I’ve come up with an iPhone hack that has helped me with house cleaning! If you struggle with keeping your house clean and keep your smartphone in your grip at all times, this could help you out.
Cleaning on a schedule
I’ve been steadily reading Decluttering at the Speed of Life and How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind by Dana K. White. Dana tackles the topic of keeping your home clean when you have a brain like her’s (and mine).
What type of brain is that? One that sees the world as a series of projects – past projects, current projects, and – worst of all – potential future projects.
Projects can be fun but they can really slow you down when you view cleaning and house chores as projects. Project-minded folks think they can only do something if they have a particular amount of time to do it – and that includes cleaning!
Dana recommends using a cleaning schedule so that instead of thinking of the project as “cleaning the whole house” (which is unrealistic), you think, “Oh yeah, Mondays are for washing all the bed linens and the furniture slipcovers.”
Small goals, baby! That’s the key!
Putting that schedule on your iPhone
I’ve told you before that I love to make my own inspirational goalpapers for my iPhone. I’m on my phone more often than I’d like to admit, so I decided to make my cleaning schedule my iPhone wallpaper.
Every time I pick up my phone, there’s my cleaning schedule right in my face. It calls to me: “Don’t check your email! It’s Monday so go wash the bed sheets!”
No one really seems to notice my iPhone wallpaper. I’ve made some schedules that use a huge font and others that are more subtle, with small, faded font on a patterned background. I originally thought it would bring me some sort of public embarrassment, “Hey weird lady with CLEAN BATHROOMS on your phone lock screen – what’s wrong with you???”
Nah, hasn’t happened yet.
How I Make My Wallpapers