Cleaning the house and keeping on top of all the household chores can be overwhelming and never-ending, unless you have a plan. Even though creating a plan may sound time-consuming, it’s actually just the opposite, for the time it takes, it will make your life so much easier.
I’ve been using a cleaning schedule since the kids were really young and most times I do keep on it and when I do, my house seems to pretty much clean itself. Here’s what works for me and my family.
Do a good job, not a perfect one
First thing is you don’t have to do is a perfect job, you just have to do it good enough. This is something I have learned over the years of striving for the perfectly clean home and in my honest opinion, if you plan to be happy and let the kids and hubby be happy, stop trying for perfection. Give each task about fifteen minutes and then move on, there’s always tomorrow.
Keep the cleaning caddy handy
Having one of those plastic caddies that you can gather all your cleaning supplies in one place is great for saving time. What I stock my caddy with is: spray window cleaner, furniture polish, all-purpose cleaner, toilet bowel cleaner (I keep a toilet brush in each bathroom), anti bacterial wipes, clothes for cleaning and a lint free cloth for mirrors (windows). I keep the caddy under my sink in the kitchen so it’s quick to grab and go.
Plan your time efficiently
Just like a cleaning caddy is a great time-saving tool, so is how you use the tools. If you are planning to vacuum the kids rooms, then make today the day you vacuum the whole house. If you’re dragging out the vacuum you may as well do it all at the same time so you aren’t packing it up and unpacking it again. Make sense? Plan your time efficiently.
Here’s how I plan my cleaning schedule
EVERYDAY, I speed clean:
There’s no way I can live without doing my daily speed clean. Reason being is I am such a neat freak, so its second nature to buzz around and clean, but also it’s because keeping the basics done up keeps the house manageable.
These are the chores I do daily:
- Make the beds: I have 4 beds to make and they are done first thing in the morning.
- Laundry: Yes, every single day I do laundry in-between making the beds. You can read about the secret to doing laundry that will change your life!
- Dishes: Every dish in the house is either loaded into the dishwasher or hand washed right after breakfast.
- Bathroom: Quick wipe of the mirror (toothpaste is much easier removed the day it’s landed on the mirror), sink and toilet (you know, just incase). This keeps the bathroom freshened up and easier when it’s time for the big clean.
- Floors: A quick sweep of the kitchen/diningroom floor to pick up all the crumbs.
- Tidy: 10 minute tidy of toys, clothes and whatever else is lying around.
All this can be done in an hour or so. So, that’s 11 hours to do whatever else I have to do!
WEEKLY, I do the big stuff:
- Vacuum the house: Besides the kitchen/dining area, I vacuum once a week. Once I haul out the vacuum I may as well do all the floors.
- Wash floors: This depends on the weather. Here in Ontario we either have rain or snow which can make wiping a floor a daily chore in certain seasons. Other than that, I do my floors once a week.
- Dusting: Bedrooms and livingroom (all surfaces).
- Clean the bathroom: After keeping it fairly clean each day, all I really have to do is the tub.
- Wipe inside of windows: You know, if there’s little finger prints, puppy nose marks or ABCs on them!
- Walls: Spot wipe the walls if needed.
- Bedding: I only do sheets/towels once a week.
- Fridge: Check for anything resembling a science experiment and throw it out!
Update: take out the trash and recycling (thank you, Cheryl, for the reminder).
My weekly chores are usually done by noon on Saturday. I contribute this to the fact that I speed clean every day.
Monthly, I do the heavier jobs:
- Clean out the fridge (this is a big clean, wiping all the shelves and drawers).
- Clean the oven if needed (some months I don’t need to, depends on how often my pies bubble over!)
- Wipe out the microwave
- Tidy the linen closet
- Tidy the coat closet (I find if I do it regularly, then when it’s a new season, the job isn’t so daunting).
- Wipe out the drawers/cupboards in the kitchen (if needed also and this depends on how often the kids cook).
Twice a year, seasonal cleaning:
- Light fixtures and fans: sometimes I need to do fans more, depends how much dust comes in during the summer.
- Walls: I usually wipe them down first of Spring and first of Fall. It feels good to freshen the house.
- Window treatments: After the winter and everything closed for months, I love to do my curtains and blinds. They seem to get really dusty over the winter months. Again in the late fall I will freshen them.
- Ceilings: Although, I usually will do a coat of ceiling paint if it’s too bad, often I will just wipe off any spots I see.
- Kitchen cupboards: declutter, wash and restock.
- Windows and tracking: this comes in when I do the window treatments.
Once a year, everything else:
- A major declutter and clean of my front coat closet.
- Usually a big overhaul of everyone’s closets and dresser drawers. Especially as the kids grow out of their clothes.
- Toy Room: Just before Christmas we go through all the toys and donate the gently used items, trash the broken or missing piece items and restock the shelves with what we are keeping. Read how I used these 3 simple steps to manage the toy overload.
- Storage room and the utility room: We don’t use these rooms much but once a year I like to purge whatever is unnecessary.
Scheduling your chores into sections that are manageable will take the stress out of cleaning. Sit down and plan your own chart so you running from chore to chore without completing any of them. Or wearing yourself out trying to get it all done at once. This is how I schedule my house cleaning and it’s working great so far.
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