Friday, 24 January 2014

Inventory Time - Housework / Funwork 4


Yes I love lists! 
As you will know if you are following this series.


So the inventories of each room are very appealing to me.

However I hate to spend a long time at any task (except things on the computer where I could spend my whole day if meals and a husband did not disturb me) so I don't intend to do all of the inventory of a large room at one given time.

This then was part of my reasoning when I chose to do the Ensuite of our bedroom first. Also because the first half of January is always busy for us so to work on a smaller room first makes more sense than our larger bedroom.

It is already halfway through January as I write this and I know that if these bigger tasks are going to be done I need to get on with them and finish off the details for the whole year later.

Developing on from the yearly Schedule found in the previous post of this series, (see part of it below)


I took all the monthly, weekly and daily activities around housework and organising in our home and made another spreadsheet for these.


I know I will think of more things later that should go into my monthly / weekly / daily schedule below but these are my main things for now.  

The idea is to get into a regular system of doing things in small doses so that it will never get to be a real chore and take up lots of time.


Then I placed the bigger tasks into Weeks of the Month along with the monthly tasks and created the first two months of my Organising Schedule.


As you can see I used four weeks to each month and then in any month with five weeks I can either have a week off from the bigger tasks or have it as some catch-up time if I am getting behind.

I did not include the weekly and daily tasks into this as it would make it too cumbersome and probably better to keep them on their own perhaps into todo lists. 



Everyone's house is different and everyone's home life is different so anyone taking on this idea would have a unique schedule.   

Now on to the first main Task of January 

Master Bedroom Ensuite Overhaul

The room is only about 8 foot square so not a huge job.
There is a corner shower, a vanity unit with wash hand basin and a toilet.

TIP 1.
I always have a container with a handle, in which I keep the essential cleaning materials I would need for any room.  Then I can just grab it as I set off to clean.

TIP 2.
I keep one of these in all 3 of our showers.

These are the best ones I have found and I love them so much I bought our son in England one a couple of years ago for his apartment there and our son, who just got married in October, got one in his Christmas stocking (no kidding).
The family are all well warned that they should spray the shower glass doors and sides with a shower cleaner that is always sitting in the shower cubicle then spray with water and then use the squeegee.  This means it is easier when it comes to the bigger cleaning times.
They are from Lakeland and are cheap.



TIP 3.
I use my steamer throughout the house and it is great here for the floor tiles, wall tiles, shower unit base and under the rim of the toilet.  Steam cleans thoroughly.


In Belgium we had a much larger ensuite and I had a large laundry basket in it.  It was really a bit big for this room now so last year I decided to get a smaller white laundry box instead.  I was rather pleased with myself because I managed to put it together without the help of my husband.





I hated my ensuite in Belgium because it was so dark due to the colour of the tiles and bathroom suite in it and also because several of the tiles were broken.  
 I love my ensuite here because even though it is smaller it is so much brighter and in good condition.  
We rented our home in Belgium and the landlord did not believe in updating any of the bathrooms or even the kitchen and hall tiles. 

With everything cleaned down and round and up and under and the shelves in the vanity unit sorted out it was now time for a coffee and I could read some of my book.


Master Bedroom Ensuite Inventory

Out comes the iPad and my inventory app (see first post in this series).

I have very little in this room so this was an easy job.

Although I could tell already that it may be more efficient in future to do the inventory of drawers and shelves while they are being sorted out and not leave it to later.

Obviously I did not do a thorough inventory of toiletries in the vanity unit but I made a list of all the toiletries we are likely to want in the ensuite and have this on another app on my iPad which can be referred to at any time.   The app is called Pocket Lists.   

TIP 3.
I made a note of anything toiletries that needed replenishing so that I will remember to get these the next time I am shopping.



A quick check on the first three weeks in my schedule





WEEK 1

Ensuite overhaul is completed.
Electricity sorted for the month.
Kitchen Floor is washed (another job for the steamer)





WEEK 2

Ensuite inventory is completed.
Book Review done.
Work has been done on the Kids Webpage.




WEEK 3
Microwave has been cleaned.
Kettle & Toaster have been cleaned.
Master Bedroom overhaul has been started but not finished yet.
Some of the Inventory has been done.


So I am just a bit behind but then I started late really so I am quite pleased.
I have not spent a long time at any one part of the inventory or the housework throughout the week so not finding it a hard job so far.      Not a lot of  FUN but not bad either.


Do you think I will get all of January's tasks completed in time?

Check in next week and see if I have.



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27 comments:

  1. Wow you are crazy organized! I'm still unpacking from my move this summer!

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    1. Hi there, we moved three years ago. Last box was unpacked about 3 months ago so you see I had to do something to get myself more organised, decluttered and keep me at the housework instead of getting disheartened.

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  2. I went back and got the app. Thank you. I would have never found this app. I looked for something like this for a while and could not find anything that I liked. I think this will help me out.

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    1. Good for you Deedra. I know what you mean about finding the app. I searched repeatedly and tried other apps and it took me months to find this but it works for me and the house just as I imagined an inventory app should work and not like one for a business. Am I a sad case that an app can make me a happy woman?

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  3. Wow, it sure seems like you've done a great job at getting organized! I'm beginning to feel that the need for Spring cleaning has come to my home!

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    1. Good Rachel now you can join me and we can encourage each other to keep at it and get really organised as well.

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  4. Great information and tips! Good luck on sticking with your schedule and getting it all done. Thanks for sharing with us at the Four Seasons Blog Hop. I will be pinning this to my Cleaning Anything board.

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    1. Hi Betty, thanks for the pin and for dropping by. I'm happy joining in with the 4 seasons blog hop

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  5. Wow! You really are getting organised aren't you?
    Thanks for sharing at Essential Fridays.
    Blessings
    Mel from Essential Thing Devotions

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    1. Hi again Mel, I'm really getting into the swing of this and happy joining with Essential Fridays.

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  6. Sandra, I love lists and charts...it's hard to keep track of everything without them! :) Thank you for bring this to Treasure Box Tuesday- I tweeted this post so others can get organized, too! ;)

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    1. Hi Joy, A girl after my own heart. Happy to be joining with Treasure Box Tuesdays and thanks for the tweet.

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  7. Wow, you are very organized. I am impressed. You have a real gift.

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    1. Hi Laura, not as organised as I have always wanted to be, too distracted by blogging and reading etc. but this is keeping me accountable and determined to succeed.

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  8. I have to say you are far more organized than I am. You are the kind of person that really inspires me. Thank you for sharing this at the Pintastic Pinteresting Party!

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    1. Thank you for the encouragement Sara, this is keeping me working on the organising and cleaning which I would just start and then give up on normally so it is good for me.

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  9. I absolutely LOVE lists, lol! I have to admit that I am not so great on the computer and so I have never made a spreadsheet like you have for my weekly and monthly chores. But now you've got me thinking about it, lol! Thanks so much for linking up to "Making Your Home Sing Monday!"

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    1. Hi there, I love Making your Home sing. Thanks for dropping in .

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  10. That is a really organised way to keep on top of things. Thank you for sharing with Motivational Monday

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    1. Hi there, I enjoy your blog and the blog hop. Nice to see another UK blogger

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  11. love the lists, now to get someone to stand behind me with the whip and make me follow the lists.....lol thanks for sharing on Turn it up Tuesday!

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    1. Hi there, I'm trying to imagine you with a big long list in your hand and someone standing behind you with a whip and I just can't do it. Thanks for dropping in.

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  12. Good luck! Great tips & lists! Thank you for sharing on Whatever Wednesday on Thank You Honey! Hope to see you again next week!

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    1. Hi again Sarah, thanks for the encouragement

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  13. yay i have found someone that loves lists as much as me!! yippee :-) #MoticationalMonday

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    1. Ok Jaime, I can see a battle coming on here, who loves lists the most - I do , no I do.

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  14. Sandra, I love your inventory list and all your cleaning tips. I keep a squeegee in all my showers as well. Thanks for sharing at Throwback Thursday!

    xoxo
    Denyse

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