Testimony from Victoria of Snail Pace Transformations:
Back in April, I decided to join Crystal in her 4 weeks to a More Organized Home series. To be honest, I did not start the program with a great attitude. I knew my home needed help but I had so much else on my plate.
Looking back however, I know the series helped me manage that plate more effectively. Plus, I discovered my cleaning groove that I had been trying to find for 17 years of housekeeping!
After the 4 Week Challenge was finished, I used what I had learned from it to create my own customized cleaning routine.
My New Cleaning Routine
(Those that followed Crystal’s daily assignments will see many similarities.)
- Get dressed.
- Follow my Morning Routine — For me that is starting the kettle for tea. Cleaning off the kitchen counters. Getting the laundry going and having my time of morning prayer and bible reading.
- Write a list of 7 to 10 things to do for the day — This list includes my 15-Minute Daily Cleaning Assignment and the 15-Minute Room of the Week Assignment.
- Write a list of chores for the children to do.
- Do the 15-minute Daily Cleaning Assignment.
15-Minute Daily Cleaning Assignments
Cleaning doesn’t really take long. Often I was spending more time dreading a chore than it took to do the chore. Now I set the time for 15 minutes each weekday and work on the following:
Monday: Master Bedroom
Tuesday: Upstairs Bathroom
Wednesday: Wild Card Day (I pick an area that is the most cluttered.)
Thursday: Downstairs Bathroom
Friday: Master Bedroom
15-Minute Room of the Week Assignment
In addition to the Daily Room Assignment, I also spend 15 minutes each weekday focusing on cleaning a specific area of my home.
Every Saturday, I pick one area of the home and attack it for 30 minutes. I save Saturdays for bigger projects, such as reorganizing a closet or book case.
Additional Weekly Assignments
- Designate 5 items to sell or toss — less stuff really does equal less mess to clean up. This can happen any time during the week or on Saturdays, depending upon that week’s schedule.
- Spend one hour listing things to sell — I have a lot of stuff in piles that I have been saying I will sell, but the project just seemed too overwhelming. Now I set the timer for 60 minutes, and start posting my items (on Craigslist or eBay) or start pricing them (for consignment sales or stores). When the timer goes off, I pack up the unlisted or untagged items and put them away until next week.
The benefits of this new schedule have been numerous:
- I no longer fear someone just dropping by because I know my bathrooms can be quickly cleaned up with just a few wipes.
- I am adding to my family’s income — I made $190 off of my first one-hour selling session!
- Our master bedroom is now truly the oasis I always wanted it to be.
Victoria is a wife and homeschooling mom of three. She loves running marathons and training for an annual sprint triathlon. Victoria considers herself a snail pacer in life. She grows in inches not in leaps hence the name of her blog Snail Pace Transformations.