Monday, October 22, 2012

Quick Clean Checklist, Part 2: The Verdict

Well hello there!

You've been waiting on pins and needles to hear the follow up to Do Quick Cleaning Checklists Really Work?, I'm sure.

So here I am, 7 days later with a verdict. My verdict is yes and no. Yes, they CAN work. And yes, if you do this faithfully every day of the week, it shouldn't take more than 45 minutes to do. 

But what happens when, as happened to me this week, one night you forget that you have Bible study at 7pm and you somehow missed that you had no oil or gallon zipper bags to make the chicken nuggets you PROMISED your son for dinner, and you have to wait for your spouse to bring the needed items home before you can cook and you are literally cooking until you have to run out the door and you don't get home until 9 pm, so you (and your spouse) just do a so-so job? Or you get utterly derailed by a borderline migraine one night and just say "screw it" and leave the cleaning for the next day, so you have TWICE the work to do so it takes twice as long. Or your kids keep interrupting you and it takes almost 30 minutes just to unload effing dishwasher (kitchen cleaning is supposed to take 15 minutes, tops).

In other words, life...

Then the quick cleaning checklist can be a drag because it takes much, MUCH longer than you anticipated to finish. And you feel just a bit frustrated with yourself for not keeping up with it and for not being able to get done "on time."

My other issue is with the quick clean checklist that it doesn't incorporate deeper cleaning, which, lets face it, has to happen on a regular basis. Floors have to be mopped. Toilets have to be scrubbed. Laundry-- which isn't even ON the list-- needs to get done. What then? You're still stuck doing these things on the weekends, when you are supposed to be enjoying all your free time.

All that being said, using my quick cleaning checklist really DOES help. I loved waking up to my "fake immaculate house" every day. On the nights when all went well, I loved that it took about 45 minutes to get to the "relaxing" part of the night, rather than HOURS of my precious weekend time, so I plan to keep using the quick clean checklist. I think once I have this list a little more perfected, I'm going to try to incorporate a deeper cleaning activity into each day, so that stuff also gets done.  I'll get back to you on that.

Questions? Comments? (and for those of you who asked me about seeing a clearer copy of my checklist, I am working on trying to figure out how to post a .pdf on here. As soon as I figure it out, I'll let you know. If you really want it, e-mail me and I'll send you a copy).


  1. I like the Clean Momma's take, on doing a "big job" and giving it a specific day each week. Bathroom scrubbing on Mondays, Sheet washing on Saturdays. WHEN I'm on top of that, I feel so much better about the house!

    1. I think incorporating a big job INTO this list (in place of its briefer self on the quicklist) will help me feel even better about the house. For me, scrubbing the bathroom is GREAT, but then it would drive me bonkers that the living room and kitchen would still need to be swept, so the house wouldn't FEEL as clean as it does now.
      I like that this makes it so if a neighbor drops by unexpectedly, I don't have to come up with an excuse to stay on the front porch. It makes my house pass the Oprah test!


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