Household Cleaning Schedule with Checklist
The secret to cleaning less and having a cleaner home is simple: have a plan and divide daily, weekly, and monthly tasks. In order to make a productive housekeeping schedule, you should write out a list of all the cleaning tasks you need to do and stick to it.
My cleaning mantra is “Every day I’d better do a little something.” It’s a great reminder to do something small every single day. Embrace that mindset, and you’ll be halfway to making a cleaning routine work for you. Instead of looking around at all that you have to do, simply choose something from the daily tasks and get to work. Set a timer and work for 5 minutes in the morning and 5 minutes in the evening or just 10 minutes all at once. Or if you’re home during the day, split that time up in 5-minute increments around mealtimes to keep it really easy. Here I will share with you some tricks I use for a better cleaning planning and the ultimate checklist that I use all the time.
1.Separate weekly tasks into specific days. You might decide to do the general laundry on Sunday morning but clean the bathrooms every Tuesdays. This way, you aren’t a slave to cleaning for an entire day straight. Instead, you do your daily tasks and one weekly task each day.
2.Make your schedule visible. Print out a cleaning calendar and put it over your desk or on your fridge so you can see it every day. You might even want to take a picture of it and make your wallpaper on your cell phone. Set an alarm on your phone if necessary to help you get the day’s tasks done.
3.Get the family involved and share the tasks. You and your spouse might decide which tasks you are each personally responsible for. One might take out the trash each week while someone else can be in charge of lawn mowing. There are plenty of age-appropriate chores for little ones. Kids can make their own beds in the morning, tidy toys, fix throw cushions, unload the dishwasher and so much more. Not only will you teach them responsibility, but you will also instill in them the value of a neat and tidy home.
Make beds—make your bed and teach the others in your home to make their beds, too
Check floors—sweep/vacuum as needed with a broom, vacuum, or microfiber floor duster
Wipe counters—wipe kitchen counters down after meals and check bathroom counters
Declutter—pick up clutter during the day and in the evening
Do laundry—complete one load of laundry from start to finish every day
Monday—Bathroom cleaning day
Thursday—Floor washing day
Saturday—Sheets + towels day
Sunday—Daily cleaning tasks
Wash baseboards—wipe thoroughly
Clean light fixtures—tackle one room/area a month
Wash rugs—wash bathroom and area rugs
Clean oven—use self-clean feature on oven or wipe out
Clean refrigerator + freezer—remove food and wipe thoroughly
Clean appliances—clean your household appliances (dishwasher, washer + dryer, etc.)
Polish wood furniture—give your furniture a little extra clean and polish
Spot-clean walls—wipe away any marks and handprints
Spot-clean furniture—treat any spots and stains
Rotate/vacuum mattresses—give your mattresses a little turn and clean
Launder bedding—wash quilts, duvet covers, pillows
There you go! A simple, no-fuss way to get a cleaning calendar underway at your home. Remember, it doesn’t have to be complicated. Just plan out what works for you and stick to it. And if you have any favorite hacks of how to manage the household cleaning – please share your ideas with me, I will be happy to learn!