|A kitchen at Mount Vernon|
For the past several Great Lents, I have made plans to deep clean our home and that has worked out pretty well for us! This Lent, however, I'd like to change things a bit for our family. I would like to begin a habit of weekly cleaning. Since moving in our home last December, I have not had a weekly cleaning schedule. Instead, I have opted to clean the house each time we have guests. I would frantically clean like a maniac before people arrive, cook and play hostess for the time that they stayed and then drop from exhaustion once they left, watching the house slide into a grimy existence until the next guests arrived (usually two weeks later).
I think that it would be better for us all for me to get back to what I have done in the past: clean a little each day. I am hopeful that this will ease the burden that cleaning house has become. I am also hopeful that I will be better able to include the children in cleaning routines. When I've had to rush around cleaning under the gun, it has made for many tense moments and Mama is often cross on those days!
Here is my plan (based on the layout of our home):
Sunday: Day of Rest (ha!)
Monday: Bathrooms and Wash Towels
Tuesday: Bedrooms and Wash Sheets
Wednesday: Hallway, Entrance, and Living Room
Thursday: Kitchen and Dining Room
Friday: Alternate Cleaning the Playroom, the Office, the Laundry Room, and the Sunroom
Saturday: Sweep the Porch, Fill Birdfeeders, Clean the Birdbath, and Water Indoor Plants
I am hopeful that if I can keep up with the daily cleaning during Great Lent, it will become a habit that keeps up long after. Do you have a Lenten Cleaning Plan that you are going to follow?