How to Get Your House Clean When You Are Overwhelmed {A Motivated Moms Review}

I confess. I really, really, really stink at maintaining a house cleaning schedule. I have good intentions and even some promising beginnings, but I always crash and burn in a heap of overwhelming anxiety and frustration over my house still lacking order.

Not anymore.

I’ve tried so many systems, plans, tips, and schedules over the years that I’m honestly skeptical of them all.  There is one program that I’ve touted here on my blog that is great for doing a thorough deep cleaning of your home come spring, but I still needed something to keep me on task during the every day chaos that is my life.  That’s when Motivated Moms stepped in and wooed me. Since the end of January, I’ve been reviewing one of the Motivated Moms Ebooks and my house is no longer in a state of disorganization!

I used the 2014 Motivated Moms Page Per Day Chore Planner with Scheduled Bible Reading {Black and White} though there are several other ebook options as well as an app so that you can find what best suits your needs in a planner. Rather than containing intimidating tasks that require hours of your time, this house routine breaks down all of your chores into simple, manageable increments.

On every page of the planner, there is a list of daily chores that does not change.  These include things like make beds, empty the trash, wipe down the bathroom sink, and do laundry.  There are even reminders to read to your children and exercise.  If you have the planner that includes a Bible reading schedule like I do, then this is also the section that will include your day’s Scriptures. After using Motivated Moms for a few weeks, you will likely not even need to look over this part.  You will know what comes next and simply use the list as a place to check off the things that have now become second nature to you. This system really helped me develop a solid routine.

Next to that is a section that lists the chores assigned to that specific calendar day along with space to keep track of any upcoming appointments. These lists are not at all overwhelming and split up big jobs like cleaning out the refrigerator over the course of several days.  This approach worked great for me because in the past, I’d often get overwhelmed at the burden that came with trying to get an entire room clean at one time when I simply don’t have a lot of spare time available during the day.  Cleaning in this fashion helped me get each room clean, but in smaller increments. I gained a sense of accomplishment as I watched my house begin to lose the “a tornado just ran through here” look.

I loved that some of these tasks were things that I’d never think to do or didn’t remember to do for months at a time like sweeping off my porch, cleaning out my purse, organizing the hard drive on my computer, or wiping down my washing machine.

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Since this is an ebook, I printed off one month’s lists at a time, hole punched them, and stored them in a three ring binder.  I left it open on the appropriate day on my kitchen table to serve as a visual reminder in the room that I frequent the most and to make it easy to run by and check off completed tasks.  I loved checking off those boxes!

Once I was adept at utilizing the system, I began to delegate tasks to my children as part of their own daily chores as well.  With a quick scan each morning, I could see the things that they could be responsible for according to their abilities and make a notation next to that task that showed which child should do what chore. My eight year old became responsible for sweeping the kitchen and entryway daily and my six year helped to empty the trash.  Make it a family effort and watch the organization begin!

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If you are really busy one day or don’t get to all of the tasks on the list, that’s just fine!  Everything will come up again on the rotation, so you can get to it then!  I tended to just move the tasks that I didn’t complete on to the next day’s schedule.  If I could fit them in then, that was great, but if not, no big deal.  I would just keep “forwarding” the tasks until I got to them or until they reappeared on the schedule.

I have never been more impressed by a house cleaning schedule.  I am sold that Motivated Moms really lives up to its name and helps you get a grip on your house! I am a life long fan! Get your own for only $8.00!

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  1. I love Motivated Moms too! I have used their planner for a few years and even though I look at others, I have never found one that is as simple and easy to use.

  2. danielle says:

    I am a stay at home mom to 2 precious little girls… Ages: 3&1. Although it may seem farely easy to keep on top of things since i am home all the time. The frustration of doing the exacct same things over and over again really seem to get to me. I have lookong into hiring someone to clean my house for me but whats the use when i can do it myself just dont know what to do… any suggestions?

    • I understand where you are coming from. I have 4 small children and we are also home all the time. It is almost harder to keep things clean and organized when people are constantly in the home. I know some hire out help and if that is something you can afford and think would be beneficial to you, then it just might be worth looking into. If you decide not to go that route, then my best advice is to just find a routine that suits your day and try to stick to it, even when it is mundane. It’s easier to keep things in order when you stay on top of it rather than letting it go when you get frustrated(I have SO done this!). Your girls are still small, but as they get older, definitely include them in the daily chores. This post may be of some help to you:

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