Monday, January 30, 2012

PM Schedules

No, this is not a post about my sleeping habits, crazy dreams, or things that go bump in the night (like me when I run into the bedroom door...another story for another time).  This is about preventative maintenance (aka pm).  As Head of Maintenance for LAG Interiors, I am trying to draft the best pm schedule for my crew.  As I stated in my last post, the goal of pm is to keep things running by doing a few quick tasks that will prevent the need for longer, more involved repairs.  In comtemplating my pm schedule, I have been identifing the areas of my house that are most often in need of repair....the bar in the kitchen and the dishes, the laundry, the school room, the children's rooms, the bathrooms, and the trash...maybe I should say THE TRASH...RUN FOR YOUR LIVES!!!!!!  

And then there are the "secret sins."   The parts of our lives most people don't see like the fridge that gets in bad shape almost overnight, the closets where clothes seemingly cower on the floor,  and I really think goblins break into my vehicle at night wreaking havoc!!

These are the areas I need to regularly maintain.  I don't want these pm's to take all day, and I don't think it is entirely up to me to get them all done.  This is what I am going to try.

For myself

  1. A daily load of laundry washed, dried, folded, and put away (with help on this last step)
  2. Load the dishwasher throughout the day, running when it is full and at night even if it is not full
  3. 10 minute pick ups in the school room, kitchen, and my room and bathroom
  4. 10 minute cleansing of my secret sin

For my children

  1. Unload the dishwasher every morning
  2. 10 minute pick ups in their bathrooms
  3. Make beds 
  4. Pick up rooms before bath time

For my spousal unit

  1. Burn the trash daily

What do you think?  Have I forgotten something?  What do you do at your house?  I think it will take about an hour (more or less) to complete all of these items.  More as I train the crew, but hopefully less as we get more proficient.   So here we go! Wish me luck, I have a staff meeting in a few minutes where I will lay out the new plan.   I'll let you know how it goes in a few weeks.


  1. I have begun referring to my routines as my PM schedule, thanks to you. (Something I can grasp since I am also married to a Maintenance Man.) It's amazing what a change of perspective will do for you.

    My current PM schedule is working okay *if I do it*, but it is ever changing. After reading your post, I am adding 10 minutes on secret sins. You've also inspired me to add a 10-minute pickup for everyone.

  2. Ahhh, the forever tricky "if I do it' clause. That really is the secret to everything, isn't it. Maybe we should get some Nike "Just Do It" t-shirts for our uniforms? Any excuse to go shopping! hehehe

  3. lol. There's a great Nike outlet in Branson...Business expense?

    1. Do you think we could deduct the trip from our taxes!!

  4. Running the dishwasher makes a huge difference. huge.

  5. I like to do the paper plates with scented candles in the dark're not making more dirty dishes, it smells 'clean', & the lights are out so nobody sees the mess anyway. Think of it as a romantic candle lit dinner. Voila!! Bliss. Lol

  6. HAHAHAHa, Miz Gray! Where there is a will, there is a way!

  7. I need to be more like this! lol at one point we were at that here but it never last because of my classes...I cant wait till summer cause it always gets better then.

    1. Claire, I am also excited for summer's arrival. I have so many projects planned! Maybe we can get a head start on next year this summer. Now that would be worth a CELEBRATION!

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