A couple years ago I ran across a neat free resource online that allows you to set up a calendar, upload photos, and other things. These items can remain private or you can share them with family and friends. Well, what I found out is that you can set up 9 different calendars if you wish. You could set one up for birthdays and anniversaries, one for your school schedule, and the one I am most interested in, is one for my cleaning schedule.
I set up a calendar just for all my cleaning chores. This includes the weekly chores that I have spread out throughout the week, as well as seasonal type cleaning chores. I liked the idea of doing “spring cleaning” throughout the year, and this way I can schedule items when I want them done. For example, I want to change our furnace filters every other month. I set this up as a monthly item and had it repeat every 2 months. I picked Fridays for my extra and seasonal items, so I just selected the first Friday of the month for that item.
I also picked a room each month (except December) to declutter and deep clean. I listed all the items that I wanted to do in that room and then divided it up over the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Fridays during that month. (Note…I would avoid using exact dates for your repeating items as the days of the week will change from one year to the next. Instead, choose the day of the week, i.e., the 1st Monday, the 2nd Thursday, etc.) Now each week I can just print out the weekly calendar for that week showing what items should be done that week. It is great! I stick it on my refrigerator and cross off the items as we get them done.
It takes a bit to get it all set up, but once you do you will have a cleaning schedule that you will simply print year after year. If something doesn’t seem to be getting done, you can change the frequency of the item very easily. I love it!
If you are interested in checking out this resource, here is the website: http://www.keepandshare.com.
You know…I just thought of another neat way you could use that calendar feature…your menus! Set up menus to repeat every month or every other month so you have some variety. The ideas are endless! Have fun!
For those of you that would like to actually “see” my schedule, here is the link to my cleaning calendar at KeepandShare: http://www.keepandshare.com/calendar4/show.php?i=689752.
You can also subscribe to my iCalendar feed here: http://www.google.com/calendar/ical/6ob37c3uhurb1q3g1eeru9u37s%40group.calendar.google.com/public/basic.ics if you want to add this cleaning calendar to Outlook, mobile phone calendar apps, or Google Calendar!
I hope this gives you an idea of what you can do with this! I love it and look forward to it helping me stay better on top of all the details that I forget to do!