Last week, we discussed tips that will help you get your house order. This week, I want to share more about creating a cleaning schedule.
Having a cleaning schedule has helped me manage my home mentally and physically.
Instead of trying to think of everything I need to do in one cleaning session I created a plan that has helped me organize my entire home without getting overwhelmed.
A cleaning schedule can help you and I keep our homes clean and maintained without losing our minds on the many things that need to be done.
Here’s how you can create your own cleaning schedule:
Assess Your Home
Write down all the tasks that need to be done to manage your home. For example, washing dishes, vacuuming, laundry, dusting, mopping, etc.
Incorporate Themed Days
This would be the time to include an office or laundry day to your schedule so that you are prepared to tackle those chores on your designated days. I would also suggest writing down the duties you would like to accomplish on those particular days as well.
We can get carried away with creating schedules and plans, at least, I know I can! Being realistic about what you can get done in a day helps you to stay on track. You may want to limit yourself to about 3- 6 tasks a day or whatever you may feel comfortable with, just make sure you are giving yourself a reasonable workload.
Create A Daily And Monthly Tasks List
Having this additional list will add to your organization, you will be able to see what you need to get done in a day as well as what needs to be done monthly, or even quarterly.
Strategize Your Cleaning
To maximize your efforts, plan certain chores around days like trash or recycle pick-up. For instance, I schedule to clean my refrigerator the day before our trash pick-up.
Make Your Schedule Visual
It is important that you make your schedule visible so that you will use it and create better habits in your home management. Hang it on your refrigerator, place it in your planner or home management binder.
Include a Makeup Day
If you are not able to complete every item, don’t despair, add it to another day or create a makeup day in your schedule. Life happens, give yourself room to handle the task another day if you can.
Here’s a snippet of my cleaning schedule:
- Office Day
- Wash and fold laundry
- Main Bathroom
- Wash and fold Clothes
- Dust and mirrors
- Wash and fold clothes
- Clean Refridgerator
- Upstairs bathroom
- Upstairs hallway
- Master bedroom
- Wash and fold clothes
- Basement bathroom
I also have a daily cleaning list that includes the kitchen, nightly pickup, sweeping, etc.
A cleaning schedule is a great way to stay on top of your housework, use it as a helpful tool, don’t get discouraged if you don’t use it rigorously. Remember, it is a guide to help you.
Don’t have a cleaning schedule? I gotcha covered! Click on the image below to download my Home Cleaning Schedule printable: