I began pinning cleaning schedules and family planners like there was no tomorrow! I really loved the idea of the family planners I looked at so many of them and was so overwhelmed by them that I basically just decided that a planner just wouldn’t work for me, at least not right now.
I have found several cleaning schedules that I like and I finally settled on one of them.
Here are some of the schedules and I looked at.
Clean House Worksheet at Life On Paper
Daily Housekeeping Schedule at Time - Warp Wife *This is the one I based mine off of.*
Daily Chores and Deep Cleaning Monthly Schedule at Six Sisters’ Stuff
My schedule goes something like this…
Monday: Clean BathroomsClean showers/tubs, toilets, sinks, counter tops, and mirrors, sweeping/mopping floors, and emptying trash cans
Tuesday: Clean BedroomsChange bed linens, picking up any dirty clothes that missed the hampers, decluttering dresser tops and bedside tables, and picking up toys in AJ’s room
Wednesday: Grocery Shopping/Errands
Thursday: Clean Kitchen
Do dishes if needed, (“A” always leaves dirty dishes in the sink. The dishwasher is right next to the sink man!!), disinfect counters, stove and appliance surfaces, clean sink, declutter kitchen table and disinfect, declutter kitchen window seat, empty trash can
Friday: Clean Floors
Saturday: Clean Living Areas (Formal dining room gets lumped in here too)
Declutter rooms, straighten couch pillows and throws, and dust if I feel so moved
Sunday: Church and Family time!! J
Dishes, basic kitchen tidying, and picking up toys in the family room are done daily and I just do laundry a few times a week whenever I have spare time( My fantastic hubby helps with the laundry too.).
This is just a basic daily cleaning schedule that I use to keep from getting overwhelmed and trying to do too much at once. I am fairly flexible with it so that if something comes up one day and I don’t clean one of the rooms I just add it on to another day that I’m able to squeeze it in or switch days around if I need to. I don’t include things like cleaning baseboards, or dusting blinds and light fixtures in this schedule. (I am still in the process of finding a monthly deep cleaning schedule that I like and will have those things on that schedule) Of course you can make your schedule anyway you want, to include or exclude anything you like. One of my friends recently asked about my schedule and she was very much against the idea of having a Saturday chore. I saved the living areas for Saturday because they’re quick and easy! ;)
My only real advice is to look around for ideas out there and then make something work for you. I realize how ironic that statement is since I have such a hard time “making something work for me” but it’s true. Start with a schedule, try it a while and play around with until you find something that fits your needs. Keep it simple so that when you do need to be flexible on a crazy day it won’t throw the whole week off. Most importantly, if a schedule freaks you out, don’t use one!! The point is to make things easier on you and if it just stresses you out or overwhelms you then toss it out the window and do what you can when you can!