But that didn't happen, not in the first few days at least. Instead I found myself working all day to get the daily and weekly chores done (forget about those monthly tasks) and cleaning up after meals, children, pets, and my husband. At the end of the first day, I was exhausted and I went to bed that might with my house still a mess.
Day 2, it started all over again: a full day of cleaning, with none of the free time I thought I would have due to my new organized routine. I told my husband that night that I didn't know what I was doing wrong, but felt like I was working al day and wasn't getting the stuff done that I needed to get done. He sweetly--and dumbly--replied, "Well, for one thing, you don't have to make complicated meals all the time. Just make easy stuff like meat and potatoes sometimes."
"Yes, honey. It's the hour before dinner that is sucking up all of my time...." That thought stayed in my head. I went to bed even more annoyed.
Day 3, something magical happened. It didn't take me long to get everything straightened up. I had time to catch up on chores and even had some free time. Best of all, when I woke up the next day, the whole house was clean.
What did I learn? Don't get frustrated if in the first week of a new cleaning routine, you feel like you're being run ragged and have nothing to show for it. Don't throw in the towel just yet. Keep at it. Within a few days to a week, you will see a difference. I promise. Soon, you will have that free time and a clean house.
If after a few weeks, you still are cleaning all day, everyday, it may be time to look at your family's habits. Are you cleaning up enough toys to cover a basketball court everyday? Perhaps you need to teach your children to put their toys away as they play with them, or limit their access to toys until they learn to do this. Are you doing all of the work around the house? Your family can help with meal clean up, take their own clothes to the laundry and help with various other chores throughout the house. See my article on "Age-Appropriate Chores" for ideas. Perhaps you need to rethink some of your organization choices and invest in a little more storage.
the Modern Housewife