-On a sheet of paper I listed the most basic jobs that we could do to clean up the house within a 30 minute time period. These jobs would only be the most necessary ones. (It helped me to imagine what we quickly do whenever we hear that unexpected guests are coming in an hour.)
- Then I took several sheets of paper and wrote down the name of each room of the house at the top of each.
-I went through each room and wrote down on those sheets detailed lists of every single thing that needed to be done to keep each room clean. EVERYTHING.
-On Mondays and Fridays the kids and I spend 30 minutes all together after lunch doing the basic housecleaning from the first list.
-On Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, we spend up to 30 minutes working on a couple of the rooms doing detailed cleaning. We don't clean the rooms completely, just work through the list as much as we can for 20 minutes. (So maybe we just clean baseboards and fans that day) The following week we go on to a different set of rooms in the house.
That's all there is to it. Flylady calls this 'Blessing the home.' I love that. This plan is basically her ideas in a nutshell. It is so simple and easy. I never have to do 'Spring cleaning' any more because a few days out of the week we slowly plug away at maintaining those jobs that we wouldn't ordinarily do. The kids like having something different to do each day and that it follows Miss Mason's advice about keeping things short and sweet.
If this isn't clear enough for you I will give an example of a general house cleaning list and one of our detailed room cleaning lists.
General Cleaning list
4. Empty trash cans
5. Change sheets on a bed
6. Water plants
Kitchen: Detailed cleaning list
1. empty refg/clean thoroughly
2. clean table and chairs
3. clean oven
4. wash canister/knick-knacks
5. clean out a drawer
6. wipe fingerprints off walls, doors
7. wash a window
8. clean fans
9. scrub down cabinet fronts (only a few at a time)
10. clean out a cupboard
11. clean under sink
12. clean an appliance
13. scrub floor by hand
14. dust cobwebs from ceiling
one step at a time...