Aug 12 10
by cara
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The Dailies: My Daily Cleaning List


My nemesis.

Let me let you in on a little secret about me: I’m messy.  Maybe even a slob.  I like to organize and make lists, but I do NOT like to clean.  Some people enjoy cleaning.  Me?  Not so much.  This is my domestic downfall.

image from Isgcp via Flickr Creative Commons

As we work on various projects around the house (the master bedroom makeover, The Littlest Apple’s big boy room, making our home office a functional workspace and not a dumping grounds for extra stuff), it’s becoming more and more apparent how much I’ve been slacking off in the cleaning department since we moved here 4 years ago.

So in addition to decluttering and organizing, I’m making a renewed effort to be a better housekeeper.  I’ve used FLYLady’s system before, and I’m re-reading her book now.  I’ve also read and used the Sidetracked Home Executive System (SHE)…..and got, well, sidetracked.  So I’m creating my own system, a mish-mash of FLYLady, SHE, and several other things I’ve seen around.  In true list-lover fashion, I’m compiling lists of my Daily, Weekly, Monthly and Seasonal housekeeping chores which I plan to share here, in a few separate posts.  Then I plan to post these lists as part of my upcoming Kitchen Command Center project (The Picky Apple thinks that’s a goofy name), which will include chores, weekly menus, a calendar, and other important action items.

Writing lists is the easy part.

It’s the actual cleaning that often eludes me, and that’s why my current focus is on just getting the Dailies done.  (Okay, and a little decluttering, too since you can’t clean clutter).  As I write this blog post, the dishwasher needs to be unloaded and loaded, there is laundry sitting in the dryer, junk dumped on the counters that needs to be moved, and toys that need to be picked up from the living room, playroom, my bedroom, and the extra-bedroom (The Littlest Apple isn’t even here, but he was a little tornado this morning!!).  I’m really struggling with the Dailies….let’s not even think about the Weeklies and Monthlies just yet.

I’d like to blame it on The Littlest Apple, Mr. I-Wake-Up-At-5:30am-And-Can’t-Be Trusted-To-Play-By-Myself-For-Three-Minutes-And-I-Must-Have-An-Audience-At-All-Times, but I’m pretty sure I was like this before he was born.    (Sidenote: this morning while getting ready The Littlest Apple climbed on top of the dresser in his room.  He was SO proud of himself!)  How do you get it all done?  That’s the million dollar question, right?  How do you take your high-energy kid outside for an hour everyday, do neat art activities, read together, cook meals, run errands, write a blog, AND do all this cleaning?  I’m certainly not as efficient with my time as it could be, but it still baffles me.  So right now, I’m focusing on the basics, the things that need to get done every day….


  • Make bed
  • Laundry (wash, dry, fold and put away)
  • Swish and swipe toilets
  • Clean kitchen (put away food, unload/load dishwasher, handwash pots and pans)
  • Wipe down counters and shine sink
  • Pick up toys
  • Water garden and yard
  • Sweep around table
  • Clean hot spots

Is there anything else you would add to this list?  What kinds of things are part of your daily cleaning routine?  How do you make sure it all gets done?

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