Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Cleaning Schedule: why I have one and you should too

I just developed a cleaning schedule for myself.
You should have one too.


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Let me tell you why!



Having a clean house is super important to me.


clean house = clear mind!


I feel more together, more creative
and my mind is much more clear.


As the one in our family that does not work outside the home,
one would think that I have all the time
in the world to keep my house clean.





The time that my kids spend in school
goes surprisingly fast at home.
I drop them off and before I know it,
it's time to pick them up again.

In my need to have a clean home,
I have always spend a large portion of every day cleaning.
It's a NEVER ending job.



So I did 2 things:
1.  I changed the way I think about cleaning.
2.  I made a cleaning schedule.

                                                                                                                           

Even with my kids doing chores, keeping up with this house
is a ongoing and n e v e r  e n d i n g  project.

I figured out that
no matter how much time I spend cleaning, 
there will always be more to do.
I may as well not spend ALL of my time cleaning
or worrying about it.


That realization alone made a big difference 
in how I view my home and housekeeping.


I needed to be smarter how I budget my time
and accomplish things.

Perhaps I could relax my strict
"house has to spic and span" rules
to have a happier life!!

After changing my attitude about how much time
I need to spend cleaning a day,
I decided to come up with a cleaning schedule.

My schedule looks like this:

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I planned which chores needed to be done on a specific day.
For example,
after the weekend, 
the laundry needs to be done, everything is full of dust
 and the floors need to be vacuumed.

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Mondays are dusting and floor days.
I do a quick pick up.
I dust all of the surfaces in all of the house.
Doing all of it at once, makes it go really quickly.
Then I vacuum all of the carpet and rugs.

Tuesday I deep clean all of the bathrooms.
I scrub all of the tub/showers, wipe the mirrors and sink,
clean the toilets and then scrub the floors.

Wednesday I clean the kitchen.
wipe down all of the cupboards,
clean out the fridge, clean out the trashcan,
straighten up the pantry, scrub the floor,

Thursday is for yardwork.
I mow the lawn (which I love to do) weed the garden
If I don't do yardwork, then I work on the Living Room.

Friday is my swing day.
I finish up any tasks that haven't been completed
and prep for the weekend.
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I do laundry about twice a week using the method I talked about
in this Instagram post.




I  have been using 
this system for about a month now.

I am happy to say that it is working!!



In my planner, I keep track of what 
chores need to be done on which day with washi tape.

If something comes up and I don't get to a chore,
I have my family help me at night.
That is working very well too.

This system has literally been life changing!
I am way less irritable about cleaning.  
I feel less like the maid in my family.
I am using my time much better and 
feel that I am accomplishing much more.


So that I why I have a cleaning schedule, and you should too!!






Linking up to:
The Creative Circle


26 comments:

  1. Cleaning schedules are great! I can't live without them, or else I'd be all over the place haha.
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    1. I was all over the place for years and years!!

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  2. I hate cleaning and I always do it at the last minute before company arrives. These are great tips, I need to implement them into my life. Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Thank you Leah! I hope it helps!

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  3. I have a similar cleaning schedule. I'm a recent SAHM and at first I tried to do EVERYTHING on one day. I've found a schedule like yours works much better because toddlers can be unpredictable and its just enough chores to finish during naptime.

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    1. Very smart to implement a cleaning schedule during naptime!!

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  4. There are a couple of things I love about this. You made your cleaning schedule simple. And 2, you labeled the chores in your planner. I love the idea of using the washi tape across all of the planner boxes. It looks so permanent, which what you want in order to start a new habit.

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  5. I love this and am opening my planner now to make a schedule!

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  6. This is exactly what I do. :) I have a pretty list that I print out and check off each week. I'm a total nerd and love checking things off. :P

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    1. I love that you have a print out. So smart!

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  7. This is an area I struggle! I like your system might have to give it a try, as I am always in a better frame of mind when the house is tidy! XO

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    1. I hope it works for you Jessica!

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  8. I love this. Even though I don't have a family of my own, I'd love getting into the practice. During the work week, I am very diligent about making the bed before I go to work. It is definitely relaxing and calms me when I return. I don't have a large space but I know my boyfriend could really benefit from this. Thanks for sharing!

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  9. I'm going to steal your cleaning schedule! I really think that it will help me get onto point in my house!

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    1. I hope it works for you Krysten!

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  10. I have a cleaning schedule too. It helps so much! I've switched to weekend cleaning and being off on Monday and Tuesday. My daughter goes with grandparents on weekends so I can clean better with her gone.

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    1. It's so important to do what works best for each of us! I'm glad you have found something that works for you!

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  11. Before I had a cleaning schedule I just could keep up, it has really helped me out a lot!!

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  12. A cleaning schedule helps so much! I like order and I feel better when everything is nice and clean! I have to work hard at it though, so this helps!

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  13. love the list! I am organized outside the home but need to bring some of that organization to the home. Thanks for the inspiration :)

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  14. This is a great idea! Busy moms, either SAHM or working moms need a schedule. I used to have one and think I need to go back to it as I feel overwhelmed with getting everything done. I am a clean freak too! Thanks for sharing your schedule as a guideline.

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  15. I have to have a cleaning schedule or my house would be a disaster zone!
    Jenn
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Thanks for your comments!