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Here’s the thing. I’ve lived on my own for almost 10 years now, and I’ve been married for almost 7 of those, and I still am learning just what it means to be a “homemaker” and how to go about keeping a clean house. And I’m willing to bet most of us have this struggle. With the holidays coming up (which means guests, which means more people, which means you want your home clean for them) as well as the new year (resolutions, anyone?) I’m guessing that cleaning has been on your mind.
I’m a stay-at-home mom, and my home is definitely not spotless. It seems that I can get done picking up one area of my house, and it gets messy and dirty within 20 minutes! It’s so frustrating! And those chores like washing the windows, cleaning the toilets, and mopping the floors? They hardly get done. I’m at home, yes, but I’m also busy with other things, and also, ok, maybe I just don’t want to do them sometimes.
However, whether or not we’re busy or don’t like to clean, we can’t deny that having a clean home is so much better for the mind. I feel so much better about life in general when my home has some semblance of order to it. I just feel less stressed and happier. And I bet you feel the same. Plus, we don’t want our kids growing up in mess and filth, and we also don’t want to be embarrassed when visitors show up unannounced. (Or announced, but we’ve put off cleaning for so long that we’re stressed and frazzled, doing all the cleaning 30 minutes before they show up! You know you’ve been there.)
So with all of this in mind, I’ve put together a step by step process of how to make a cleaning schedule that works for you. I’m revamping my own cleaning schedule, for one of my new years resolutions, and thought it would be the perfect time to share this with you. Stay tuned for a free printable at the bottom!
How To Make A Cleaning Schedule That Works For You
1. Make a list of all cleaning tasks that needs to get done.
And I mean ALL, no matter the frequency. Washing windows, making the bed, doing the dishes, wiping down floorboards. Any and all cleaning you want to get done should be written down.
2. Take that list and divide up the tasks by the frequency they need.
I find it is easiest to do this by making 3 columns (daily, weekly, monthly) and then sorting all the tasks you made in the previous step under the column they should go in. (PS, no judgement if making the bed is under weekly or monthly ;))
3. Divide out your weekly tasks by day.
Make another set of columns with each day at the top. This is where you’ll sort all of your weekly tasks. When doing this step, I really want you to think about what different activities you have each day of the week. If it’s helpful, write down those activities in the column they belong in. You’re doing this so you don’t assign yourself a long or tedious cleaning task on a day you’re extra busy. For example, if on Tuesdays you are in charge of after school carpool, and your son has soccer practice, and you work part-time that morning, chances are you won’t want “deep clean the bathroom” to be your task that day. Take into account your schedule, and assign tasks accordingly.
4. If wanted/needed, divide out monthly tasks by week.
Perhaps you have a handful of tasks you’d like to do once a month, but you don’t want to do them all on the same day. Assign them each a week. (You can see what I mean below.)
5. Make up your schedule, or fill in the printable below.
This is pretty self-explanatory. Put all your hard work down on one piece of paper, and print it!
How To Make A Cleaning Schedule <——- Click here to download the schedule for yourself!
6. Place the schedule somewhere you will see it!
This is what I think is the most important step! We all know the saying “out of sight, out of mind” and this definitely applies here. You want to be able to see your schedule, and see what should be getting done that day. I keep mine on my fridge since it’s somewhere I look multiple times a day. Maybe you need to experiment a little bit to see what works for you – that’s ok!
7. Once last step, go through your cleaning supplies.
Now you have you schedule planned out, you’ll need cleaning supplies to actually accomplish the tasks. Through out any that are old and that you no longer use, and replace them! At another time I’m planning on walking you through some of my favorite cleaning products, but today I want to focus on one new product that I am loving, and that is the new Scotch-Brite® Disposable Toilet Scrubber.
Cleaning the toilet is one of my least favorite jobs (and to be fair, Kyle usually does it) and part of that is because of that nasty toilet scrubber brush. I mean, really. THE GERMS. The nasty water. Did I mention THE GERMS? Ick. That’s why I am loving the Scotch-Brite® Disposable Toilet Scrubber and the Scotch-Brite® Disposable Toilet Scrubber Refills when it comes to cleaning my toilets. The scrubbing heads are disposable, which means you use them once, and then use the handy quick-release button to stick them right in the trash when you’re done. No nasty toilet water hanging around. They also come with built-in bleach alternative cleaner, so you don’t need to mess with any additional cleanser, so it scrubs the messes you’ve been leaving behind, all by itself! AND their unique shape reaches under the rim to clean messes and stains that other products missed.
But really. This is making me excited to clean my bathroom. So it’s obviously a big deal. I grabbed mine in the cleaning aisle at Fred Meyer. Fred Meyer is just around the corner from our house, and it’s so nice to be able to run there if I need something.
I hope you enjoyed learning how to make a cleaning schedule that will work for you, and leaning about one of my new favorite products. Need more cleaning inspiration? Click here! And guess what? There will be a BOGO Disposable Toilet Scrubber Starter Kit Offer at Kroger and Kroger banners starting 12/4 (an in-store offer) so you can try this awesome product for yourself. Win-win for everyone 🙂