At some point I realized I was kind of going in inefficient circles with cleaning tasks around the home. The kitchen was getting a thorough cleaning twice a week while the dining room went two weeks without being touched. I would take out the vacuum and hit the whole downstairs but clean nothing else that day. I’d wash towels three times a week but our clothing would pile up in the laundry basket. I realized this was not a good was to keep a home clean nor the best use of my time, so I decided to create a weekly cleaning rhythm and see if that would help…and I’m never turning back!
First, I made a list of all the rooms that need to be cleaned including my car, as well as laundry and miscellaneous tasks such as cleaning the dog’s toys. Then I divided them up between the days of Monday-Saturday, making sure I didn’t make any day too heavy. Then I listed everyday tasks that need to be taken care of each day to make sure messes don’t get out of control, like clearing the counter of dishes and making sure all dirty clothing is in the laundry basket.
I learned in Clean My Space how it’s much more efficient to clean by room rather than task. For example, it’s best to clean the family room from top to bottom in one day rather than vacuum all the downstairs rooms. This makes sure that the entire room gets a thorough cleaning and I can attest that it does! I was definitely cleaning the wrong way up until I started doing this. I feel like our home is truly clean at all times now (save for the everyday messes of life of course!)
This all may seem overwhelming and like why would I spend so much time cleaning everyday, but once you get it down it should take only around an hour. I look at it like this—we take time out of our day to exercise for our health maintenance, so we should give that care to our home each day to keep it in tip top shape to better serve us in our life. It’s about finding the flow of your day and fitting in the tasks at the time it makes the most sense for you.
So, here’s my actual cleaning schedule! (download yours below)
How to create your schedule:
make a list of all cleaning tasks that need to be taken care of each week— room, laundry and miscellaneous. (not specifically what and how you clean each room)
figure out which days of the week to complete each task. I find it best to have rooms to clean and laundry to do each day (except Sunday as my off day).
download and fill out your chart.
try it out! change things around if you need to as time goes on.
Let me know how this works out for you! I hope it helps you enjoy your home and life even more, as it did for me!