I would like to start off this post by saying that when my parents read this post, they will laugh. I am far from a neat freak. In fact, as a kid, I was a total slob. Fun fact: my dad actually would make surprise visits when I was in middle school to inspect my locker – it was that bad. It would be piled up halfway and I would lose homework in it. Suffice to say, the fact that one of my 2016 goals is to make an actual cleaning schedule is hilarious, I’m sure.
With another baby on the way, it’s becoming more obvious to me that I’ll need to streamline some things in order for my family’s life to run efficiently. One thing that is non-negotiable in our tiny house is not having the house clean. While clutter and mess can put just about anyone in a bad mood, in a small home it’s amplified.
When I first started thinking about making a cleaning schedule, I knew that while a normal Monday – Friday (or whatever) schedule would work, it wasn’t perfect. I like lists, and I like things to be explicitly spelled out for me. So I decided on 3 separate schedules that would together work as one.
Daily schedule: the cleaning, tidying, organizing and general housekeeping that goes on every day. Think of it as the things that if you only did it once a week you would either be super gross or go insane.
Weekly schedule: this schedule includes things that are kind of redundant to do daily, but dire enough that they shouldn’t wait a whole month.
Monthly schedule: bigger projects, things that don’t get super gross, and a lot of places that get disorganized slowly over time go into this schedule.
If you wanted to get cray-cray you could do seasonal/bi-monthly/every 6 months/yearly, but that’s a little extreme for me and usually I just add those things to my normal to-do list as needed. If you think consolidating these plans (maybe a weekly schedule with each day outlined) will work better for you, go for it! If you want to add a bi-weekly schedule, do yo’ thang. This is just an outline, a manual if you will, for how to create your own home cleaning schedule without pulling your hair out. I’ll be sharing my own down below for inspiration, but don’t think of it as an end all be all, since I don’t live in your house, and you don’t live in mine.
Step One: Designate areas. In my house, my house breaks down as follows: Backroom/pantry/mudroom, kitchen, living room, bathroom, and bedrooms. Think about how you typically break up your house and cleaning and go with that.
Step Two: Write down everything. I’m weird so I kind of found this part fun. First, write down one of the designated areas and underline it. Then proceed to write each and every single thing you could ever need or want to clean in that area. I’m talking floor to ceiling, literally. If you clean the buttons on your remote control, (power to you! My college roommate used to do that. Now I just hope that Ryan or Cooper get it clean enough with their mouths. I kid!) add that to your list. I found it easiest to do this if I sat in the room. That way I could look around and make sure I hit all the marks.
Step Three: Mark each task with a schedule. Do you see how next to “sweep floors” there is a letter ‘D’? That means that’s something I like to do daily because I have gross fur balls and a raisin throwing toddler. Meanwhile, “organize cabinets” happens once a month because for real, how often do I need to do that? Go through your list and carefully think of how crazy you would feel if you only did that task once a month/a week/daily and choose which is necessary, doable and appropriate for your home and lifestyle. You may change your mind on a few, and that’s okay! Once you’re happy with your categories, move ahead.
Step Four: Create your checklist! Now you can easily take each task and move it to a separate list to create your daily/weekly/monthly lists. I added little check mark boxes incase I decided to scan and print them to track my completion (most likely, for monthly or weekly.) You can either hand write these lists or put it into an Excel/Google Sheets document.
And there you have it! Your own cleaning schedule made without the headache. Below, you’ll find a link to a Google Sheets version of my own daily, weekly, and monthly cleaning schedules. I hope this helps you take some of the stress out of your cleaning schedules as well as streamline an annoying and time-consuming task!
If you want to find out the ultimate tip to maintain your newly cleaned house, check out this post!
Do you follow a cleaning schedule? Do you find it easy to segment cleaning tasks by day/week/month? Let me know in the comments!