Friday, March 19, 2010

Just Call Me A Control Freak

Happy Friday! I cannot begin to tell you all how excited I am that Friday is finally here. About 6 hours of work left – and I’m free for a couple days. :)

As I mentioned on Tuesday, this weekend is Spring Cleaning Part 1 at the our house. Sneaky hubby found a loop hole that has gotten him out of the cleaning. He is playing in a charity flag football tournament next weekend and his team has called practice tomorrow morning. I can’t really be upset about this now can I, it’s for charity. What kind of wife doesn’t want her man playing football for charity? So it looks like it will be little old me cleaning all by my lonesome tomorrow.

I’m pretty sure I may have eluded to this in the past, but I am somewhat kind of okay fine – I’m absolutely, 100% a control freak. I like things to be well planned and organized – you know, basically tied up in a pretty pink bow. When things are disorganized or poorly planned I lose sleep at night. And at this current moment, my entire life is unorganized. My officer hours have recently changed from 8-5 to 9-6. Couple that with the recent time change and my internal clock is spinning out of control! I just can’t seem to get my act together these days.

So in a desperate attempt to create some sort of normalcy and sense of purpose, I created the following cleaning schedule in excel. As you can see – I have outlined five hours of my day tomorrow. I’ve even included the pretty little check boxes so I can feel like I am accomplishing something as I work through my incredibly long list!

Chore Time                                   (Hours)

Dust Living Room & Entry Way       0.25

Dust Master Bedroom                             0.25

Dust Office & Guest Bedroom         0.25

Clean Guest Bathroom                            0.25

Clean Master Bathroom                          0.50
-Clean tub & shower
-Clean toilet
-Clean baseboards
-Clean sink area

Clean Ceiling Fans                                0.25
-Living room
-Master bedroom

Clean Light Fixtures                             0.25
-Kitchen
-Entry way
-Dining room

Baseboards                                         0.75

Sweep & Mop Floors                   1.50

Clean Oven                                         0.25

Clean Blinds & Window Panes     0.50
-Kitchen
-Living room
-Master bedroom

Total Expected Time (Hours):       5.00

(I'm SUPER frustrated because the formatting didn't come through correctly when I copied and pasted from Excel.  You can't see my super cute check boxes. And the numbers are all out of alignment.  I promise, in true control freak fashion - my schedule in Excel is banging! If you would like to borrow my schedule to create a detailed list of your own - just let me know and I'll shoot you a copy!)

I know this may seem incredibly strange to many of you. Who really wants to put their chores on paper? Who wants to know that five hours of grueling, mind numbing cleaning awaits you on a beautiful Saturday? Me – that’s who. I know what needs to be done, I have my game plan. I can monitor my progress and determine if I am moving quickly enough through my list.

Like I said C.O.N.T.R.O.L F.R.E.AK! I just simply cannot help myself. And yes, I will sleep better tonight knowing that I have this handy little schedule to walk me through my mountain of cleaning tomorrow.

So I hope that you all have better things planned for what is looking might be the best Saturday of 2010 in much of America! If all goes as planned, I’ll be finished by 2 pm tomorrow and Dixie and I might just have to go for a lovely run!

13 comments:

MG said...

Ha! I am a control freak as well! So much so that I refuse to let the hubby clean because I never feel like he does it correctly! I.E. he vaccummed the carpets yesterday and I had to hold my tongue b/c I didn't like the pattern he made! You can't get mad when they try!

I used to have an excel cleaning sheet until the Motivated Moms calendar, I find that is working well without burning myself out with cleaning!

Abbie said...

I'm such a control freak too! I wouldn't even let my husband clean our house because he never did it right and then I'd have to re-do it! Haha!

Mateya said...

I think this sounds like a great idea. I may have to start doing this! I always like having a list of tasks...it feels so good to check something off!!

Kelly Marie said...

It's a great idea - nothing beats organization!! We have too small of an apartment at the moment to require that much time in cleaning but when we move I'm definitely going to be asking for lists!

Brittany said...

Oh my goodness, you crack me up!! lol and I thought I was bad ;-) I would be happy if my significant other had other plans because that way I would know the cleaning would be done correctly.. because in my eyes, NO ONE can do it as good as you can :-) That's probably why I won't let him wash my car or anything because I do it better haha.

Kelly said...

I'm a little ADD so I have my list to keep me on target. Otherwise I will start in the kitchen and take a toy to Camerons room and get sidetracked. Start cleaning Camerons room and realize that he needs some clean clothes. Start the laundry and decide to .... so at the end of my 5 hours my house is still a wreck, I have several tasks started, none finished and my day has been wasted.

So I'm with ya on the list! Just different reasons.

Alissa said...

Haha do you take house calls? I could use some help too. I need you to send some of your energy on over this way.

Katie said...

you are TOO funny. i'm the opposite. i let things go as long. as. humanly. possible. good luck in your cleaning ventures this weekend! hope you get to take dixie for that run!

brittany said...

hahaha are we twins?! i do the same thing. and then i start looking for ways to shorten it and if i finish under my ETA, i have a glass of wine (to celebrate, of course).

just wanted to let you know you aren't alone ;)

Meagan@Megs7827 said...

You crack me up! That is hilarious! I need to do that!

Kara@Pickerill Prattle said...

Love your idea! I always feel great when I have a checklist and I am able to check an item off!

P.S. See if you can save your excel doc as a JPEG if you wanted to post it so we can get the full effect. I would love to see it in all of its glory!

Heather Martin said...

WOW! I plan a lot and i cant imagine making a schedule of cleaning time. LOL I hope your spring cleaning went well.

Stacey said...

HMM!!!



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