Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Making A Fool-Proof Cleaning Schedule

The other day, a few girlfriends and I were talking about keeping up with chores around the house.  Between kids, meals, errands, cleaning, carpool, laundry, and any other mental or emotional breakdowns that happen throughout the day, it is so easy to get lost!

After having little C, I found myself wandering through my day so overwhelmed with everything that I had to get done.  I felt like everytime I started on laundry, someone needed to be fed, changed, or whatever else goes on with having two babies.  At the time, my husband was working ridiculous hours and while he couldn't always physically help with the work, he helped me come up with a plan to organize myself.

So, this is what we did.  We sat down and made lists of the things that needed to be done daily, weekly, bi-weekly, and monthly.
Don't judge, I know my handwriting is ridiculous... :-)
So, once we came up with these lists, the next step was to put it into calendar form.  For this, I just took a blank piece of paper and wrote out four weeks worth of Monday-Friday. 

First, we added the weekly chores, being conscious of when certain things would get done in conjuntion with any weekly commiments that I had. 

After that, I went to bi-weekly.  I split them up pretty evenly and made sure to take time into consideration (not pairing two time consuming tasts together).

And last, I added monthly chores. 
I had considered putting them on a calendar with dates but after thinking about it realized that dates nor length of the month mattered.  There will always be Monday-Friday.

So, once I got it all settled, I wrote it up on my refrigerator calendar my awesome sister-in-law gave me. 

Now, everyday, I don't have to get overwhelmed with a long list of things to do.  Rather I have 2 or 3 things to do each day and it's pretty simple to keep up with.  Obviously, you will have your times when you miss days and have to catch up but that can be done at your discretion.  Those are the times when it is nice to be your own boss!

Anyways, thats my cleaning schedule.  No matter how organized you are, it all comes down to self-discipline and being flexible to work with the variables around you.  Nothing is ever perfect. 

Happy Cleaning!


  1. Nice! Very helpful. What do you define as "deep kitchen" and "light bathroom"? and do you ever do a "deep bathroom"? (guess that would depend on the answer to the first question)

  2. Charlotte, I am so sorry it has taken so long to get back to you! Deep kitchen would just be a deep clean (oven, microwave, etc). When I do light bathroom, I just go over everything with lysol wipes and a quick toilet bowl cleaner. It never takes more than 3-4 minutes a bathroom. Yes, I do a deep bathroom on the second and fourth Wednesdays. Doing it this way has really helped me to stay up on my cleaning so it doesn't get away from me.

    I hope this helps!

  3. I love this. Cynthia from Finding Great Joy responded to my plea for help and sent me to you. I'm going to work on this tonight!

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