Ever since I moved out into my own home, I’ve struggled with keeping up with cleaning. I used to save all my chores for my days off and then have to spend hours cleaning over the weekend when I’d rather be doing anything else.
I decided it was time for me to create a daily cleaning schedule that would allow me to keep up with cleaning each day rather than saving it all for one marathon day of cleaning. I’m not completely opposed to chores (except folding laundry, but that’s another story) and if fact I like to have a clean and tidy home. But there are certain things I tend to always put off, especially when I’m doing a ton of other chores all at once. Usually cleaning the bathroom and mopping the floors gets put to the bottom of my list.
With a daily cleaning routine, you have one simple task or area of the house to clean each day. This makes doing chores more manageable over the whole week rather than saving them all for one day or not doing them regularly. The goal isn’t to make you feel guilty or stressed about cleaning, but to simplify the process and relieve stress through organization. (PS- A cleaning schedule isn’t just great for working people! It can help save time for students and stay-at-home parents as well!)
It’s important to make your cleaning schedule work for you. A quick search on Google or Pinterest will show you a plethora of other people’s cleaning schedules. Those are great inspiration and would make a good bouncing off point, but following them verbatim probably won’t get you very far. Your cleaning routine should work around your schedule and be relevant to what type of tasks need to be completed each week.
For a example, a couple living in 1-bedroom apartment will have a very different cleaning need than a 5-person family living in a 4-bedroom house with pets. A stay-at-home parent with 2 toddlers would probably have a different cleaning routine than a working parent with teenage children.
Here’s a simple 3-step guide for creating the perfect cleaning schedule for your life:
STEP ONE: SET YOUR SCHEDULE
Decide how many days per week you would like to schedule a task. I only schedule tasks Monday-Friday but you may find it easier to do 6 days a week, 3 days a week, or skip days where you have a busy schedule. You may also choose to utilize a flex day where you do a different monthly task each week. Also think about how long you would like to spend cleaning each day. Some people may want to clean for an hour 3 days per week, or some people like me may want to do less over more days. You could also save everything to do on one marathon cleaning day, if that’s what works for you.
STEP TWO: CREATE YOUR TASK LIST
Brainstorm a list of possible cleaning tasks. Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Clean tubs/showers/toilets/sinks
- Declutter/dust/wipe surfaces
- Vacuum and mop floors
- Wash sheets
- Put away laundry
- Clean fridge/freezer/garbage disposal
- Organize pantry
- Sort mail
- Declutter desk space
- Clean windows/mirrors
- Clean car inside and outside
- Clean kitchen counters
- Clean stove/oven/microwave
Group your tasks into categories, for example bedrooms or surfaces. Keep combining chores together until you have a group to cover each day. For example bathrooms on Monday, vacuuming Tuesday, dusting and clearing surfaces on Wednesday, etc.
STEP THREE: WRITE IT DOWN
Write down your weekly schedule and post it somewhere you’ll see it every day. I have created my cleaning schedule in my bullet journal for easy reference. If you don’t use a bullet journal, I suggest putting your schedule up on your fridge, by your cleaning supplies, or in another place where you’ll see it everyday. After you’ve followed the schedule for a few weeks you’ll start to remember which days are which, but having the schedule posted will be good motivation to stick with it.
While creating a cleaning schedule may seem like a daunting task at first, in the long run it can save you a ton of time and energy. Cleaning is usually the last thing on our minds, so make it easier on yourself and pre-plan your schedule. It’s really working for me and hopefully it will make your life a little less stressful!