Why do you need one and does it help?
A weekly cleaning schedule is the best investment of time you can make to manage all your overwhelming tasks and chores. If you can organize the cleaning process, the messes will feel more manageable.
Ready to get started? Here are some helpful tips for creating a cleaning schedule. Get ready for increased productivity.
Clean Isn’t Perfect
Sometimes, you need to take a step back and accept that clean is clean enough. Not every item on your to-do list should be done so thoroughly that you can’t manage to get the other ones done the day you had them planned.
You can choose to set a time limit if that will help. Try setting a kitchen timer for 10-15 minutes for each chore. Set the timer and start and remain in one room until you finish that specific task. Remember that some of these will be weekly chores, so don’t think if you missed the deep down dirt that it won’t get done. It will.
What About Supplies?
Plan Your Cleaning Moves
How Do I Stay on Cleaning Task Each Day?
How can you hold yourself accountable? Print out your chore list and laminate it. (You can find a self-laminating packet at your local Walmart for just a few bucks.) Trust us when we say you want to laminate it because you can mark off what has been done.
Now for our thrifty and high tech-loving house cleaners, we suggest some cleaning schedule apps. One of my favorites because it a broad app is TODO found in the Google Play store. This app is amazing for overhauling and organizing your whole life––not just your cleaning schedule.
What Does a Successful Cleaning Schedule Look Like?
Below is a sample of my cleaning schedule broken down from daily tasks to each day of the week for the larger tasks.
Daily tasks should consist of wiping down the counters, doing the dishes, a load of laundry, and making the beds. Remember: if it looks dirty you should probably just add it to your quick clean list for the day and get it done and over with.
Mop It Monday
Wipe It Down Wednesday
If it has a surface, wipe and dust. Here is where you can get a lot of the grime and dirt off those microwave or stove surfaces. Start from the top and go to the floor, especially if you’re dusting. This will help to gather all the stuff that comes off the high ledges of the home. You also want to consider non-permanent items such as toys and telephones to wipe down and disinfect.
Throw Out Thursday
Thursday can be far the greatest day of all. This is the day your declutter everything! You want to throw out old newspapers and any leftover food that has gone past its expiration date. (And don’t worry––we all have that unintended science project in the back of the fridge.)
You may also want to consider Thursday donation day as well. If it’s in the right condition, donate it. Throw out the old clothes with holes or donate those that are still usable but don’t fit.