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Cleaning Chart in the Cloud

One (of the many) major lifestyle changes that came with purchasing our new home was the immense amount of household chores that were added to my weekly “To Do” list.  Whether it is taking care of the yard, or cleaning the guest bathroom—the work certainly multiplied from our tiny one-bedroom Silicon Valley apartment.

With a schedule filled with traveling, social commitments and long days in the office/commuting, I have not been able to find a good day to just set aside as my “cleaning day.”

Because I love the feeling of a freshly cleaned house (and loathe the feeling of having a dust bunnies in my hallway), I have had to adapt my cleaning practices to ensure things are getting done on a regular basis.

The first (and most essential) best practice that I am using is my Electronic Cleaning Chart.  Yes, I know it sounds dorky, but boy does it keep me on track!  For you techies out there, I keep my household chores on Google Drive (but any other cloud-based spreadsheet program will work).  For me, having online access allows me to check out my chart from whichever electronic device I happen to be nearest to.

The concept of my chart is quite simple.  You list out your what cleaning items you want to track (“Tasks”), how often this should be done (“Interval”), the date you last completed this (“Last Completed”) and a formula, which automatically updates and lists the target date for the next cleaning (“Next Due”).

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I have found a number of benefits of this Cleaning Chart.  First, the chart can be customized. You can add/delete different chores as they come up in your own household.  This has been particularly helpful for me as a new homeowner, because it has taken quite a bit of time for me to realize all the little chores (both inside and out) that we need to do.  As you will see on my chart, I still have quite a bit of work to build out the “Outside Chores.”

Cloud Cleaning Chart 2Secondly, it allows you to compartmentalize your cleaning, by providing an instant “To Do” list from which you can complete what you have time for. With my busy schedule, one weekend I will have only 30 minutes to do some quick cleaning, and on others, I will have the entire morning.  The chart allows me to check off what I have time to do, but keeps me on track so I do not lose the “big picture.”

Cloud Cleaning Chart 3Third, if you have a significant other in your life, this is a great way for you both to synchronize up on household chores.  Maybe you add color-coding to mark chores designated for each party.  Alternatively, maybe you both just chip away at the list, as your schedules allow.  Either way, it keeps your household running, even when the inhabitants are going many directions.

Cloud Cleaning Chart 4Like most habitual tasks in this world, the key is finding what works for you and your own schedule.  Often times this involves testing different methods to see what helps you get in your own rhythm.  The great thing is that the world of social media, including Pinterest and personal blogs, have created a library or resources for you sift through.

While not an exhaustive list, here are a few links to other Cleaning Charts that I found interesting (for those looking for a different method).

Do you have a fabulous cleaning method or process that works for you? If so, we’d love to hear what keeps you on track.

Organizing Makeup and the Top of Your Vanity [Video]

Even though the packaging for the shiny, sparkly and matte cosmetics options available on the market today are beautiful and enticing, these days I want to put fewer products on my face and instead try to enhance my health and appearance through nutritious food and good ol’ H2O.

About 10 years ago, though, I used to put all these products on my face daily.

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It was too much. I had ‘cake face’ makeup. When it rained, I would run for cover because if my face got wet it would look like a melted candle!

Since these items took up a lot of space in my tiny bathroom, I stored the multitude of products in a hanging jewelry organizer. This worked well because the products were easy to grab and easy to put away. However, the layout of the organizer was also a constant reminder of how much stuff I was applying to my face just to walk out the door. (It also took a really long time to get ready in the morning!)

Eventually, I found that I was reaching for fewer items. Happily, I put away the jewelry organizer, downsized the makeup collection and am now using a small acrylic box to sort and store the handful of items that made the cut.

Sure, I still ‘put on my face’ most mornings with a few cosmetics, but I’m confident that I won’t look like a sad clown if I get caught in a downpour. That’s a tiny win.

In my latest video, you can see how I organized my small-to-medium sized cosmetics collection. I show both ways (hanging organizer and divided box). And, you can also take a look at how I organize -and keep clean!- the top of my vanity.

Hope you found these tips helpful!

How do you organize your makeup? Share with us by leaving a comment below!