so the point of this entry is to talk about organizing and cleaning. **disclaimer: i am not organized or good at cleaning** but i am super busy and my former attempts were resulting in one or more areas of my life practically catching on fire and burning to the ground from neglect. (um my bathtub) basically up until recently ive just gone through the house and picked up or cleaned as things got to a place which was just so annoying or dirty that it *had* to be dealt with. i had no routine whatsoever and what would happen would be piles of dirty laundry which would then turn into piles of clean but unfolded laundry or window so smudged from wee sticky fingers you had problems seeing out of them. so here's what i did. one day i walked through the house and made a note of everything that needed to be done cleaning and organizing. then i divided those things into three categories - weekly, monthly, and quarterly. the daily stuff i skipped because like i dont need to be reminded to wash the dishes - i just know this needs done and do it. then i grouped my to-dos in those three categories logically, say by room or floor of the house. that way it will save me time so im not wasting energy washing the mirrors and stove and washing windows in different areas of the house. final step - space them out on my google calendar and have it send me an email reminder of what i need to clean every day. and POOF! a cleaning routine has developed which has really helped keep this place clean! a typical week ends up looking like this:
kid's laundry washed, folded, put away
every other week dust hard surfaces
David and I's laundry washed, folded, put away
every other week wipe down cabinets
every other week change sheets on all beds
Clean Bathroom (bathtub, mirror, baseboards, change towels & rug, toilet, sink, wash floor)
Clean Kitchen (wash floor, wipe down stove top, counters, empty incense and clean up ashes)
clean out refrigerator once a month
Clean Dining Room (wash floor, table, straighten bookshelf)
montly - clean baseboards and spot clean walls, windows
another way i stay organized is meal planning. im not too strict about this but basically i get groceries that will last 2 weeks, wherein at least half of those days are planned meals from scratch. i make a list and at the same time i write down meals that can be made from those ingredients. there is a fabulous show on the food network called quick fix meals with robin miller that i've taken a lot of advice from. she makes a lot of staples and shows you how to transfer a main ingredient into other meals throughout the week. i use this method a lot to save money, time, and food from going to waste! example - grill up chicken and use some on top of a salad, some in pasta, and throw some bbq on another breast and bam! there is 3 meals with one ingredient that i can make all at once and not mess around with later. this is especially helpful because we buy meat in bulk (we get a share of a cow for christmas from my parents and had several chickens given to us too) so i can pop out several pounds of chicken at once and prep them all the same way and refrigerate it until im ready for it later in the week.
what do you do to stay organized, clean, and save your sanity by maximizing your time?