I shared a cleaning schedule from a friend the other day on my Facebook page. There were lots of people who found it helpful. But then there was a whole lot of people who said that it wasn’t realistic. Especially for those who work. I asked if anyone would be interested in another, simpler version and everyone said YES! There were tons of comments with useful advice. (Have I mentioned how much I love the interacting that goes on over there? Join in!) I took the advice and tried to come up with a cleaning schedule that is doable. There are about 2910921029101291 different ways to having a successful routine. As always, take what works from this post for you and go for it!
And here’s where the truth comes out… in the spirit of full disclosure…. I have a cleaning lady who comes to my house. I feel very fortunate and don’t take it lightly. I’ve had someone come for a long time but as this blog of mine turned more than full time (does it surprise you that I spend more than 40 hours a week creating, photographing, editing, posting and promoting 30days?), something had to give and they are coming more often. But these checklists still apply in order to keep on top of the day to day stuff.
Here are the 5 simple daily tasks to keep your home clean:
The kitchen is the hub of our home. It can be the most out of control. In my opinion, it needs attention every day. Now what this means for you is up to you – it could mean just making sure everything is put away, the dishes are done and the counters cleared off. It could mean spraying everything down, sweeping and more. That’s your call.
I broke dishes off from the kitchen because they are their own beast. These also need attention every day or else they grow quickly out of control. I have my kids rotate who cleans and who puts away. Having a clean sink is the best feeling in the world. Am I right?
Chores is a generic term. Choosing ONE thing a day to accomplish is doable. It can be whatever you want – taking out the trash, cleaning a bathroom, stripping down sheets to wash… anything. I think the key is to rotate it so that everything is attended to and you’re not doing the same one every day.
I know this one is up for debate. There are some people that do laundry once a week. I’ve tried a ton of different ways to stay on top of laundry. It is one of the things I can’t stand the most. Mostly the putting away part. I get caught up and then I get behind. It’s a vicious cycle. But I really feel like the key is to do one load a day. On my sheet I broke it down by whites, lights, darks and catch up. If that doesn’t work for you, that’s ok. Do what works for you. Did you read my laundry tips on what not to do?
- 10 MINUTE PICK UP
Have you ever timed yourself? 10 minutes doesn’t seem like that long but it’s amazing how much can get accomplished. And 10 minutes feels doable to me. I get distracted when I clean for long periods of time. But 10 minutes? No biggie. This 10 minutes is meant to get things to the right spot.
I’ll create a deep cleaning sheet in the future but for now, this is to help get you going on the daily tasks.
Something else? You need to get your family involved. This is another post for another day (I’m working on it). But there is no reason for one person to be in charge of everything. And truthfully, your kids and/or spouse are missing out on contributing to the family if they don’t help. Kids need to learn how to be a part of the cleaning schedule so that they know how to clean and so that they learn team work. Are you with me on this?
I created little boxes on the printable so that you can assign the jobs to a family member with their initial. That way everyone knows what they are in charge of for that day.
If you’d rather not break it down by person, you can also use the boxes just to check off your chores.
Want to take it a step further? LAMINATE this sheet. You know me and my love for my laminator! You could laminate this and use a dry erase marker to check things off or assign.
For personal use only. Thank you.
Note: There are several variations. You don’t have to print them all out. Simply select which pages you want in the printer settings and print!
And some other posts to kick off your new year on the right foot: