Are you trying to figure out a daily, weekly, or monthly cleaning schedule that fits your household? In this post, I’ll be giving you some cleaning schedule tips, mentioning some KILLER cleaning hacks, and offering a FREE Printable Cleaning Checklist that’s simple enough for any home to implement…
Tackling your entire household can be a real BORE. It can also be pretty daunting.
I get it, I never liked cleaning as much as I liked creating and making messes ;), but it’s got to get done!
Coming up with a schedule that fit our lives, our household, and let’s be honest, our mess, took me a few years to really figure out. Mostly because we introduced our second little man, Jax, right in the middle of trying to figure everything out. He really threw us for a loop – I swear I was at the doctor’s office 2-3 times a week throughout my pregnancy AND through the first 4 months of his life. It seemed that when we weren’t at the doctor’s office, we were barely home long enough to change a diaper and let Jax lay down for a nap.
Needless to say, my lack of a steady cleaning routine coupled with this new craziness our family had faced left our home in a sea of craziness.
I’m not ashamed to admit that, either. Usually, with a new baby in the house, there is a period of adjustment for everyone who lives in the home. I remember hating when people would stop by or tell us they were coming over. I felt like I just couldn’t keep up.
Looking back now, I feel that I was much too harsh on myself. I did the best with what energy I had (both physical and mental), and did what needed to be done for my little guy’s health. He’s now a very tough, strong, healthy almost 3-year-old tike.
My point in telling you all this is that even if you feel like life is running you into the ground, and there isn’t a light at the end of the tunnel, I promise you that there is. When it comes to obstacles like health, you need to remember to have patience and grace for yourself and your timing. And when the time is right, you can sit down and configure a good cleaning schedule that works for you and your home!
Once things settled around Jax’s 18-month mark, I buckled down and tried to figure out the best cleaning schedule for our family. I knew that if I wrote something down and put my mind to it, it would more than likely get done.
If you find that a schedule helps you stay on top of chores, then this post is for you!
Simple Daily Cleaning Schedule:
- Wash Dishes
- Take Out Trash
- Wipe Counters
- Quick Pick Up
So for those of you who don’t already know, I am actually a nanny! I watch my son, as well as another sweet little boy, and my nephew. I send my oldest off to school, and have three little boys to chase around the house! We go through many dishes, and many diapers during the day. So that means there is a sink full of dishes and a trash can full of garbage to be taken care of every day. Our family also has two dogs that shed, so vacuuming in our house is essential! Especially with our white dog, Mack. I never thought white hair would be such a problem, but it shows up on everything.
And I say “quick” pick up, because cleaning up after four children is made up of either a dozen quick pickups OR one not-so-quick pick up at the very end of the day.
Simple Weekly Cleaning Schedule
For the cleaning duties that need to be done weekly, I like to break these up into different days. This helps me not get bored and spreads things out over the course of the week, which is just easier for me personally…
- Load of Laundry
- Sweep + Mop
- Clean Bathroom
- Dust + Polish
I have found that if I keep up with the laundry for at least three days out of the week, it flows pretty well. I can skip Friday and just pick up the schedule on Saturday, but I like to have laundry-free weekends ;). That way I can focus on making memories, and spend time with my husband while he is home.
P.S. With boys in the house, I could really clean the bathroom every day, but who has time for that? HA.
- Clean Bedrooms
- Straighten Cabinets/Cupboards
- Clean Sink
- Wipe Down Stove
Because Max is 7 now, he helps with his own room, which is great because his room tends to be the messiest of all. Tues, Thursday, and Saturday are my more relaxed cleaning days – these chores I can do while I am going about my day.
Wash Bed Sheets (but you can skip a week here and there!)
Tidy Kitchen Table
Clean out Fridge
I usually do my grocery shopping on Sunday (have you seen my Printable Grocery Shopping List?) so cleaning out the fridge and reorganizing the pantry before I leave is a tremendous help.
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Simple Monthly Cleaning Schedule
If I have extra time throughout the week, I will knock a few of these monthly duties off my list as I go! I don’t actually wait an entire month before doing these, I just throw them into my schedule as I get the time to cross them off my list:
- Organize Billing Statements
- Dust Ceiling Fan(s)
- Clean out Purse
- Clean Keurig
- Clean Couches
- Wipe down Microwave
- Clean Tub/Shower
- Scrub Baseboards
- Clean out Car
At some point throughout the week, I find time to squeeze in some of the extra things that need attention along the way as I find them.
FREE Printable House Cleaning Checklist
Simplify the way you clean your home by focusing on what you need to get done daily, weekly, and monthly with my FREE printable checklist…
P.S. Print this checklist out, put it in a clear sleeve, and use dry erase marker to use it again and again!
Well, there it is! I hope my list inspired you to develop your own cleaning schedule. Homemaking is such a wonderful journey but it takes a lot of work, especially with little ones running around.