Wednesday, February 3, 2010

How Do You Do It?

Well, these last few days have been really busy!  School has gone well I have managed to get some small things for scouts completed.  There is however a pile of laundry sitting on our big chair in the living waiting to be folded for a day now.  I have managed to put the dirty dishes in the dishwasher and wipe off the counter.  I did vacuum the school room today because I was tired of seeing stuff on the floor that didn't belong there.  Lady has managed to chew up just about all of Riley's pencils and leaves all the tiny pieces all over the floor.  Aaaahh the joy of a teething puppy!

Riley was a big help Monday and put all his clean clothes away from that pile of laundry that I did fold then.  Hopefully they made it completely in his drawers!  :-)  We are still learning how to shut our drawers completely in Riley's room!  We have also been looking for a shoe for about a week now.  Still no shoe.

We did get groceries today.  Got them put away and dinner is put away.

You know, I am not a very good housekeeper.  My mother is wonderful at it.  I am not.  Now I suppose I should clarify, I am not a bad housekeeper in the sense that I do not know how to but I just do not do it the way it needs to be done or in a timely manner.  And then to get it to stay that way longer than a day or a few hours?  That just does not happen.

I think I make it harder on myself.  I am a stacker.  There, I've said it!  I stack things.  If I don't know what to do with it, I stack it and save it for later (when I will know what to do with it!).

I ran across an idea that wont go away so I'm wondering if I need to give it a try to see if it would help me with organization and getting some things done.  Has anyone tried a household notebook?  Does it work for you?  The notebook I saw is mainly a financial household notebook.  I like that idea because it also had a calendar that you could record when bills are due and other items in the financial realm.  However, I've been thinking that a place to make "to do lists" or grocery lists, winter and fall to do lists would be a nice addition. I think a chore list would help me some....Riley has a chore list, do I need a chore list?  When I make lists I do well, I take the first thing, get it done and cross it off!  What a great sense of accomplishment that gives me! 

I've noticed that some mom's (who blog) keep lists of chores for themselves.  Or they have designated days that they clean certain things, such as, Monday laundry, Tuesday dusting, Wednesday vacuum etc.  What do you do?  What works for you?

I am beginning to think I need to turn over a new leaf regarding cleaning because I feel like I am treading water sometimes.  Either school takes precedence or we take a day off to clean, and we can't do that once a week.  We'd be in trouble then!  :-)

I would love to hear what works for you or how you handle keeping your house clean or is it a battle for you too?
Blessings to you!

3 comments:

sarah in the woods said...

Wish i could give you a great tip, but I'm right there with you. I'm not a good housekeeper. There just seems to be so many other more interesting things to do! Glad to meet you and thanks for visiting my blog today.

LRAQUILA said...

I wish I had a magic answer. But, alas, I do not. I am an organized person, who loves a neat and clean house. I keep things clean all the time, but the neat part is a struggle during the school year. In the summer, we set up a schedule and keep to it quite nicely. We have a list...and work hard to accomplish the things on the list then we move on to a few school related things (some days) and always on to fun things...library, VBS, playtime, swimming, .....

During the school year, and ESPECIALLY this year, our schooling takes SO much of our day. I find that I need more and more time to accomplish our academics, then there is so little time left afterwards. I have to prioritize....dinner and basic chores must be done so the other stuff gets tossed (sometimes literally) to the wayside.

I'll be very interested to know what you learn. I did better when A was younger....really up thru 3rd grade....by having a list of certain chores for certain days for myself and her..but this year...we cannot seem to get it all done after school because our schooling takes a lot longer.

Jennifer Tankersley said...

Lyn,
I have about 3 different household notebooks: 1 for my kitchen (holds menus, plans, and recipes), 1 for my finances (all of my different funds are held in there), and 1 for general household stuff (including my contact lists, to do lists, and chore lists for myself and my kids).

If you need any help setting one up, http://ListPlanIt.com has all of the pages you could want or need already made - you just print them out, fill them in, and hole punch or even hang on your refrigerator. Let me know if you have any questions.

Jennifer Tankersley