I don’t know about you, but I DO NOT enjoy cleaning. And it only got worse when I had my son, Tobias (the 1-year-old machine of destruction). I know that I do my best when I have something to use to hold myself accountable. My favorite accountability tool is a list, so I wanted to incorporate that into my cleaning house. And a cleaning schedule was born!
Why Have a Cleaning Schedule?
Everyone knows how to clean. Sweep, mop, vacuum, wipe, dust. It’s relatively straightforward. Then why do you have trouble fitting it in and having a consistently clean home?
It’s really hard to make yourself spend so much time on something that you don’t want to do. So holding yourself accountable becomes crucial. A great and simple way to achieve that is creating a list.
Having a list not only gives you accountability to yourself, but also a way to see your progress. Every time you finish something you get to check it off. By doing this, at the end of the day when you look around the house and see the 10 things that you didn’t do, you can look at your list and see that you still accomplished 5 things.
At least for me, this is a big deal. I love having the feeling of accomplishing something during the day. And having Stuart be able to come home to a (relatively, I do have a child) clean house is a great feeling too. Being a stay at home mom it can feel a lot like I don’t do anything all day. So by creating my cleaning schedule I took away some of that feeling and replaced it with a sense of accomplishment. And achieving that alone, is a great feeling.
So let’s get your cleaning schedule going so you can feel this way too!
How Do I Do This? Daily? Weekly?
Figuring out exactly what works for you will be the biggest thing you have to do on your own. It’s mostly based on what your schedule looks like. I have most of my cleaning during the week while Stuart is at work, so that we get time together on the weekend. But the average family works during the week and has most of the time on the weekend. So you’ve got to come up with what works best with your lifestyle.
To an extent, the basic idea can work for everyone. So take what I’ve got and build from there.
- Daily – quick to do items that get out of hand quickly if not kept up.
- dishes, trash, sorting mail
- Weekly – 15-30 minute tasks that become larger if left too long.
- laundry, cleaning toilet/tub/sink, going through fridge
- Monthly- projects that take longer to show wear and dirt.
- wash window coverings, inside oven
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Setting Up a Weekly Cleaning Schedule
Once you separate everything out and figure out how often you need to do everything, you can figure out when you want to do everything!
Personally, I like to do a little laundry each day so I don’t have to do 6 loads in a day. Because folding makes me sad. Then, I try to give myself 1-2 items off the weekly list each day. I mostly separate them by room so that each room is done as a whole. So when you are getting setup think kitchen, bedroom, bathroom.
On the day you are going to wash your bathroom towels, also wipe the bathroom mirrors, clean the toilet, and do a quick scrub on the tub and shower. This is one of those things that cleaners need to sit for a few minutes but the active process is quick if you do it often enough. So doing it all at once and utilizing your time properly can make cleaning the whole bathroom go pretty quickly.
The other thing you have to take into consideration is your family members. I have a toddler and soon an infant. I also have a yellow lab that sheds 5lbs of hair every time he moves. So vacuuming at least a few times a week is necessary. I break up the house a bit and do it generally with the rooms I am cleaning for the most part. The exception is that I do the main living areas or high traffic areas more often. I get an entire canister out of each of our living areas twice a week!
So once you kind of think about your lifestyle and family, you’ll have a general idea of what will work best for you.
Now all you have to do is get started! Taking the 5-10 minutes to think through and set up your cleaning schedule will give you accountability to keeping your house clean. Having a place to check everything off as you go will make you feel accomplished at the end of the day. Even if you didn’t get to several items on the to-do list.
I hope setting up a cleaning schedule helps you the way that it does me. Good luck! And enjoy your clean(er) house!
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