2011 Women's Conference Class given by Jana Clark
based on book by Pam Young and Peggy Jones
http://www.shesintouch.com/ -Sidetracked Home Executives Website
Remember the library has a ton of great cleaning and organizing books.
The next time you are asked to write down your job title... really do...peacemaker, entertainer, cook, nurse, financial expert, decorator, teacher, counselor, psychiatrist, vet, detective, artist, diplomat, magician, judge, maid, lover, chauffeur, speaker, writer, inventor, coordinator, spiritual leader, organizer, interpreter, historian, dental hygienist, pharmacist, dietitian, social worker, typist.... You'll probably run out of space before you run out of job titles. It's no wonder we feel unorganized.
Whether you are a born slob or you are a clean soul constantly battling the mess your children (and husband) make, this cleaning/organizing system could help you. * Important* Tweak it to fit what works for you. I don't use the full system and I've added things of my own.
This system was used by my mom as I grew up... and I still liked it enough to use it myself for the past 12 years.
Not only does it help me to remember to clean things that are easy to forgotten, (the dryer vent, under the stove or the gutters) but it also helps me remember to do things (Doctor's appointments, change the air filter, check the fire alarms, etc...). It gives me peace of mind.
file box w/ tab dividers labeled the months of the year.
a desire to make a change or improvement
INITIAL CLEAN AND ORGANIZE - 4 box system
Label 4 apple boxes: GIVE AWAY/SELL, THROW AWAY, PUT AWAY and STORAGE
Go through all the rooms and closets in your house with these boxes.
GETTING THE KIDS TO HELP:
Label the easy cards CHILDREN. On Saturday morning lay out all their card to choose from, divide by the number of kids you have and tell them how many to choose. (They can't choose a 2nd card until the 1st one's done. This motivates them to do it so they can get the next easiest job.)
KEY LIST -
EOD=Every Other Day
2/W=Twice a Week
EOW=Every Other Week
EOM=Every Other Month
2/Y=Twice a Year
If you need a packet of suggested jobs and frequencies send a SASE to Jana at 13394 SW 64th Ave, Portland 97219 or check the book out from the library.
JANA'S LITTLE SECRET - You know the door to door sales man that sells that orange cleaning stuff or any cleaning stuff? Ever notice they all use those little green scrubbing pads? That's the secret! Buy those cut them in 1/4's. Use them with water for just about everything.
CLEANING SWAPS - If you have a close friend or a sister near by, I recommend doing cleaning swaps. Every couple of months, my sister from Salem and I do this. She comes to my house or I go to hers, we have a list prepared ahead of time (or a pile of cards) and we work through it while chatting all day. It's amazing all we get done and we've enjoyed our time together, as our kids play around us. There's a mess of toys in the front room when we're done but the rest of the house is so much cleaner and the toys only take 5 minutes to tidy up anyway.
Enjoy your new cleaner house!