I have a love-hate relationship with cleaning. I really enjoy the feeling of having a clean apartment and the smell of fresh linens or a newly mopped floor, but I rarely can motivate myself to actually do the cleaning. I usually do the bare minimum, like laundry and dishes, while letting everything else get filthy for ages. Then I snap and clean everything in a wicked frenzy. While it is effective (eventually), it is not very predictable or dependable.
I want a more consistently clean environment so that if we decide to have friends over, I don’t need to constantly be worried about the apartment. I want to have the nice sensation of a clutter-free environment more often so I can work with little distraction. I want to feel good when I wake up in the morning or come home from work, not feel stressed about how dirty everything is all the time. So I’m doing something about it!
I have seen many variations of chore checklists in the bullet journal, so I decided to make my own. I wrote these out in my Leuchtturm 1917, where the dot grid really helped me format the lists. I used Prismacolor Illustration markers for this particular spread because I wanted some lovely earthy tones – I’m not sure why, but cleaning is earthy to me.
I want to declutter, do a load of laundry, complete dishes, and clean off the counters every day. I think that if I finish this list daily, the apartment won’t get to catastrophic levels. At least, not quickly. These four tasks should curb the worst of the pile ups that occur, so chiseling away at it every day really ought to do the trick.
Weekly, I want to do a few specific things, like clean the bathroom. I’ll confess that I’ve let the bathroom get really stupidly gross. The other day, I wiped down the bathroom sink and was shocked to be reminded that it was actually white. I’m a shame to my family. So my biggest goal with this list besides preventing overall clutter is to have a decent and presentable bathroom most of the time. Everything else on my weekly list is a bonus.
I already use my habit tracker to track how often I complete a 15 minute tidy up (which is rarely, as you can see) using my Staedtler Triplus Fineliners. Soon, though, I think I will alter this to daily chores and rejuvenate my efforts to keep to a cleaning schedule. I’m sure I won’t stick to this perfectly, but it acts as a good guideline to keep me from going too terribly long without completing a rounded cleaning. I want to build these into regular habits so I don’t forget them so often and I don’t feel so yucky about it, so incorporating them into my habit tracker is the best bet to slowly merge them with my regular habits.
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One thing that I think will help me is my new obsession with Amazon Music Unlimited (try it free for 30 days). I can open up whatever playlist gets me on my feet and listen ad-free as long as I want. And with the help of my handy-dandy portable Etekcity RoverBeats T3 bluetooth speaker, I can bring the music with me to every room and get excellent quality sound and volume. I love listening to this little fella while I’m showering and cooking, too. It’s just wonderful having whatever music I want with me all the time in my home, so it makes cleaning much more fun.
So there you have it! It’s a fairly easy schedule to write out, and time will tell whether I can stick with it. The bullet journal has had a large effect over my productivity in other areas, so I have faith in this planning method. I want to create a better life for myself and better habits so I can be the best person I can be, and cleaning is a large part of that. Cleanliness is next to Godliness, so I hear!
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