Overwhelmed with a cleaning? Not sure where to start? Here’s how to create a cleaning schedule that fits YOU and YOUR lifestyle! Comes with FREE printables!
There is one thing I dread and that is cleaning. I cannot stand it and always think of things I would rather do. Sometimes that leads to not getting any cleaning done and having things messy. Just like you, I have made every excuse there is in the books.
There is one thing that helps me a lot, which is having a schedule. If I notice there are a lot of tasks that need to be done, I quickly get overwhelmed and make any excuse I can come up with at time. And that isn’t good because nothing will get accomplished and my house looks like a wreck. Yikes.
For me I like to break down the cleaning tasks into different groups, read more to find out those different groups and how I am able to keep up.
If you love to clean, then I want to be YOU when I grow up! Not joking at all.
Three Ways to Create a Cleaning Schedule
1.) What needs to be done – Before I could even start to work on a cleaning schedule, I needed to sit down and figure out what exactly needs to be done. If you are a pen and paper kind of person, I am, then grab a notebook and a couple of pens in different colors. I jot down all of the cleaning tasks that need to be completed in order to keep a clean home in one color – use a generic color like black or blue. Below is an example.
- making beds
- sorting mail
2.) Group tasks by frequency – Remember that list you just created? We are going to be using different colors and grouping the tasks by how often they should be completed. You should have tasks that need to be completed daily, weekly, and monthly. Below is an example.
- wiping down sinks
- making beds
- mopping floors
See how I colored laundry blue and then the daily tasks are blue, which means they belong in the same task frequency. Same thing with the orange.
3.) Cleaning Personality – This mostly makes a difference for the weekly and monthly tasks. Instead of doing all of the weekly chores on the same day, spread them out through the week, same thing for the monthly chores. Who wants to do all of the hard, monthly cleaning tasks on the same day. I really do not want to and if I do, I start to make excuses and they never get done.
Understanding the Cleaning Schedule
On Sundays, I like to enjoy the day with family and friends. That also means spending less time focusing on completing my daily chores. That’s one of the reasons why I love this schedule because you can make it work for YOU and your schedule.
The bold text means those are my weekly tasks. I like to knock out the tasks that I do not like quick in the week. Who wants to be scrubbing the bathroom on a Friday, not me! If it fits your schedule, then do it for YOURSELF.
The red text means those are my monthly tasks. As you will see, those tasks are spread throughout the entire month. I despise doing all of those needy tasks at once. If it fits your schedule to get them all done in the beginning of the month, then do that because it works for YOU.
Seeing a pattern here? It’s all about you and how this schedule fits into your life and schedule. Cleaning isn’t supposed to be a hard thing, but it can be if it doesn’t fit with you and your personality.
I also save cleaning out the fridge and freezer for the last two days in the month because I like to grocery shop on the first of every month. It’s something that works for us.
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