Have you ever felt that you wish everything around would just stop, so you can actually get the house work done? I personally, absolutely hate having to stop my cleaning because I have to cook or do something else! Sometimes, I just want to hit that reset button!!
So, I decided to insert a reset time into my routine.
Hitting that reset button is a time of the day, week or even month that you send off as many members as you can, to do any activity, as long as it is away from home AND/OR you beg those you need help from, to stay home. Believe me, it helps to get the children and pets safely doing something else, somewhere else with someone else.
What exactly, calls for a reset?
You will realise when you have come to a point where you feel there is too much to be done to complete your routine or you just can’t accomplish that routine because there is too much stuff in your way or needing your attention. That calls for a reset.
The idea is to reset your home to a point where your routines are efficient and you are basically starting with a clean slate (or in this case, home).
You are going to do this room by room or if the room is in a bad way, then you should consider doing it section by section.
The method is exactly the same as your cleaning system except that it is more intensive. You may need to declutter, organise and deep clean as well as update your systems. You not only put things away, but you move things around and organise them to your satisfaction and needs.
And how long should the Reset take?
How long this process will take depends on how much you have or intend to do and of course, when was the last time you did something like that.
You can actually turn this into your alone time. Put on some music or an e-book or podcast, pour yourself a glass of wine (or a soda) and do all those things you need to, to get your home back to how it should be! To a condition where you can be more productive! And btw, resetting can be a very therapeutic process.
Depending on the size of your home and family, you can do a reset day as often as you need to. You can have a 15 minute daily reset, to put away things and tidy up. That way you have less to do than if you do it once a week or month.
Furthermore, how often your house gets into that state depends on the family and on you and of course, your schedule.
Some of you might already have a good, efficient household routine and you are usually up to date with your chores but just because you keep your home clean, it does not mean your home is organised and functional for you. Organisation is never static. It revolves around the family members and the homemaker’s needs and wants, which are constantly changing. In this case, you should set a reset day for you to reorganise, if necessary, even those already organised cabinets and drawers, to function more efficiently.
Moving one category of things to another location will lead to moving another category out. This might even be quite a few moves to get everything sorted. So, it can take a substantial amount of time.
You can add any other “days” to your routine. For me, my oddjob day is a fortnightly must!!
And now let’s give a mention to Odd Job Day.
I type, into my notes on the phone, all the one-off, mundane, mindless, manual, things that you know need done but somehow, don’t get done. Like changing the linen closet bulb – there is no time to get the ladder and the bulbs… and then fix it and put the ladder back!! Forget it! Not happening!
So, here are some of the things that you can do on your Oddjob Day, if you decide, rightfully, to create one.
- Change bulbs
- Clean the inside of light covers
- Re-adhere all stick ons that are sagging
- Tighten screws on cabinets and drawers
- Turn the hangers to face the same direction and remove any that don’t match.
- Straighten those photo frames
- Sync your technology so you have everything on the go.
- Do your pick ups and drop offs
- Return borrowed items and books
- Anything else, that you need done!
These are the little routines I have added to my basic ones, to keep me productive. If you have any other special days you have created to simplify your life, I would love to hear from you.
With that I bid you Happy Homemaking