Your Schedule and Daily Structure
The Basic Schedule (and the One Rule)
The basic schedule of this class is, obviously, 14 lessons that are broadly meant to be accomplished one a day.
I say “broadly” because you might run into one or two lessons that take you more than one day to accomplish. If you have a specifically dirty area of your house, or a mess that is building up for years, it might make you take two or three days to accomplish one of these lessons.
That said, I would highly discourage you from taking multiple days for more than one or two lessons.
If you have one specifically messy area, it's fine to break it up into two days.
However, clean houses don't stay clean for long. If you take two or three days for every single lesson, it's going to make the class so long that the stuff you’ve already cleaned starts to pile up and get dirty again before you finish cleaning the rest of your house.
The 14-day time limit should feel a little like boot camp to you.
It's going to be unpleasant.
It's going to be intense.
There will probably (definitely) be sweat involved.
However, when it's done you will be incredibly proud of yourself and it will take a 10th of the effort going forward to be able to maintain this new level of clean you have established.
...but you have to put in the work now.
Throw on the movie GI Jane in the background, and let's get cracking.
The Course Structure
You should have gleaned by now that the class is 14 days long. (Duh.)
Here's the breakdown of what happens each day:
Week 1: Cleaning and Plotting
- The Common Areas (Zone 1)
- The Kitchen (Zone 2)
- The Bedrooms (Zone 3)
- The Bathrooms (Zone 4)
- The Hallways (Zone 5)
- The Closets (Zone 6)
- The "Other" Areas (Zone 7)
Week 2: Organizing and Creating Your Plan
- Zone 1 Organization (& Repeating Item Plan)
- Zone 2 Organization (& Creating a Plan)
- Zone 3 Organization
- Zone 4 Organization (& Repeating Item Double Check)
- Zone 5 Organization
- Zone 6 Organization (& Your Ongoing Plan)
- Zone 7 Organization
Follow Up: 1 Month Later
The Daily Structure
Each day you will open a new lecture to find a few things:
- A quick video pep talk from yours truly
- An expanded (written) description of what that day holds
- A workbook section for that day’s task
Here’s the purpose of each of these things.
Your Daily Video
This is your daily dose of face-to-face interaction.
I can't get motivated about a class unless the instructor feels like an actual, walk-around person. Nothing against internet ghost-bots, but I like to pretend I have just made a new friend, you know?
The video should go over the basic plan for the day (briefly) as well as giving you some motivation to actually get your hiney in gear.
None of the videos will be longer than 5 minutes, so it won't take too much time out of your already-crazy schedule.
Your Daily Instructions
This is your in-depth battle plan.
Here we'll go over exactly what's going to get done that day, any instructions or information you need, as well as any other resources I have for you.
Again, this shouldn't take more than 5 minutes or so to read through. It'll also usually feature a great number of bullet points and lists, because all the best things in life come in list form.
Your Daily Workbook
This little buddy is your new best friend.
Each day you'll print out your daily workbook and, as you go through that day's plan, you will most definitely scribble all over it.
Here are the main purposes of the workbook:
- To give you a printable version of your daily instructions so you don't have to lug your computer/phone with you as you clean
- To give you a space to make notes (and later record of what you did)
- To keep you organized, structured, and focused
Important Workbook Sections for Week 1
Your first week will be all about cleaning. In your workbook each day you'll see the following sections:
- Reminder to take before pictures of the dirtiest/yuckiest/most despicable areas of that day's zone
- Notes or brainstorming questions (varies from day to day depending on what zone you're cleaning)
- Cleaning steps (specific instructions for that day's tasks)
- Re-cleaning notes (in a blue box...you will use this later, so don't skip or skimp on this section)
- Organization notes (you'll need these when you prep for Week 2, so, again, don't skip them)
- Reminder to take after pictures of your newly sparkly clean handiwork
Even though your daily tasks will vary depending on what you're cleaning, that's the basic structure for your Week 1 workbook pages. Remember: even though you're cleaning, the better notes the better off you'll be when you go into Week 2.
Go Forth and Clean
So there's your basic overview.
You are now officially prepared to get started and your house should start twinkling like a Twilight-vampire in no time.