This week, we’re diving into listener questions on a variety of topics!
In our unit on Renter’s Life, I mentioned a chore flowchart that has saved me having to decide where to begin cleaning my place over the years. Listener and Saturday School teacher, Kaitlyn, asked for that flow chart and I thought it might be a good opportunity to give you a peek into how I use it in my home.
I found this flow chart on Pinterest and was delighted to follow it to Melissa’s website, The Happier Homemaker. This was back in 2016, but I reached out to Melissa this past week and got permission to talk about this flowchart and share the link with you in the show notes on my website notyourteacherpod.com.
So, as I mentioned, I’ve been using this flow chart for almost five years now, and it has helped me keep--I think--5 homes pretty tidy. Tidy enough that I would be comfortable with unexpected company 95% of the time. When it is my cleaning day, I don’t have to decide what to do--I go to this chart, which I have kept on my fridge since I first found it, and work through flow until I can’t work through it anymore. Even if there’s just one room that needs my attention, working through Melissa’s steps has helped keep me from overthinking something that most of the time, just needs to get done more than it needs a new system.
The chart breaks up tasks by room in an order that I love: kitchen, bathrooms, bedrooms, living areas, and outside. These rooms are prefaced by an all-house declutter and are interspersed with moving the laundry along. Within each room are the steps that you take to get the job done, and the declutter category is broken down by task as well. I usually start it with an empty laundry basket and music in my ears, then just go to town. If I need a deep clean, and depending on routine maintenance, it can take anywhere from 30 minutes in my one bedroom apartment to 2 hours in my three bedroom home. But again, it’s a flexible enough chart to carry you through a variety of living spaces. I work this chart about every other week and it’s great.
I hope you find it as helpful as I have, and if you do, be sure to let Melissa know by leaving her a comment or sending her a quick email. If you have questions you want to send my way and possibly be featured on Now That I’m Not Your Teacher, DM me on Instagram or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All right. tomorrow we’ll hear a question about life insurance, retirement, and buying a car.
See you then!
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