Helpful Homemaking – Checklist Tips

Friday, January 10, 2014


Ah January, the month of “new” the month of “I will” the month of resolutions and goals and promises. Helpful organizing tips abound in January, they even made January National Organizing month, which hammers home the message that we all should be cleaning and organizing during every free minute.

But- I’m not.

Nope. I refuse to get myself all worked up this year.  

It’s the 10th and I simply refuse to feel behind as I “heart” the many free printable’s showing up in my Pinterest feed.  Everything from chores, menu planning to home organizing binders can be found and printed. I’m tempted- I mean really tempted to waste my printer ink on these prettily designed pieces of paper that in theory should make short work of my organizing dilemma’s. 

I don’t print them because I know I won’t use them. I have seen myself not use them in the past. So- here is what I use instead.

A legal size pad of plain white paper, a colorful pen and a clipboard.

MyWAHMPlan.com



That’s it.

Now the organizing magic can begin.

I walk from room to room with an Eagle eye, channeling my Moms white glove, everything neat and tidy approach to homemaking and I make my list for each room.

  • Put away lotions- check.
  • Revamp pantry- check.
  • Unmuck back hallway for the bazillionth time. Check.
  • If it is dirty, cluttered, unfiled, on the list it goes.

Only put chores on this list. No jotting down “buy new hand towels” when you are in the guest bathroom. There will be a list for that later.

Stick to what you want to get done- your chores.

Do feel free to put a family members name by certain chores. If they drug it out, they should find its home again (says every Mom on the planet).


Then- once you’ve gone through every room in your house and feel like your head is going to pop because you must be the worst housekeeper on the planet- stop! Take a breath, and choose the easiest task first. 

And. Do. It. 

Then check it off. Done! 

 Go through your list this way until you get to the real hot spots of your house. Seeing your completed tasks will make slaying your dragon easier.

I use this checklist method for any project that is multi-step, like planning a party, or revamping my flower beds.  This style of organizing my thoughts to organize my life works for me and it may very well work for you too. If you give it a try, please stop back by and let me know your thoughts.
 
And if you really want to get a feel for How clean (or not) your house is, go take this easy quiz on HGTV. I answered  mostly B’s- with a couple of A’s I blame completely on my Mother! You’ll understand that statement once you take the quiz.

Share with me in comments, what’s your dragon- what is the one place you wish you never had to organize again?
For me- it’s the Foyer closet! Ugh.
And let me know the outcome of the quiz too- no judging here!

Here's wishing you a happy, productive weekend. Now I'm off to buy some much needed hangers for that foyer closet of mine.

13 Comments »

13 Responses to “Helpful Homemaking – Checklist Tips”

Daisy B said...

LOL - I totally relate. Is it OK that my main New Year's resolution is just to be me? ;)

Linda Kinsman said...

Hi Daisy,

You bet! That's an awesome resolution.

Happy New Year!

Pam said...

I didn't do goals this year, only resolutions. Seems like it will be much easier to stick to those!

Linda Kinsman said...

Hi Pam,

Good for you- we all have to find what works best for us and just go with that.

Happy New Year!

Frugal and Fun Mom said...

I actually did not make any resolutions this year or write a list. However, I have been going from room to room and doing a deep cleaning. I would like for my hubby to organize the garage, that might be wishful thinking though.

Tough Cookie Mommy said...

I think it is so important to just get organized and to not let yourself get flustered or overwhelmed. These are some great tips.

Tough Cookie Mommy said...

I think it's so important to just get organized and not allow yourself to get flustered or overwhelmed. These are some great tips.

Ginny Marie said...

I really need to clean out our basement! When we clean our house, a lot of the clutter ends up down there. I need to either throw things out or give them away!

Linda Kinsman said...

Hi Maria,

I agree- with so much women need to handle on a daily basis, we should all be more aware of things that stress us and do I best to eliminate them.

Linda Kinsman said...

Hi Carlee,

I have taken a page from your book and I'm trying to deep clean each room. It's a slow process, but I am seeing progress. Good luck getting your hubby to work on the garage!

Linda Kinsman said...

Hi Ginny,

If I had a basement, I'm betting it would be a drop zone- trouble spot as well.

Kasey@ All Things Mamma said...

Organizing by making a list is so helpful to me! I love to make a list - no matter how overwhelming - and check things off as I do them!

Tribe building today! :)

Denise Gabbard said...

We are downsizing--- basically getting rid of lots of "stuff" we don't need...so my resolution for this year is to "break up" with things I have no use for. Hopefully just that will make it easier to keep up.

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