Cleaning ScheduleMonday, February 2, 2015
Organizing and having things neat and tidy make me very happy. I feel more relaxed and like my life is in order. With a pretty cram-packed daily schedule, I decided to come up with a plan to do a little bit of cleaning each day so my house doesn't get out of hand. By dividing up my chores throughout the week, my house not only stays clean but I actually feel on top of things too!
I designed this schedule around what I have to do on certain days of the week, making sure I had time to complete my cleaning/chore activity as well as get everything else on my to do list finished. If you are looking for a similar type of cleaning schedule in your life, feel free to edit this as you see fit so it works for YOU. I started by writing down every chore I wanted to make sure was completed each week, then also writing down if I had regular activities on certain days. Then I assigned tasks to days until I had a schedule that I was happy with.
Monday: bathrooms, trash
We luckily only have 2 bathrooms in our house so the bathrooms don't take me near as long to complete as they used to (in our house in Alexandria we had 4!!!). I always scrub the counter, sink and toilet plus clean the mirror. Since I use a shower spray after I take a shower each day, I don't have to do a deep clean of the shower every week. Depending on how dirty the floors are, I will either sweep and mop the bathroom floors on Monday or if they aren't very dirty I will wait until Thursday when I sweep and mop the rest of the house.
Trash is taken care of by Tolar.
Tuesday: dusting, grocery store
I dust all surfaces in our house, nothing is left untouched!!! Since I normally work on Mondays and Wednesdays, Tuesdays are usually reserved for me to do our big weekly grocery run.
Wednesdays seem to be pretty full, so I just vacuum on this day. We only have 3 rooms with carpet so this chore is done pretty quickly.
There are a lot of hard wood floors in our house which collect a lot of dust. I always sweep everything first then go back and mop. If I didn't sweep/mop the bathroom floors on Monday I will add them to my Thursday routine. I always sweep and mop our kitchen, dining room, living room and hallway.
On Fridays I try to declutter the kitchen. Whether that be finding a home for miscellaneous items that made their way onto the kitchen counters or finding new ways to place our kitchen utensils so the counters stay clear. I always scrub the counters, microwave and the stove, clean out the fridge and wash up any dishes that didn't get washed in the dish washer earlier in the week.
First thing on Saturday morning I will collect all towels around the house and throw them into the wash. Then I will change the sheets on all the beds and wash sheets as well. I absolutely love crawling into a bed with fresh sheets so Saturday is kind my favorite day.
Sunday: meal plan
Sundays are always cram packed with church in the morning and a small group at night, so I only meal plan on Sundays. This is a great way for me to feel prepared for the week. I check our social calendars to see where everyone will be and decide from there what we will have for dinner.
Daily: laundry, pick up clutter
I try to stay on top of our clothing laundry and do a load each day if we have enough (sometimes we only have enough for every other day, but I always check). Our washing machine is pretty small, so I can't wash a ton at once. Each night once Baby K is in bed, I will walk around the house and pick up any clutter. I like to live in a house where everything has its place, so the picking up clutter portion of my day doesn't take long at all. And this chore goes without saying, but I always wipe the counters and wash the dishes after cooking dinner.
There you have it! By designing a daily routine, I don't have to devote hours each Saturday to cleaning my house. A little bit of cleaning each day seriously cuts down on my time and helps me relax a bit more.