A clean house is a happy house, at least that’s how it works around here. I get so stressed and easily annoyed when my house is a mess. My boys tend to argue more, have a hard time playing, and are grumpy as well. Keeping my house clean was fairly easy before I had 2 kids, but nowadays, it’s a challenge and a half! I needed help so I looked up how others clean their house and do all the daily chores without spending the whole day cleaning. I found a few ideas and tried them but I had to come up with my own cleaning schedule before anything really worked. Once I figured it out, it’s alot easier to manage. I’m not perfect at it and my house isn’t always spotless, we do live here after all – which brings me to my first point.
Give yourself grace
Your house will not be picture perfect all the time and that’s ok. If you have kids, enjoy them while they are young, because those 18 years are going to go by so fast. Babies, toddlers, little children, preteens, teens, they all will make for different challenges and they all affect the household chores differently. Do your best and forget the rest but most of all enjoy the time you have with your kids and help teach them to clean as well. Then they can help get everything done which leaves more time for fun.
Ok, now that you don’t expect too much of yourself and know to keep your daily expectations reasonable, let’s get started. Print the cleaning schedule worksheets below. Here is how I created my cleaning schedule and how you can as well.
1: Make a Cleaning List
Start by writing a list of all the cleaning that needs done around your home. This list should include everything like rooms, laundry, bathrooms, floors, kitchen, daily chores and deep cleaning tasks. When it comes to daily chores, keep them to those things you would like to do everyday like the dishes, counters, etc., and are realistic with the other household chores. I created a printable to help you list all your items and here is what mine looked like. It looks very overwhelming like this, but don’t worry, we will simplify.
2: Choose Cleaning Days
Choose what days you clean and the days you don’t. If you are able to get it done in 3 days, do that if you like. You could clean on Monday Wednesday and Friday if that’s what works for you. I prefer to clean a little Monday through Friday and have the weekend be just daily chores and catch-up.
3: Create cleaning groups
I clean Monday through Friday so I had 5 different groups for A-week and a B-week , 10 groups total. I put my least favorite task on my most motivated day which is Bathrooms and Monday. I divided them up between A-week and B-week so it wasn’t to much in a day for me. Since bathrooms have towels, I do that laundry on Monday as well. It just makes sense to me that way. Monday was a full day for me with bathrooms, so I started adding tasks that I wanted done each week and on different days. For instance, clothes laundry is every week and keeping it on the same day makes it easy to remember. I split up who’s laundry is done on what day because I can’t do 8 loads of laundry in a day. After that, I filled in the Bedrooms and remaining rooms. I explained more about each day and why I organized it a certain way in my cleaning schedule post, which you can read here. Now find a pattern that works for you. Are you the type who likes to clean all the floors at the same time, do all the laundry in a day, or are you more of the work on areas type? I’m a little of both. I like to clean all the bathrooms in the same day but I like to spread out laundry and different bedrooms. I do have them grouped though. If it’s the babies room that’s scheduled, then I do his bedding, vacuum and dust in his room. It’s groups that make sense to me. You may want to do groups that are everyone’s clothes laundry in a day and then vacuum and dust the whole house another day and do all the bedding another day. It’s what works for you. Remember to only plan as much laundry per day that you can reasonably get done.
Write all the deep cleaning and Extra chores on the final cleaning schedule as well. My boys do the extra chores when they want to earn something or help out. Its a nice way to teach them and let them learn.
4: Look it over
Once you’ve done that, look at how the week is scheduled, are some days to full and others not enough? Rearrange and move things around until it feels like each day is planned how you’d like it and realistic in what you can accomplish. Keep things grouped as much as possible so it’s easy to remember what your doing but change up your groups if needed. I don’t recommend bouncing around from kitchen floor to kids bath to master bedroom. They don’t flow together well. Keep looking it over and find the best on paper solution you can. Once you’ve found it, copy it onto the final cleaning schedules included in the download.
5: Try it out!
Once you have everything planned how you hope it will work the best, give it a try! If it doesn’t work then move things around til you get to what works for you. If you wake up Monday and really want to do all the laundry instead of clean the bathroom or what is planned, then switch those day. And there is always next week to catch up. Be flexible. Don’t hold yourself strictly to the schedule. If you need to switch a day or 2 or if you just don’t get to it that week, it’s fine. Here is my completed cleaning schedule.
This may not work for you, and that’s fine. We are all different and things work better one way than another for each of us. This is just an idea on how I clean my house, that is working at the moment. It will change again as time goes on. Nothing is stagnant in life, so enjoy it! Much love,