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As a part time working mom, I need all the help I can get to help me keep my house (and my sanity) together. I have put together a weekly cleaning/chore list that helps me to check off chores each day and also help keep my house in working order.
Research has proven that it is beneficial for your brain if you are able to check something off of a list, and visualize it, seratonin is released (a feel good hormone) in your brain. Knowing this, I thought, “Why not create a list that will let me check things off a list, keep my house clean, and help me feel happy about completing something?” and lo and behold the weekly cleaning/chore list was born.
When creating the cleaning/chore list, I took into consideration what my day to day life was like not including cleaning and chores and went from there. For example: our family has 2 cockatiels, a rabbit, and two dogs. We need all the help we can get to help us remember what each animal needs so I added it to our cleaning/chore list. Additionally, having a 6 month old who is bottle fed adds to the never ending pile of dishes and Jake works full time.
Knowing what our day to day lives includes, I created our cleaning/chore list. On the days that I have more time, I do the more time consuming things such as vacuuming and dusting. On days when I am more time crunched, I focus more on quick chores such as checking the animal’s water and wiping down counters. Throughout the week I stagger when I do dishes and laundry so I don’t feel like I am doing the same thing every day but also being able to make headway on the never ending piles.
For convenience and visualization, I printed out the list and put it into a sheet protector. Seeing as I am a teacher, I have Expo markers laying around so I use one of those to mark off each chore after it is done. This cleaning list has been a lifesaver for us. If we fall behind one day then we can visually see on the list what we still need to do and can pick up the slack another day if we have the time. If not, it’s not a big deal and we will make sure we get that chore done the next week.
If you have littles that help out with chores, you could make them each a chore list, put their name at the top, print it out, and place it in a sheet protector. Your littles can also take advantage of checking off their daily/weekly chores and have a visual of their progress.
I have included my cleaning list below. Feel free to change it to fit your lifestyle as it is a downloadable Word document. We can’t wait for you to share with us what you changed and how it has worked for you!