In my first post for this self-improvement project, I resolved to start planning meals, which I have partially been doing, but need to plan more thoroughly and efficiently so that I'm not spending all my time in the kitchen - sometimes it feels like that. I have to use my time more effectively, I know, which is not one of my strong points.
The other resolution I made was to get to bed earlier which, I confess, I have completely failed at so far. I think I need to be much stricter with our evening routine and get Emma to bed earlier too, for this plan to work at all.
Since the summer holidays have now started I have about a month off work, which is fantastic, but I feel the need for a bit of structure and planning to really make the most of my time and to keep me from falling into a pit of endless procrastination.
So, I've started with a plan for the housework - boring, I know, but one of the things I'm most likely to keep putting off and it's just amazing (depressing) how fast it all gets really dirty again, what with relentless dog hairs and toddler spillages.
Here is my plan, which is really the minimum just to more or less keep on top of things and have a reasonably decent house. My younger self cannot believe I am writing a post about housework - how times change, eh?
SUNDAY: Sweep and mop upstairs and kitchen (if time, do rest of downstairs, too)
MONDAY: Clean bathrooms - sink, toilet and mirror.
TUESDAY: Sweep and mop stairs and downstairs.
WEDNESDAY: Dust surfaces - tables, desks, TV, DVD player, shelves and windowsills - up and downstairs.
THURSDAY: Sweep and mop kitchen and rest of house, or where most needed.
FRIDAY: Clean bathrooms again, if needed. Clean shower.
SATURDAY: Clean shelf outside where pot plants are, sweep driveway?
EVERY DAY: Clean patio, clean kitchen surfaces, do washing up (obviously)
This way, the kitchen floor gets cleaned three times a week, at least. It should be every day, but let's be realistic, that's not going to happen! By doing a little bit every day, the housework should be more manageable and if one day I'm not able to do what's in the plan, I can just include it in the next day's activities. Hopefully, that's how it'll work.
In fact, this plan will probably get a bit disrupted this holiday as my parents are coming to visit, which I'm really excited about. They arrive this Thursday for three weeks and it's only their second trip to Mexico (their first visit was 9 months ago), so I think housework will be taking a bit of a backseat! Never mind - I'll have to be flexible and just do what's possible. I'm hoping I'll be able to continue with this schedule when I go back to work in August.
Meanwhile, I'll also try to get to bed a little earlier in order to get a decent night's sleep and wake up early enough in the morning to have time to walk the dogs, have a shower, have breakfast and work on the blog before Emma wakes up. Okay, not all of those things every day, that's a bit too ambitious, just what there's time for.