I confess. Housekeeping is not my favorite thing to do. There are so many other fun things I’d rather be doing and sometimes it just feels like I spend all my time cleaning the same rooms over and over again and not enough time enjoying my children.
The truth is, I’ve never really come up with an effective cleaning system.
When we first got married I made a list of everything that needs to be done to keep a house really clean. The list was 4 pages long! I was so overwhelmed that I didn’t even attempt to start it. I tried getting books out of the library, but it discouraged me to read advice like, “Use a toothpick to clean the dust out of the screws in door hinges.” (Really?!?! Do people do that?) I tried setting up a housekeeping card-file system and that worked really well until it got knocked onto the floor and cards scattered everywhere. (I never had the courage to put the system back together again.) I signed up for one of these online cleaning systems…. but that was like giving a drunk a drink…. Giving me an excuse to spend more time on the computer did not help anything!
What I need is a mother… or maybe a drill sergeant. Someone to just tell me what I need to do next.
Then, I found Motivated Moms!
Motivated Moms is a printable chore-planning system that I love, love, love! It involves doing a few basic daily jobs (like “make beds” and “wash dishes”) and 4-6 extra tasks each day. Some of the extra tasks are related to cleaning (“clean one shelf of the refrigerator”), some are seasonal reminders (“check your credit report”) and some are fun assignments (“spend time on a craft or hobby” or “pamper yourself”). Imagine that. Somebody telling me to go pamper myself!
Honestly, the first time I looked at the checklist I thought, “This will never work.” I just didn’t see how I could keep the whole house as clean as I wanted without spending hours and hours working on it.
But you know what? It does work! I’m the kind of person who likes checking things off a list and since none of the tasks take very long I am motivated to get each job done. The plans are already laid out so I don’t need to worry about whether or not I am forgetting to do any obscure jobs. It’s set up like a day planner, so if I miss a day, I can just cross the whole day off and move right on to the next day. No Guilt! I can easily look at my checklist and delegate tasks to the Little Farmhands. The daily lists are so short that I am never overwhelmed. And as you can see in the picture above, there’s plenty of space to add in little reminders to myself like “send Thank You cards” or “order horse manure” (something the rest of you probably don’t do!).
Know what I like best about Motivated Moms? When I get to the end of the check list, I have permission to stop… even if the house isn’t perfect. I’ll do more tomorrow. This one key has given me so much peace and joy in my life… and more time to spend with my sweet little farmhands!
And you know what? The house is clean!
Now, how can you get a copy of the Motivated Moms chore planner for yourself?
If you’re like me and just want a little direction, you definitely want this planner! The planner is available in several different formats. It’s all the same list of chores, but you can buy it in different sizes, different formats (page per day or week per day) and with or without Daily Bible Readings. There’s even a really cool iphone app for those of you who are more technologically savvy than me!
MotivatedMoms.com has graciously offered to give away one ebook chore planner to one reader! To enter, just go to the MotivatedMoms.com website, browse their products then come back here and leave me a comment telling me which of their chore planners you would like to win!
This giveaway will end Wednesday, February 23rd at midnight, and a winner will be chosen via random.org and posted the following day. We will notify the winner and they will have 36 hours to respond! Failure to respond will result in another winner being selected.
This post is an honest review of the Motivated Moms Planner basely solely on my own opinion. A big “Thank You” to Motivated Moms for supplying the product for the review and giveaway. If you purchase something from Motivated Moms by clicking on one of my links, I will receive a small commission. If that bothers you, you can go directly to the Motivated Moms website by using the URL: www.MotivatedMoms.com The Good Old Days Farm donates a percentage of all our income to spreading the Gospel in third world countries.