I’ve decided it’s time to introduce some structure into the Madhouse. If you’ve been with me for awhile you know I’ve tried this before with little success. If you haven’t you can check out Good Morning, Starshine and then you’ll understand.
I’ve had several counselors, more than a few friends and a couple family members offer their assistance in this same process in the past. This time I’ve done something different. I’ve done some research and taken the initiative to create the foundation on my own. I’m hoping this will improve my odds with the follow through.
I bought a recipe card box, recipe cards and dividers. On the top of each card I’ve written the the name of each room in the house: Living Room, Bathroom, Kitchen, Dining Room, Bedroom, Man Cave (Alexi has claimed my storage room as his “guy space” since he’s surrounded by females). Under this I’ve listed, in detail, each task that needs to be completed in order for that room to meet an appropriate level of cleanliness. I’m going to make a card for Yard Work and Outside Tasks (yes, they are different chores lists).
I came across this little beauty of a list on Pinterest.
The dividers I purchased have the alphabet on them so I flipped them over and wrote the days of the week on some of them (7 to be exact). On the others I will write each of our names, Daily Chores and Special Chores (this will be spring cleaning-type stuff, I may use them as consequences. I haven’t decided yet). Under each divided section I will place the corresponding task. By dividing the tasks as a daily chore I think by dividing the tasks up as daily chores the housework will seem less daunting.
I’m going to adapt the schedule so it suits our needs and time commitments better, but other than that I think this will work. I’m going to let you know how it goes, add that to one of my days as a “must be done today” thing. Maybe the extra accountability will help me succeed with this venture.
Also, I’d be grateful if anyone out there has other ideas or adaptations that might help us bring order to the chaos.