Last year I created a household cleaning schedule and posted it on my fridge in plain sight. It worked so well for me that I only needed to tweak it a little bit for this year! My house really isn’t large enough for zone cleaning, so breaking my tasks into daily, weekly, bi-weekly, monthly and quarterly tasks really works the best. Here’s the schedule that is currently hanging on my refrigerator! (Click here for a downloadable version)
- Empty Litter Box
- Clear Counters/Tidy Living Room
- Make the Bed
- Wipe bathroom surfaces
- Sweep kitchen floor
- Run/Empty Dishwasher (as needed)
- Start/fold/put away laundry (as needed)
- Monday: Dust / Sweep, Swiffer & Mop Floors
- Tuesday: Vacuum Rug & Carpets
- Wednesday: Wipe Kitchen Surfaces
- Saturday: Wash linens / Vacuum Rug & Carpets / Clean bathroom sinks & toilets
- Change Sheets
- Clean Showers
The reason I set up this schedule for myself was to help me use my time effectively, to keep my house in presentable condition and to make sure I didn’t forget about those quarterly tasks. This schedule really helps me to accomplish all those things!
Here are two principles that I’m keeping in mind this year:
#1 Do It Daily
In order to have a clean home, I have to do at least one household chore every day. I started throwing in a load of laundry each morning and folding it that evening. I also run the dishwasher at least every other day (making sure to empty it before I begin cooking supper). Staying on top of the laundry and always having plenty of room to load dirty dishes makes life so much easier!
#2 Do It First
I’ve made certain chores part of my morning routine (emptying the litter box being the main one). In addition, on Saturday morning I gather all the linens from the bed as well as the washcloths and towels from the bathroom and kitchen and immediately put them in the washing machine. I don’t allow myself to do anything – not even start the coffee – until this is done. Every other Saturday when I change the sheets, I strip the beds and change the sheets before I leave the bedroom in the morning. If I’m not changing the sheets, I make the bed. Then I’m able to linger over a leisurely breakfast, knowing I’m already making progress on that days’ chores!
Following these two rules has made such a difference in how smoothly things run in my household!
What’s your cleaning routine? Do you follow a zone cleaning routine or is there something else that works for you?