I don’t know about your house, but in ours, everything piles up so fast.
The dishes, the laundry, the little trails of crumbs and stickyness. Books, toys, shoes… the works. And if I even let it slip for one day, it starts to feel like we’re living in an episode of Hoarders.
With 4 little tornadoes running around my house, I NEED as much organization as possible just to keep my sanity.
The issue? Every other cleaning schedule I find on Pinterest is RIDICULOUS. I’m sorry, Susan, but how in the world do you keep up with all the things on your list every day? Because in my house, I barely have time to pee alone.
So I decided to make my own schedule for real life. And I thought, why keep it just for myself?
I made the Busy Girls’ Cleaning Checklist, a template for you to pick the best days for you personally to complete each task, and a sample of my own cleaning schedule for you. And I’ll send it straight to your email to simplify your life. Just subscribe by plugging in your info below! (I promise not to pass it along.)
Get the Packet!
Need to simplify and organize your cleaning tasks? Get the Ultimate Cleaning Checklist, Cleaning Schedule Template, and sample Weekly Cleaning Schedule for free!
Go print it now, and use the tips below to make the cleaning schedule that fits your life!
Organize All Cleaning Tasks
First things first. Get out your handy dandy checklist of all the tasks that need to be done. If you need to add anything, go for it! This is all about helping you tame the chaos in your house.
What chores need to be done at your home every day? These are things like doing dishes and wiping down surfaces that get sticky or covered in crumbs often. If you have a big family like mine, it usually means at least 1 or 2 loads of laundry too.
Two or Three Times a Week
These are the tasks that don’t need to be done EVERY day but can’t necessarily wait a whole week either. For us, these are things like wiping down our stove top, cleaning bathroom mirrors, and sanitizing toilets.
We’ve also are a cloth diapering family. Hallelujah for not having to buy disposables every week or two anymore! Why have I not been doing this all along, again? (If you’ve thought about cloth diapering, you can learn about it in my Quick-Start Cloth Diapering post). I’ve found I like washing all dirty diapers every two or three days, so that’s included on my list too.
Once a Week
For each of these, I schedule a particular day once a week. These are things like stripping the beds to wash the sheets and comforters, mopping the floors, and clearing out old leftovers/expired grossness from our fridge to make room for new food before grocery day.
Some may need to be done every two weeks. Some may only need to be tackled once a month or once a season. That’s for you to decide what works in your home. For example, I may wipe out the fridge once or twice a month but only get rid of old toys & clothes once every three months.
Use a Template
Okay, so now all your tasks are organized. How do you come up with a plan for tackling them that actually makes sense and is do-able?
First, let’s be honest with ourselves. If there are things we’d like to do more often but know we don’t reasonably have the time for, we need to go back to the organizing phase and bump them down on the list. Yeah, we’d all like to be perfect and have our home be sparkling clean 24/7, but we shouldn’t create such high expectations for ourselves.
Next, we can start plugging tasks into the days that make sense for us to personally do them. It’s easiest to use some sort of structure to make it visible to you.
There’s a template in your Clean Routine printables packet I sent you. You can print it off, write in whichever tasks you choose to do each day, and hang it in a spot where you’ll easily be able to see it, like on the refrigerator.
Pro tip: Put the template into a slip cover before writing on it. Then fill in your tasks with dry erase marker. This way, it’s easy to switch things up as you find what works best for you.
If you haven’t downloaded yours yet, subscribe below to get it sent to your inbox.
My Cleaning Schedule
Need an idea of where to start? The cleaning schedule I made for our house is included in the packet too!
You’ll notice I don’t like to do all the cleaning for one room in the same day. I’d rather jump around to different parts of the house and get a change of scenery. If that drives you nuts and you’d rather get everything for one room done in one day, go for it! It’s all about making the schedule that works for you so you can actually tolerate it.
You may also notice vacuuming the rugs is missing from my schedule. That’s because my 5 and 4-year-olds do that as part of their chores. There also isn’t a “pick up toys” task anywhere on my list because that’s also their responsibility. It helps me out and also teaches them to be accountable for the messes they make. It’s a win-win, right?
And that’s all folks! Creating a do-able cleaning schedule is as simple as that. It’s all about knowing what needs to be done, how often, and working it into a schedule that fits. Try it out, and let me know how it works for you!
Until next time,
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