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February 24th, 2011, 11:50 AM
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This is a 6-week challenge (half a trimester). You can start at any time, but let us know that you did! There is a weekly challenge update thread where we'd love to see and hear about your progress!

Cleaning Bootcamp Challenge
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This ain't your mama's cleaning challenge! You know what it means when "bootcamp" is added to a title - it's intense (and usually crammed into a short timeframe). Do as much of the challenge as you can, and make sure you let us know your progress!

Week 1 - Start Small
Select 5 tasks to perform daily (you can use the examples or make your own if you already have those down). On the check-in thread, make sure to rate yourself by telling us how many days you've accomplished each of the 5 daily tasks. For example, Making the Bed 5/7 days.

Tasks
1. Make the Bed
2. Empty the sink (either washing dishes by hand or loading in dishwasher)
3. Clear 1 spot of clutter (~15 minute task)
4. Sweep the kitchen floor
5. Sort the mail - throw away/recycle junk right away

Week 2 - Branch Out
This week we are adding to our five daily tasks. Remember to check-in and let us know how you are doing!

Tasks
1. Make the Bed
2. Empty the sink
3. Clear 1 spot of clutter
3. Sweep the kitchen floor
5. Sort the mail
6. Clean the counters (kitchen & bathroom, or just one or the other)
7. Pick up bathroom (not a deep clean, just a quick clean)
8. Wash, dry & fold 1 load of laundry

Week 3 - If nothing else, then...
This week we are going to be continuing the daily tasks we started above, but we also need to be thinking about our bare minimums. This step is where I bring DH into the equation, because he has different "bare minimums" of cleanliness than I do. For example, for him to feel comfortable in our house, it needs to be tidy - meaning clutter is out of sight or at least contained. For me, it needs to be cleaned - meaning things are put away appropriately and dirt is demolished. I have a list of the bare minimum things that need to be done for us to feel comfortable - if I do nothing else, I must at least do those chores. This week it's time for you to make your own list! I go into this in a little bit more detail in a really old blog post I have here: Just Joanna: How to Write Household Routines.

Tasks
1. Make the Bed
2. Empty the sink
3. Clear 1 spot of clutter
3. Sweep the kitchen floor
5. Sort the mail
6. Clean the counters
7. Pick up bathroom
8. Pick up the living room (or main living area)
9. Wash, dry & fold 1 load of laundry
10. Write down your bare minimum chore list

Week 4 - Sometimes Tasks
There are some chores that really need to be done only once a week, once a month, once a quarter, twice a year or once a year. For example, you don't need to wash your curtains every day or water your plants every day, but you do need to get those things done from time to time. This week we are going to work on our sometimes tasks. For some ideas, check out our family's routines here: Just Joanna: Family Routines.

Tasks
1. Make the Bed
2. Empty the sink
3. Clear 1 spot of clutter
3. Sweep the kitchen floor
5. Sort the mail
6. Clean the counters
7. Pick up bathroom
8. Pick up the living room (or main living area)
9. Wash, dry & fold 1 load of laundry
10. Write down your sometimes tasks (including frequency!)

Week 5 - Organize and Record
Any amount of chores are easier to do if you have a simple, always available list of what needs to be done and when it needs to be done. In our house, we use an index card box with little file folders that have index cards in them to organize our daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, semi-annually and yearly tasks. This way, we can take our Monday card and do what's on it on Monday, the put it in the back of the folder and have our Tuesday card ready for the next day. Our monthly cards have Week 1, Week 2, Week 3 & Week 4 - during the appropriate calendar week of each month, we do the tasks on the card sometime during the week. This way on busy days you don't fall behind. Others like to use binders with papers slid into sheet protectors so that you can use dry erase markers to check off what you've done. It doesn't matter HOW you organize yourself, just that you do it. If you have to log into the computer each day to find your list, you're not likely to keep it up! Keep it in easy reach, and if you decide later to try a different way, then do it!

Tasks
1. Make the Bed
2. Empty the sink
3. Clear 1 spot of clutter
3. Sweep the kitchen floor
5. Sort the mail
6. Clean the counters
7. Pick up bathroom
8. Pick up the living room (or main living area)
9. Wash, dry & fold 1 load of laundry
10. Organize your chores and record them in a way that works for your family

Week 6 - Evaluate
Now that we've spent 5 weeks rearranging our chores and habits, how do you think you are doing? Is it working for you or do you see room for improvement? Each person and family is different, so there's no "right" way to organize yourself and your household cleaning. This week we need to continue plugging away, as well as evaluating what is or isn't working and brainstorming what might work better for us. For example, would it help you to set out a meal daily for dinner? Would you rather do all your cooking for the week on Saturday, then freeze all the meals and set them out the night before for dinner? Now that you have a baseline set, find what helps you to get more done faster.

Tasks
1. Make the Bed
2. Empty the sink
3. Clear 1 spot of clutter
3. Sweep the kitchen floor
5. Sort the mail
6. Clean the counters
7. Pick up bathroom
8. Pick up the living room (or main living area)
9. Wash, dry & fold 1 load of laundry
10. Add/remove/change routines to work better & faster for your family

Victory Lap
If you've made it this far, congratulations! Post a thread letting us know how it's working for you! Remember, keeping up with it is the hard work. Luckily for you, all your chores are written down so if you have help after the baby arrives you can point them to your box or binder and get them started!
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