The Never-Ending To-Do List
I don’t know about you, but it stresses me out to no end to walk around the house and suddenly add 15 things to the already-full to-do list. You know what I mean, on the way to do some laundry: “Oh look, our shower curtain is gross again. So is that couch cushion. What exploded in this microwave? We probably should change our HVAC filter. How does our ceiling already have a cobweb? What even is a cobweb?”
When we moved into our first home in 2015, it didn’t take me long to realize that all these things can pile up quickly. In fact, after scouring the internet for yearly home maintenance info, I ended up with over 70 items to do throughout the year – many of them more than once!
Does that make you feel a little overwhelmed? Along with the constant tallying in my head, I knew I would always feel like things were slipping through the cracks- which is honestly one of my most significant triggers of anxiety (we’re working on it 🙂 ).
The Solution: A Home Cleaning and Maintenance Schedule
So I did what I’ve learned to do best when I’m stressed: I made a system.
When it comes to tackling a lot of tasks, the most important thing sometimes is to have a time set aside & scheduled for it in the future. Based on the frequency recommended by the experts, each of the 70+ to-do’s can be assigned, paired, & scheduled throughout the year to keep things cleaned, maintained, and decluttered. And even better – it can be on an actual checklist 🙂
Not only does this ensure that these important items are being completed, it also alleviates the mental tracking of it all! When I see something dirty or needing attention, but know it’s on my list for next week or month or down the road, it helps me resist the feeling of “I have to do everything right now” and the overwhelm that quickly follows.
The finished product looks a little something like this, and I would love, love, love to share it with you.
Along with these instant downloads, I have created a 5-day course to help you adjust & implement this system in your home!
Of course, I have to say that this is not guaranteed or professional-level advice regarding every item needed to maintain your home. Please do your research for your type of home and area of the country/world. Things like weather, hard water, building materials, etc. can create some variation. I just hope this tool will help you get started and feeling more confident in keeping things up.
Keep in Mind:
- Even when it’s broken down into smaller pieces, I know from experience it is a LOT to do! Feel free to make changes, as we have definitely decreased the frequency of some items over the years. You may think some of the items on the list are silly & unnecessary, or you may think it’s gross that we don’t clean certain items more often 😉 Make adjustments based on your preferences, stage of life, and living situation.
- Be flexible month-to-month. You may try to knock it all out on a long Saturday, or you may break the lists down into several days or weekends. For me, it just helps to keep in mind that we’re getting it (or most of it) done- which is a huge accomplishment!
- Look at it positively. I can be a huge complainer about this type of thing, but both Evan and I try to uphold the idea that we need to take care of what’s ours. First, preventative maintenance saves you more money in the long run! But also, the goal is not to have a perfect, spotless home- it’s to have a cozy, restful place for friends to gather and ultimately provide shelter. Once again, gratitude makes a huge difference!
Lastly, I know you may have questions regarding several of the tasks. Look out for more posts on my favorite techniques, and comment below to let me know which ones make you the most curious!