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