First, how did February go? Well enough. I've been following this plan but, in my usual planning ahead manner, I'm well into Numbers so I'm working a bit ahead. Go me.
Notice that the title isn't "use cleaning schedule" or "master cleaning schedule". Simply implement. I'm trying. You can see now why, with that deployment thing happening, that it wasn't going to work for February. There's too much frenzied packing, sorting, letting-it-go-ness, etc that goes along with that kind of prep. It wasn't worth trying then. My heart wasn't in it. Granted, my heart still might not be in it, but I'm committed. And I'm determined to make the most of this deployment by getting things in order...and maybe exercising my inner control freak. I wouldn't call myself strictly type A or OCD-ish, but I do like control.
Without further ado...
The version I'm using is black and white because I don't own a color printer and I'm just going to be highlighting things anyway.
The idea behind this schedule is that I'm not held to any particular task on any particular day. That kind of schedule would cause me to absolutely fall and fail. I wouldn't be able to commit to it. This schedule allows me to accomplish what I want, when I can, as long as it's all done by the end of the month. The green tasks are weekly, so I'm looking to check off 4 boxes by the end of the month.
The blue tasks just have to happen once a month, so I can check off those individual boxes as I go. The extras there are mainly for spring and summer but they're minor outdoor tasks that I should be able to handle.
As for the orange...that's the stuff I'm supposed to do every day. The pick up clothes one is big for me. Once-upon-a-deployment-in-2012, the 18 foot x 12 foot master bedroom was a carpeted sea of my clothing. My closet usually hung empty and I just picked up what I wanted off the floor. Awful, right? Well, now we share a semi-walk-in closet and, because the master bedroom is not a million feet from the living quarters (as it was in Alaska), I try to keep things a bit more cleaned up. And keeping up with dishes is sometimes a struggle during the week. Vacuuming of the living room/dining room/kitchen usually happens every other day because of the dogs tracking in dust.
Red is just if there are any special tasks ahead...like maybe putting away decorations, getting out the Christmas tree, preparing the guest room, or organizing a certain closet.
So, cheers to this, right? (I give it one month.)