I am the first person to admit that I am not the best housekeeper.  It’s just not on the top of my priority list.  I mean, I do the laundry when we run out of underwear,  I wash the dishes when we run out of forks and I mop the floors when they are too sticky to walk on anymore.

I’m okay with this.

My kids are fed.  I feed them home made, {mostly} organic foods.  I cook a lot from scratch.  We bake cookies.  We have fun.  We play.  We home school.  I think my boys are well loved and well taken care of, despite the chaotic appearance of our home.

Several factors have culminated lately that has made me want to try and improve my housekeeping habits.  I know it would probably help with Anthony’s ADHD to have a less chaotic home, the holiday’s are coming and I love to entertain, and I know it would be a lot easier to keep up with my big house if I just did a little every day.

I happened to Stumble across a list of chores to help keep your house presentable.  It’s one or two chores every day of the month that when done together in a system keeps your house drop-in ready.  Here is the list:

1.  Surface clean living room and kitchen (pick up stray items, dust, sweep, vacuum)
2.  Clean bathrooms (toilets, showers, floors, walls, mirrors)
3.  Surface clean bedrooms (put away toys, clothes, dust)
4.  Surface clean “extra” rooms (basement, office, play room)
5.  Surface clean living room and kitchen
6.  Clean bathrooms
7.  Clean all interior windows (white vinegar and newspaper works
great and is cheap)
8.  Sweep and vacuum all floors in the house (don’t forget the stairs)
9.  Surface clean bedrooms
10. Deep clean living room (mirrors, baseboards, dust artwork)
11. clean bathrooms
12. clean out closets (hang up clothes, mittens, jackets, hats)
13. surface clean “extra” rooms
14. Deep clean bedrooms (organize drawers, check under bed, tidy
closet, dust artwork, fans, lights, mop)
15. surface clean living room and kitchen
16. deep clean bathrooms (clean inside drawers, inside trashcans, tops
of mirrors, tile, mop)
17. clean all door knobs, phones, entertainment equipment (remotes),
switch plates, banisters and other things that are repeatedly touched
18. clean out the refrigerator, take stock of food, organize pantry
19 clean entryway, sweep porch, clean out car (because they’re often
our home away from home)
20. surface clean living room and kitchen
21. surface clean bathrooms
22. surface clean bedrooms
23. sweep and vacuum all floors in the house.
24. clean linen closet, straighten towels, sheets or regular closet if
not applicable
25. surface clean living room and kitchen
26. deep clean kitchen (scrub appliances, wash trash cans, base
boards, wipe down and straighten cabinets)
27. surface clean bathrooms
28. surface clean bedrooms
29. clean one item you’ve been meaning to get to and haven’t 9deep
clean your stove, wipe down light fixtures, tackle a particularly
unruly area)
30. sweep and vacuum all floors in the house.

Now, I forgot to actually bookmark the blog article that this list came from.  So, if this is your list, PLEASE contact me so I can give you credit!!  I’m so sorry that I didn’t think to bookmark it…bad blogger.

ETA:  Thank you Amanda who redirected me back to Apartment Therapy where this list was originally published.

I cleaned my house up pretty last week for Thanksgiving.  So I figured it would be a great time to start a routine like this now while I’m ahead.

I spent FOR.ever cleaning my kitchen yesterday.  Forever!  When I was done, I was so happy, it was so pretty and shiny.  I even put on a crockpot full of apple butter.  I was very domestic.  I was pleased with my efforts and my results.

Then I made lunch and feeding five people lunch is messy.  I had a new sink full of dishes, dirty pan, leftovers to put away.

Didn’t I just clean this up?

Yesterday was the 1st, so it was “surface clean the kitchen and living room” day.  After I spent forever cleaning {and re-cleaning} the kitchen, I tackled taking down my Sam’s Club Designer Christmas Tree (It is going to be picked up by the Ronald McDonald House today so it needed to be packed up).  I proceeded to pick up all the toys and straighten the living room.

I was satisfied and exhausted when I was done.

This morning we all wake up.  We are not awake an hour and the living room is trashed again.  The kitchen is trashed again.  Milk is spilt on the table from cereal.  Cereal is on the floor.  There is cardboard box parts all over the living room, dirty clothes already on the floor, orange peels on the table, candy wrappers on the floor, children’s comforters are on the floor (I think they were making a fort?), the toys that were all in buckets yesterday are dumped out on the floor…again.

Now I’m just stressed out. Disappointed.  Pissed off!

I worked my ass off yesterday and it doesn’t look like I did a darn thing!

This is why I don’t bother.  When it’s a mess, and everyone expects it to be a mess, then there is no stress.  But when I work really hard to clean and keep it tidy and three little tornado’s just run through and destroy my hard work in no time flat, well, then I don’t want to do it anymore.

It’s only day 2 of my list.

*sigh*

Housework is something you do that nobody notices until you don’t do it.  ~Author Unknown