Household Maintenance on a Schedule
I had to laugh the other day as I was reading a comment by a lady and she thought I was crazy because I had a schedule for housecleaning. Yes, I could see how this might be “crazy” if you have a small household or are retired or something such as this. She did also say that after going back to work she could see it was a good idea. :) I put most all of my household maintenance on a schedule. For me, I found in the process of raising 8 children that if I don’t, inevitably something falls apart and then I am dealing with a major chaos.
I got this idea to schedule my household chores from my husband. He is an aircraft mechanic and it is a bit different than an auto mechanic (other than the obvious.. LOL).. with cars we tend to take them to the mechanic when we have a problem. The car makes a funny noise, or something is not working correctly and we call the mechanic. There are exceptions, most people have scheduled oil changes and tire rotation and such, but for most maintenance we don’t do anything until there’s an issue.
However, with aircraft it is a whole different story. Everything maintenance wise is on a schedule. They check everything about the planes on a time table. At my husband’s company they divide them into categories: A Checks, B Checks and C checks. C checks are the biggest and involve removing everything from the plane right down to seats and floor boards and checking for anything that may be amiss. My husband deals mostly with engines. He had equipment that checks the inside of the engines and he does this according to a schedule. After so many flight hours he has to check this and that and if he sees damage or wear he has to record this and reschedule the plane to be checked at certain intervals, or sometimes he see things and lets them know the engine has to be changed. Occasionally issues develop that are not on schedule and they will check them out when the plane comes in for maintenance. But the idea is to deal with issues before they arise.
So long ago I thought to myself this is a great way to run a large and busy household. You schedule the maintenance. Why wait till a room or area of the house is chaos, take care of it before it gets that way. This is how I keep my house from being a big mess that I am constantly cleaning up (I’ve been there and it is not fun). I maintain. I have daily cleaning schedules that tell me to sweep and mop and vacuum and dust. By the end of the week I know I have hit every major area of my home often enough to keep the dirt and mess at bay. There is something nice about not having to “reinvent the wheel” so to speak every morning. I don’t have to look around at what disaster needs to be dealt with today.. I already have my list and know what areas need to be maintained. I have laundry schedules that remind me who needs to do their laundry and what household laundry needs to be done. I don’t like running out of bathroom towels and then rushing to get them washed. I like have a constant supply ready to go. I have after dinner clean up schedules for my kids. They know if it is their night to help put the food away or load and unload the dishwasher or wipe the counters down and sweep the floor. It makes for a whole lot less arguing about whose turn it is to do what.
So yes, I am a household maintenance scheduling mom and it makes my life run so much smoother and helps keep my kids on top of what they need to be doing each day as well. When you live with a lot of children in your home it can either be chaos or organized and I vote for organized. :)
I should also say that by nature I am NOT an organized person. Having 8 children forced me into it! :) But I have not regretted it. I know that you can learn to be organized as long as you are willing to be disciplined enough to stick with the plan. I can’t say my house is always perfect or we don’t get behind or that we don’t have chaos because we are a normal family living in our home daily. But overall it is not a way of life for us and it has made me a fan of maintenance schedules!!
Examples of my schedules:
Daily chore schedules: http://www.thefamilyhomestead.com/cleaninglists.htm
Laundry Schedule: http://www.thefamilyhomestead.com/laundryroomorganization.htm ,
I am also lately thinking that yearly lists that have me dealing monthly with the hidden areas of my home (closets, storage areas, cupboards, etc..) would be a good idea.