Household Chores List - Software Features and Use
Version 7.08 is now available! (August 3, 2012)
What’s the best way to eat an elephant? One bite at a time!
Cleaning and maintaining a home can be a big job. Most cleaning lists don't help as much as you would like because:
- they are too generic, and do not take into account your personal needs and preferences, or
- they fail to keep track of all your chores, or
- they make the job appear much bigger than it really is because they list every chore that you will ever need to do, regardless of how often you need to do them.
Let's Clean Up! gives you a personalized cleaning list, keeps track of all your chores, but only prompts you to do the ones that need doing at the moment, based on your schedule and your priorities. It makes your household cleaning job much easier!
The program creates a flexible schedule that changes from day to day or week to week. You tell it what chores you want to do and how often you want to do them. Then each time you clean, you get a list of only the chores that you need to do that day. You choose which ones you want to do, and if you skip chores that are on the list, the program will just reschedule them the next time you clean.
"Everyone has a photographic memory. Some don't have film." ~ Anonymous
Let’s Clean Up! keeps track of all your household chores and maintenance tasks for you.
Sometimes it’s half the battle just to find a system that works. With your busy schedule, it’s hard to remember all the things you mean to do. Relying on your memory for every little thing can leave you feeling anxious and drained. Now you can set your mind free! Let’s Clean Up! makes life easier by remembering all your household chores and maintenance tasks, and reminding you when you need to do them. Even if you choose to skip doing some chores, you can rest assured that you won't lose track of them.
In addition to routine cleaning, you can use the program's household chores list to keep track of chores that you need to do less often, like cleaning or replacing the furnace filter, rotating mattresses, replacing the baking soda in the refrigerator, cleaning out the gutters, and fertilizing plants and trees.
Help your family develop a more cooperative and appreciative attitude.
Do you wish your family would help more when it comes to cleaning and maintaining your home? Do they seem to take your efforts for granted? Do you feel hurt, resentful, or frustrated by their lack of appreciation and involvement? It's hard for your family to be grateful if they don't understand the effort involved in keeping your home clean and well maintained.
You can use Let's Clean Up! to help your family develop a more cooperative and appreciative attitude. The program makes it easy to break the overall job of "cleaning" into a manageable list of doable chores, so all family members can take part. Over time, you can adjust your instructions to provide more or less detail as needed. You can set up the program to produce a complete list of all the chores that need to be done, or an individual list for each person. Everyone in your home will come to understand the workload and appreciate the effort and the results.
"Teamwork divides the task and doubles the success." ~ Anonymous
Help your family work as a team and keep your house cleaning under control.
When you ask family members to pitch in with the household chores, do you feel like you're trying to herd cats? A little structure can really help. The job feels more manageable when you have a set list of chores, and it's easier for everyone to get moving when they can see the finish line. It's fun to work as a team when everyone does their part!
Although it's possible for family members to do their chores whenever they wish, you'll probably find that the teamwork aspect works best when everyone works together at the same time. Try playing upbeat music on the stereo and crank it up while you work. You can even use Let’s Clean Up! to keep track of whose turn it is to choose the music!
"Working together works." ~ Dr. Rob Gilbert.
Take the stress out of managing your household and bring harmony to your home.
Even in homes where family members share cleaning duties, there is usually one family member who initiates and manages all the work. If you're that person, you know how stressful that role can be, especially if others resist doing their part. Although your goals are worthy - to provide a comfortable, healthy, attractive home for your family – you can end up feeling like a "cleaning Nazi".
When you use Let’s Clean Up! and set a regular cleaning schedule, the program becomes the cleaning initiator and manager. You just print the Cleaning Checklist regularly (for example, every Saturday morning) and everyone will know what they need to do. Resistance will disappear as cleaning becomes a part of your family's normal routine. You'll be amazed at how quickly it brings harmony to your home!
One dad who uses Let’s Clean Up! summed it up this way: "When my 13 year old son was planning his weekend activities, I reminded him of the cleaning schedule. He didn’t groan or complain, he simply asked in an upbeat way: ‘What area are we doing this week?’ - I love it!"
"If you ask what is the single most important key to longevity, I would have to say it is avoiding worry, stress and tension. And if you didn't ask me, I'd still have to say it." ~ George F. Burns
Teach your children how to care for their home.
It’s hard for kids to understand and appreciate what it takes to keep a home neat and clean, and part of your job as a parent is to teach them how to do it. Let’s Clean Up! can make the job easier - it's a great teaching tool. You can set up the program to give your children as many details as they need about how to do each chore quickly and effectively, and they will learn by doing. Personal experience really is the best teacher.
When it's time for your kids to move into a home of their own, they will have the skills to keep their dorm room, apartment, or house in good order. They may even thank you one day!
"Wisdom is knowing what to do next; virtue is doing it." ~ David Star Jordan
Hiring a cleaning service? Use our household chores lists to set expectations, track results,
and make sure you get the most out of your investment.
Smart Money magazine has an excellent series of articles called "Ten Things". Each month they describe ten things that some service or sales organization will not tell you about their product. In one such article, they described the "Ten Things Your Cleaning Service Won't Tell You". To read the entire article, click here. According to the article, cleaning services can be " . . . more about a quick clean than a good one . . . In an effort to hit several houses in one day, many housekeepers move through homes like whirling dervishes. That can lead to inattention to detail, loss of property — or just plain bad cleaning."
You can use Let’s Clean Up! to set expectations with your cleaning service and make sure you get your money's worth. Use the program to set initial expectations when you hire a service, and then print a regular household chores list for each visit and ask them to check all of the tasks they completed. Then they'll know exactly what you expect, and you'll have a way of verifying if they're doing the job you require.