Housecleaning on a Schedule
How do you keep your house clean without spending all day cleaning it? My best tip, is to do a little each day. Each day will take an hour or less, when kept up. And just think, one hour a day for a clean house all week!
Here are the basics:
Every day of the week, there will be some things that just need to be done, so these will be Daily on the list. These is things like: Dishes, Laundry and Making the Beds. Around my house, the kids are responsible for making their own beds in the mornings. Since this rarely gets done, their beds just stay messy until they go to bed that night. However, the marriage bed gets made every morning. It just makes me feel better to walk into the master bedroom and see a made bed.
Mondays are set aside for bathrooms. This includes everything in the bathrooms, the floors, mirror and don’t forget to empty the trash.
Tuesdays are set aside for bedrooms. This includes cleaning the sheets and bedding, dusting, straightening the clothing and vacuuming. If you keep a second set of sheets, this whole task can take just 30 minutes. Of course, allow extra time for the first time you do it, since there may be more straightening up to do.
Wednesdays are set aside to give the kitchen a thorough cleaning. This is a good time to degrease the microwave and stove top, wipe down all the counters and really give a wipe down to the fronts of those cupboard doors. Don’t forget to sweep and mop the kitchen.
Thursdays are a blessing in disguise. I set this day aside to menu plan for the following week. This helps me organize my grocery list. And then, this is errand day. Need to grocery shop, drop off dry cleaning, pick up prescriptions….this is the day. It is nice to be out of the house for a while, right?
Fridays are set aside for cleaning those floors (and dusting). When my girls were little, I obsessed over my floors. I actually did them 7 or more times per week. YES! I am serious! Now that they are older, once a week is plenty to keep me satisfied. Dust the common areas such as the living room, family room, dining room, etc. Don’t forget those ceiling fan blades. After dusting, vacuum and mop all floors in the common areas.
That is it! Really, it only took an hour a day for 4 days a week to keep your house clean. But, what to do on the weekend? Well, on Sundays, let’s take that as a rest day, you worked hard all week, after all. And on Saturdays, I like things that the kids can help with. Washing the cars, tending the garden, cleaning the yard. Anything that keeps us outside and active. If none of that needs to be done, a family hike seems like the perfect chore for a Saturday morning, right?
There are always things to do monthly as well, things like changing your a/c filter. So, I put a few on my list and add to it as I need to.
So, I don’t expect you to print out this article and put it on your fridge, but I did make a handy-dandy printable housekeeping chart. You can print this and place it on your fridge to keep you focused on your goal.
Have you tried this method? If so, let me know what you think. Also, I am sure I am probably forgetting something, so let me and other readers know by leaving a comment.
Grab your FREE printable Housecleaning Chart – HERE.