I hate routine! I always have. I’m not naturally a routine kinda person. I would waayyyy rather do something when I feel like doing it. Unfortunately I don’t usually feel like exercising or doing housework. So, I’ve learned to embrace routine because of what it gives me:
- Better physical fitness
- Cleaner house
- Feel less scattered and overwhelmed
It’s just too bad it’s all so…..routine.
How do I keep myself in a routine? Charts, charts and more charts; knowing I can cram a lot of routine into 15 minutes/day; and a friend who likes to get up at the crack of dawn to go for a walk.
The chart business all started with Marla Cilley’s book Sink Reflections. (www.flylady.net) This book has been the inspiration for me to stay on top of all that housework I’d rather not do. It has given me the focus and direction I was lacking for so many years. It’s a rather corny book (sorry Marla) but is easily readable with sound principles.
Basic premise – Chapter 9:
- Divide your home into 5 zones (i.e. Zone 2 – kitchen, Zone 5 – living room and family room)
- Each zone gets 1 week of detailed cleaning on a 5-week rotating schedule
- The detailed cleaning is for 15 minutes/day ONLY
- At the end of the week you move on to the next zone
- When you come back to the same zone in 5 weeks time, you carry on with the list of chores you didn’t get done the last time around
- Never frantically clean for guests again! (This is big thing that keeps me hooked)
I’ve been using this system for a year now and while part of me still hates the routine, I love the results and that’s what I focus on. So if housework is weighing you down and you’ve been looking for a system, this may be it. Take a look at what Marla has to offer. Her book is available through Amazon.ca and costs from $10 – $15 plus shipping.
Do you have a routine you’d like to share? I’d love to hear from you. And if you decide to take Marla’s suggestions for a test run let me know how it goes.
With calm, cool thoughts