30 Day Schedule – It Begins

I honestly had no intention of writing about this 30-day cleaning schedule until I had actually tried it, because just saying “Hey, I want to be an adult and clean stuff more than once a month” really isn’t newsworthy, but then Chase pitched such a fit over being forced to change his normal cleaning schedule (the non-existent one) and so it suddenly became an EVENT in our home which gives you a good idea of how low the bar has been placed. And yes, I have started a romance with run-on sentences and it’s going just fine, thankyouverymuch.

A little background: yesterday I saw this post about how to keep your kitchen clean in only 20 minutes a day, and that post had a link to how to keep your entire home clean in 20 minutes a day. And since I have lots of free time at my job am super excited about cleaning my apartment, I put together a little chart so that Chase and I could keep our kitchen AND home clean in only 20 minutes a day (if the two of us work together – this is a key assumption).

BTW – if you’re following along at home you can download my 30 Day Schedule chart that I adapted from Sarah Rae Trover. I made some changes to accommodate for the overlap of kitchen cleaning steps, but it should still do the trick.

To give you an idea of how this went, here are a couple of snippets of the conversation we had:

Me: All we have to do for Day 1 in the kitchen is wipe down the fronts of appliances.

Chase: Wipe down the appliances? That isn’t going to get them clean, you’re just pushing the dust around and into cracks, you have to use a wet cloth or something.

Me: Where does it say you can’t use a wet cloth?

Chase: Do you realize how many appliances we have? It’s going to take A LOT LONGER than 20 minutes.

Me: We have a stove, refrigerator, toaster oven, and a dishwasher. How is that going to take 20 minutes?

Chase: What about all the electronics? The TV, cable box…

Me: This is the kitchen appliances only.

Chase: Oh. When do we clean all the electronics?

Me: I don’t think electronics are on the schedule.

Chase: Then this is stupid. It obviously doesn’t do a good job.

Me: When you have come up with your own 30-day cleaning schedule I will be happy to compare the two.

A few minutes later

Chase: We have to clean the whole living room in 20 minutes?? And we have to DUST? It’ll take at least an hour if we have to dust everything.

(I am not making this up)

Me: AN HOUR??? What do you do when you dust?!? You realize I’m only talking about OUR living room, right? Not the living rooms of everyone on our block.

Since dusting the living room was more than Chase could handle, I gave him the kitchen task of wiping down the appliances, which he did at the slowest pace possible so that he could prove to me that this 20-minute model was a ridiculous idea and we should give up now.

Which is probably why we finished everything with 7 minutes left on the timer.

30-Day Schedule: 1    Chase: 0


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7 Thoughts on “30 Day Schedule – It Begins

  1. Ha. I love these types of posts because I feel like I can see this all unfolding.

    I have this horrible habit of leaving cabinet doors open. So I’ll wake up in the morning and it looks like someone has gone through all my stuff. Nope, I just made dinner. No worries.

    Looking forward to Chase’s worries over day 4’s “extra rooms” notation.

  2. crystal on January 20, 2012 at said:

    since that free maid service hasn’t been developed yet I think I will give this a try! I know I suck at cleaning but this is manageable. Even things I didn’t think to do.

  3. Guilliana on January 24, 2012 at said:

    I dont understand, do you and your husband hate each other? I feel like you only tell negative stories about him. It is really distasteful.

    • Caroline on January 24, 2012 at said:

      We absolutely love each other – enough that we can joke about the difficulties that come with being married. What you call distasteful we call having a sense of humor :)

    • Abbie on January 25, 2012 at said:

      If you think that all Caroline has is negative stories about her husband, you seriously have not read very much of this blog. Presonally, I think it’s pretty distasteful to call someone distasteful! If you don’t like what Caroline has to say- leave the blog to those of us that do! Anyway, that’s just my opinion.

  4. The fact that there was an entire back and forth conversation about dusting is comedy in itself.

  5. This is too funny for words but its true. I think if we put things back where we got them when we are done or when we get home it would make life easier. But it never happens and then you spend one whole day of your weekend trying to catch up. PS everyone is having this conversation. I have it with my S.O. everytime i have an idea (probably from a blog) that i want to try.

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