Thursday, September 6, 2012

Today we are picking back up with our Lessons From Mama series after a long baby-related break. Lessons from mama is a weekly guest post from my mother, sharing different lessons on homemaking she has learned over the years. This was inspired after I interviewed her for the series "Teachers of Good Things."  You can head over to her interview to see a more complete list of the topics we will be covering (it is under the 5th question, What would you have done differently as a single woman to prepare for this?). 
I’ll make a disclaimer up front. House cleaning is not my area of expertise. My favorite way to learn housecleaning is from . She teaches how to declutter and each week gives daily assignments that usually take about 15 minutes. I can’t say enough good things about FlyLady. Check her out!
The best tip for keeping the house picked up is to get rid of as much stuff as you possibly can. Be brutal with the decluttering.
What to declutter? Things to ask yourself as you get rid of your clutter: Do I love this item? Have I used it in the past year? Is it really garbage? Do I have another one that is better? Should I really keep two? Does it have sentimental value that causes me to love it? Or does it give me guilt and make me sad when I see the item? Cleanse this room of everything that does not make you SMILE.
My most important tool in cleaning the house is my timer! J You would be amazed at how much stuff you can get done in 15 minutes. Your timer is your friend.
Flylady divides your house into 5 zones. Each week you clean in 1 zone and each month you will go through all the zones.
Zone 1: Entrance, Porch, Dining Rm
Zone 2: Kitchen
Zone 3: Bathroom & Extra Room
Zone 4: Master Bedroom
Zone 5: Living Room
Another way to break up the house work is to assign yourself a different task for each day.
Make yourself a schedule that is comprised of one hour and one task each day. Your schedule may look something like this:
            Monday: Decluttering
            Tuesday: Dusting
            Wednesday: Vacuuming
            Thursday: Scrubbing
            Friday: Organizing and Rearranging
            Saturday: Laundering
            Sunday: Decorating
Then, spend one hour each day doing your assigned task  for each room, throughout your house.

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