file the card away! Not only that, but they are a great and fun motivator! It's like racing the timer, only you're beating the cards!
So, in order to keep things lively around here, and liveable, I like to vary the routine ever so often. It keeps things a bit fun and a bit more interesting, just by doing it differently. So this is what I will be doing this week. Getting back in the box.
Works for me anyway! For more Works-For-Me Wednesday please go here to see some other great ideas!