Do you ever wish someone was telling you what to do to keep your house clean every day? Or, do you wish you had a system, maybe a checklist, that helped you keep on top of cleaning chores? There are at least two, on-line, cleaning systems that spell out daily cleaning routines for you. Both are programs that will help you get your house clean and keep it that way. I've tried both and have incorporated some of each into my own daily cleaning routine. Here they are:
I've followed Flylady to the letter before and had a sparkling clean house. The Flylady system breaks your house into cleaning zones. Each week, you focus on cleaning a particular zone. You also complete daily cleaning routines and a daily mission called "Kelly's Mission". The mission involves cleaning one, often forgotten area, like behind the toilet. Most of Flylady's tasks take just a few minutes.
However, if you do the whole program each day, you're going to be spending most of your day cleaning. If that's OK with you, then you're going to have a shiny, clean, decluttered house. You can also pick and choose what part of the program you are going to do. I've done it this way before, too. While it doesn't have quite the same, dramatic results, it still helps you keep on top of basic cleaning. You can follow Flylady directly from their website, or you can sign up for daily e-mail reminders, which, frankly, can seem a little like spam. You get a LOT of reminders throughout the day. But, it's a free program and it does work if you put the time into it.
Motivated Moms is a cleaning check-list system. You can buy their yearly cleaning calendar, which consists of a check list of daily cleaning tasks, for $8.00. I don't have as much experience with this system as I do with Flylady, but I have printed and used the sample cleaning list before. I think I even had a whole month of check lists printed off that someone else posted on a message board years ago. I didn't like this system as much as Flylady. It didn't seem like quite enough deep cleaning for me. I had to tweak the list each day to fit my family's needs. The basic chores like dishes, daily sweeping and other things I do every day, aren't on the list. I also tended to feel guilty when I didn't check off everything on the list. They say that it's not meant to induce guilt, but it did for me.
My Own Kitchen Cleaning Checklist
I'd ultimately like to devise my own cleaning system that puts together the best of Flylady, the best of Motivated Moms and the best things that I've learned on my own over the years. I have a basic kitchen cleaning checklist that I've been thinking of putting into a free, download-able Adobe file. This list really worked for me last year. My kitchen looked fantastic and still feels much cleaner than it otherwise would have.
Flylady or Motivated Moms? I'd Love to Read Comments with Your Opinion
For the rest of the house, I think I may revisit Flylady again for the time being. I could use a boost of cleaning motivation and would like to get things in order before the school year is over. If you've got experience with either of these cleaning systems, leave a comment and let me know what you think. Or, if you know of another on-line cleaning system, leave a comment with the link. I'll try anything out!