…I plan to fail. I’ve heard that saying a million times. Usually someone is pointing this out to be about the time my failure to plan is turning into failure. Usually I want to punch that person in the throat.

But it’s true. Failure to plan is responsible for a lot of trouble and confusion in my life. It’s also at least partly to blame for my incredibly messy home (credit also goes to the 21 month old who lives here). When I do get things clean, it lasts for about a day, and then I start to let things get away from me. Shampoo, rinse, repeat.

But not this time! Starting next week, I have a plan:

Monday – Monday is living room day. The living room needs constant maintenance, because it houses the majority of the toys. However, Monday will be the key organizing and straightening day, plus dusting.

Tuesday – Bathroom. Ugh. How I hate cleaning the bathroom. Hopefully, if I am intentional about giving it a good clean once a week, it won’t be so bad.

Wednesday – Boys room. Wednesday is a long night for us due to church, but hopefully I can get in and straighten up the boys room before they go to bed.

Thursday – Kitchen. Dishes definitely have to be done more than once a week, but Thursdays will be the day to clean out the refrigerator, wipe down the stove, and clean the crumbs out of the toaster.

Friday – Laundry and Master Bedroom. Ugh. I have no idea how four people can produce so much laundry, but man…we do. I have to make sure I not only do the laundry, but that it also gets folded and put away. So much easier said than done.

This leaves my weekends for relaxing, right? Don’t answer that.

I have a feeling that this plan may be a bit optimistic, but I am going to try it. I may have to do a pre-clean this weekend just to get my house to the point where doing this cleaning won’t consume my whole evening. But if I can get some order back into my home (and my life), it will be worth it.

How do you keep your house clean? I would appreciate your tips!