Friday, 10 January 2014

I Love Planning - Housework/Funwork 2

What is Funwork?

We all know what Housework is  

                           BUT  What is Funwork?

What is FUN?

If something is fun it is something that makes you happy, so my definition of Funwork is

        "housework that results in you being happy & is not a real chore by taking ages to do or being very hard work".

So getting back to
       
              "A Place for Everything and Everything in its Place"
                                                     
                                      referring to the previous post in this series Everything in its Place


I thought about all the housework that needed to be done, all the inventory work that needed to be done and decided there was a year's work in all of this.


But as I said last time


                          I need to ACT.

So out came the pen and paper.


Yes I know I love my iPad and all the notes apps and todo list apps and calendar etc. but just sometimes we still need a pen and paper.   This is definitely FUNWORK for me because I love making LISTS

PLANNING


First things first 

 A mug of coffee


Secondly 

I listed all the rooms in our house   -  21 were listed and I know that sounds terrible but I did include the outside areas and large storage cupboards and the hall and stairs.




Thirdly

Then I had to group some of them together because I didn't want to be taking one place each month and need to use 21 months.
I do not like the idea of a Big Spring Clean effort at one time of the year and it certainly has never suited our home life, so I prefer to space it out throughout the year.
I also didn't want to have too much to do in any one month and then too little in another month so this is what I came up with as a plan for the 12 months of this year and could then be repeated each year.
The first year would involve overhauls and inventories of each room which would mean more effort and time but subsequent years would be easier as the inventories would only need to be checked over and not created.


Most months have 2 rooms or areas.
Some months only have 1 room or area because it is a bigger task (Feb, July) or because I may need to do some catch-up (Nov) or because there will be other extra things happening that month (Dec)
Some months have 3 rooms or areas because these are smaller rooms or involve smaller tasks (June)
I also joined together Hall & Stairs because that was a logical thing to do and Garden has been spread over the months which naturally involve the heavy garden work before and after summer.


Fourthly  

I went back to my inventory app and made sure that I had all of these places listed in it and walked round the house making sure that I had all the drawers, cupboards, chests, wardrobes, shelves etc. listed within each room.


Fifthly

Another Mug of Coffee.                                            



Next Step?

Well I didn't really want to distract from the enjoyment of the coffee (it was a special gift from our Korean friend who has his own cafe and such good coffee it is too) so I'll think about that later.



Well this week was all the planning and preparing stage so I guess I'll just have to buckle down to the manual stuff next week.   Of course I did have to take down all the Christmas Decorations and pack them away and sort out generally for after Christmas so I still think I deserved those two good coffees.



Why not check back in with me on Fridays to see how I'm doing with the organising, decluttering & housework to try to keep it more fun-work than drudge-work,

 and encourage me to keep at it all.


Have you ever decided to have a yearly schedule similar to this?
Did it work?

Or maybe you have a completely different approach?  
Does it work?



Each Friday I will be doing a "Housework/Funwork" spot so why not drop in regularly and we can encourage each other.


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25 comments:

  1. I consider myself to be quite organized, but have never done this. We're currently in the process of replacing the flooring in our house, which forces me to organize since everything has to be removed and (less of it) put back!

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    1. Hi Lisa, yes it usually takes something big like a home project or moving house etc. to get us motivated to declutter and organise ourselves. All the best with the flooring

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  2. What a great plan! I hope you continue to make progress!
    Thanks for sharing at Essential Fridays.
    Blessings
    Mel from Essential Thing Devotions

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    1. Hi again Mel, yes I was making progress today on that inventory but then took a break to come on the blog instead, I'm good at reasons for taking a break.

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  3. Wow that is some great organization and great way to keep things under control! I did some major organizing a year or so ago which has helped but this would help keep you on top of everything! THanks for sharing on the Four Seasons Blog Hop!!

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    1. Hi Terri, I do hope it keeps me on top of things because I don't want to spend more time than I need to on the housework when I could be reading a good book or blog.

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  4. You have a great plan and I think it is easy to make cleaning fun! Thanks for sharing.
    Freemotion by the River Linky Party Tuesday

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    1. Good Connie I'm glad someone agrres with me that it should be more fun than a chore.

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  5. Hmmm, you have me adjusting my vision for housework! I like the ACTS acronym! Nice post!

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    1. Hi Dawn, come join me so that we don't have to work too hard.

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  6. I admire you for tackling this methodically. I wish I could do the same with just my one craft room and divide it into the different cabinets and drawers! Patsy

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    1. Hello Patsy, nice to meet you. I just hopped over to your google profile and would like to welcome you to Northern Ireland from your home in the Philippines. Added you to my circles while I was there too. You see Patsy if I do not do this methodically I will never complete my goal of the whole house in the year because I will just slip off with a coffee instead of motivating myself to keep going. Being able to tick something off is good for me. I don't have a craft room just a study where I do my blogging, crafting and storing books etc. so I don't have a lot of space for my crafts but that will have to be tackled with the study in one of the future months. Stick with me and be encouraged too.

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  7. I need to declutter myself - good luck with it all.

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    1. Hi there, thanks for dropping in. Why not keep in touch with the Fri posts and let me know how you are getting on with the decluttering, maybe you can give me some tips too.

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  8. Wow! You are organized. Love your system! Thanks for sharing on Whatever Wednesday at Thank You Honey!

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    1. Sorry I missed this earlier, thanks for the encouragement and thanks for hosting.

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  9. This sounds like a great idea. I have been meaning to do something like this. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Hi Judith can't understand how I missed these two comments previously. Hope you've got started on this all.

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  10. ...and then another "mug of coffee". Mmm. :) Thanks for the post {via Jordan's Onion}

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    1. Hi Becky thanks for dropping in from the blog hop. Yes always an excuse for another coffee.

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  11. I'm so good with planning. I could spend hours doing this and feel so good about it. But I have a harder job turning the plans into action!

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  12. This sounds like a good approach to what can seem like a daunting task! I'm thinking about giving it a try! Visiting from LOBS!

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  13. The coffee will keep you focused...this is a great post. Thanks for sharing and linking up with us at the #WWDParty.

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  14. Wow, a year in advance! I usually end up planning more than I can do.

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  15. Wow. You have a big house. Mine is kitchen, pantry, bathroom, children's bedroom, our bedroom. However, if you're including outside stuff, I'd have to add chicken coop, main garden, potato garden and barn.

    I totally admire your organization!

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