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The last two weeks I've discussed the first two steps of the S.O.S. System of home maintenance streamline and organize. Today we'll talk about the final step Systematize.
If you create a logical, workable schedule for doing household chores, you will be able to keep up with them all year long and eliminate the need for a major spring or fall cleaning. This system can be divided into three parts daily tasks, short-term tasks, and long-term tasks.
The fist step is to develop a habit of discipline in day-to-day maintenance:

* Make your bed every morning.

* Empty the dishwasher when the cycle finishes, so that dishes don't accumulate in the sink.

* Dispose of newspapers and junk mail daily.

* Pick up the house before you go to bed.

* If your house is maintained daily, it will be easier to carry out the larger cleaning jobs.

* Pick a different day to do laundry, get groceries, pay bills, and clean. You might even divide your home into 3 or 4 'areas' and schedule the cleaning of each area at a
different time. The job won't seem so overwhelming if it is broken down into smaller

- Enlist the help of other family members whenever possible.

- List all the jobs that can be delegated and then delegate them.

- On a long-term basis, it is helpful to make a list of heavy-duty jobs, like window
washing & wall washing. Divide these jobs into 30 minute tasks and add one task a
week to your cleaning routine.

- Always be alert for small maintenance jobs that can fit into a 10 minute time slot like clean a shelf, sew on a button, or sort the bulletin board.

Your vigilance will eliminate the need for major cleaning. You may not be able to avoid cleaning the bathroom or doing the laundry, but if you adopt the S.O.S. System: streamline, organize, systematize you won't ever have to spend the whole weekend cleaning again!

posted on: 9/2/2008 12:00:00 PM by Judy Warmington
category: The Mental Side

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