I’ve complained before about how hard it is for me to keep the house clean. I really want a nice clean home. It’s not even that I need it to be that clean, but I do want it clean enough to be able to stop hiding and pretending I’m not home when people ring my doorbell.
Cleaning doesn’t come easy for me. I get overwhelmed with clutter, and all the things I think I have to do. I’m short on time. I’m tired. I have hundreds of excuses for why my home isn’t shiny and clean.
But all those excuses don’t make me feel better. I need help. I need a system, and thankfully, Motivated Moms was able to help me finally keep the house clean with their printable 2013-2014 Motivated Moms Chore Planner.
What is Motivated Moms?
Motivated Moms is a company started by Moms, just like you and I who understand how busy and stressful life for a mom can be. The company has been in the hands of a few different women as they raised children, battled cancer, and pushed to get this product into the hands of other women.
If you read their about me page, you’ll see that this program really was created as a way for women to help other women. It’s not about an impossible list of tasks. It’s not meant to keep your home magazine spotless. It’s about helping you be more efficient and purposeful with your responsibilities as a mother. It’s meant to ease your burden, and bring you a sense of peace.
The planner I received has a weeks worth of chores on one page. On the left hand side of the page is a list of daily responsibilities which include things like basic kitchen chores that need done daily, laundry, and personal tasks. On the right hand side is a day by day breakdown of chores.
These chores include everything from cleaning appliances, watering plants, deep cleaning and de-cluttering. They are bite sized, and can be done at any point throughout the day.
My house is clean, right now, as I am sitting here typing this post. I have company coming over in an hour and a half, and I don’t feel panicked about it. The house is not spotless. It’s lived in, and there is still a stack of books and papers in the corner. My home is comfortable. It’s welcoming, and I am able to relax.
I’ll be honest with you, before I started using Motivated Moms diligently, my home was not comfortable. I would have needed hours to make it company-ready.
This last month though, each morning, I pull out my planner sheet for the week, and check the tasks I need to do. After a month, I have a good routine going for the tasks that are the same each day (you know, dishes, laundry and the like) and I have learned to fit in the extra tasks each day between lessons.
When I focus, it takes me about 30-60 min a day to get my chores done. At first, it took a little longer, because the list would tell me to wipe the bathroom counter, and I would first need to clean the clutter so I could wipe it down. After a month of chores, it’s much easier to keep things clean.
I love that this program includes little things too- like watering the plants and trimming the kids’ nails. Maybe people remember these things without needing to see them on a to-do list, but I need to see them in writing. My plants are all still alive and my kids have clean nails. It’s pretty wonderful.
Some days, I miss the chores, and it’s no big deal. I just jump back in on whatever day I left of, and keep going. There’s no need to feel guilty or behind. I just keep on trucking with the daily tasks.
I am so pleased with this program and how much easier it is to keep the house clean now that I am a Motivated Mom!
In a Nutshell
Motivated Moms is a program all mother’s struggling to keep the house clean needs to check out. The eBooks are inexpensive, printable, and easy to use. Each planner contains a daily list of chores, and repeating chores to do each day that will help you stay on top of your responsibilities without becoming overwhelmed. I think any mother could benefit from this product.
The 2013-2014 daily planner runs from July to July and is $8 for a years worth of chore schedules.
There are many different formats and purchasing options, including an App version for mobile devices. Check out all the Motivated Moms options!