Sanity Savers: Part 1

University of TulsaThe past few weeks have been especially hectic around our house with Jason starting law school and me beginning a new full-time job. Thank goodness we only have a dog and a cat to keep alive; several of hubby’s classmates have young kiddos and I can’t even begin to imagine how difficult it must be to juggle work, law school, and a family at the same time. That is just crazy talk!

Anyway, perhaps it has more to do with being lazy than with being organized, but I’m always looking for ways to make life a little bit easier. I have a few sneaky tricks up my sleeve for keeping our household humming along even during the busiest of times. These are really simple things I’ve gotten into the habit of doing weekly that actually save time and energy in the long run. I thought it would be fun to share some of these strategies with you in a blog series I’m calling “Sanity Savers”. Are you intrigued?

My first sanity-saving strategy is keeping a weekly cleaning calendar. I borrowed this concept from FlyLady. The basic idea is that rather than saving all your cleaning chores for Saturday, you spread them throughout the week so you don’t have to spend your weekend scrubbing toilets. By doing a little bit each day, it’s easier to stay on top of the mess before it gets beyond the point of no return. My schedule is pretty simple:

Cleaning CalendarSunday: yardwork
Monday: dust (alternate upstairs one week, downstairs the next)
Tuesday: vacuum & mop downstairs
Wednesday: vacuum upstairs
Thursday: laundry, take out trash
Friday: clean bathrooms
Saturday: change sheets, do laundry
Every Day: wash dishes, tidy up cluttered areas, shred junk mail

(Download my free Cleaning Calendar template to personalize with your own schedule and keep on your fridge.)

Of course, on busy evenings when I get home late, my chore for the day may not get done. And that’s ok! The key is just keeping up with things as much as possible during the week so there is more time for fun on the weekends.

This strategy works pretty well for me and is a lot cheaper than hiring a maid. (Although, if all our extra money didn’t go towards this little thing called tuition, then I would not even hesitate about paying someone else to srub the toilets!)

Like the idea of simplifying your life? Come back next week for another easy, sanity-saving tip and free download.

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  1. DanaNo Gravatar

    Seriously? You didn’t learn this at your mama’s knee! :)
    …one of the many reasons I love you. MOM

    Posted September 19, 2010 at 2:41 pm | Permalink
  2. PKnoxNo Gravatar


    Posted September 19, 2010 at 3:13 pm | Permalink
  3. So cute! I forwarded on to some friends, too. :)

    Posted September 21, 2010 at 2:59 pm | Permalink
  4. KathleenNo Gravatar

    I love this! I have been an on-again/off-again flybaby, so this might help me get back on the wagon! It’s cute enough to motivate me!

    Posted May 13, 2011 at 9:10 am | Permalink
  5. TraceyNo Gravatar

    Dear Design Finch,

    Can you help? I’ve tried to download and print this cute file, but every time I do so, I only get the background to print out and not the text. How do I fix this?


    Posted September 11, 2011 at 8:47 pm | Permalink
  6. ToniNo Gravatar

    This is so cute, i just love it and would like to print it, but am unable to print the text as well. Can you help?

    Posted September 14, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Permalink
  7. KariNo Gravatar

    I love this! Wrote up my weekly plan on it, but I am only able to print it with the background. Any advice??? thanks again!

    Posted September 16, 2011 at 9:24 am | Permalink
  8. ShaylaNo Gravatar

    @Kari: Kari, Toni, and Tracey – I fixed the printing issue in the PDF. Try downloading the file again and print the new version. Please let me know if you still run into issues!

    Posted September 16, 2011 at 8:37 pm | Permalink
  9. ChicitaGatitaNo Gravatar

    Hi Shayla!

    I absolutely love your site and your free printables. Thank you so much.

    I still am not able to print this with my weekly plan on it. And I’m not able to change the font etc so that I can fit everything on the page. Even when I print without trying to add my own schedule it only shows Sunday through Friday – Saturday is cut off.

    Are you able to help me with this?

    Thank you so much!

    Posted August 11, 2012 at 5:26 pm | Permalink

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