| November 6, 2013

When I first learned to clean my own place, I thought Saturday had to be an all day clean-a-thon.

I didn't really have a concept of how to balance the workload during the week so weekends could be reserved for larger projects, or even, you know … fun!

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Now I clean in 20 minutes a day — every day — and things just seem to take care of themselves.

Besides, no one said you had to do everything at once, and even when time seems short, if you can manage one task a day, things should start to work themselves out. Adjust this list as your family's needs require (those with more or less children might require doing certain activities more or less). If it's easier, take a blank calendar and fill it accordingly, so easier tasks are on days where your day is go, go, go, and reserve the more difficult ones for days when things are a little lighter.

Here's five tips to help make the next 30 days a success, followed by a glimpse of the schedule I use: