Thursday, November 20, 2014

Daily, Weekly and Monthly Cleaning Schedule

"Cleaning with kids in the house is like brushing your teeth while eating oreos."
"Instead of cleaning the house, I just turn off the lights."
"You never know what you have until you clean your house/room"

Being the month of Thanksgiving and making a more earnest effort to have and show Gratitude. Here is a shout out for my parents. THANK YOU for teaching me how to clean and clean well.
If the thought of cleaning causes you to do this. Create a schedule, it will help.
Growing up, of course, I hated it when my mom or dad would double and triple check my work for completeness. It has paid off, literally. After I served an 18 month mission for my Church, work was very hard to come by. Long story short I started cleaning houses. In doing so I discovered three things: 1) I enjoyed it (no boss, flexible hours, and peace and quiet) 2) I was good at it and 3) It pays well (I was making between $15-$22 an hour).

I have met many (including myself) that have a hard time keeping clean and organized. Having a clean home improves my spirits. Take care to not let it consume you (I have and it no fun). This routine helps me balance having a clean home and other activities.

Here is my Cleaning Routine. Later I will post on house size and what is really needed. I have used this routine for 1+ years in a 2 bedroom 2 bath house and currently 1 bedroom 1 bath apartment.
Let's get cleaning!

Daily Tasks

1. Pick Up Clothes 
Put clean clothes away and dirty in laundry basket. Do before bed. 
2. Tidy My Room
Whatever is tidy for you. Put things in their place. I make sure nothing is on the floor so when I get up to get the baby (in the middle of the night) no angry words come out of mouth. Do before bed.
3. Unload Dishwasher
This is my least favorite chore. Nothing is better to waking up to an unloaded dishwasher. Do before bed.
4. Tidy Bathrooms
Wipe counters if needed. And just put things away. Do before bed.
5. Tidy Baby's Room
Put toys away and such. Do before bed. 
6. Weekly Task
Compete task for that day during the day. See below. 
OH what joy comes from finishing cleaning. 

Weekly Tasks

Monday - Laundry Day

Tuesday - Clean Bathroom
1. Once a month scrub shower and/or bathtub (i do it twice a month because my baby uses tub and I want it cleaner for him) 
2. Clean Toilets
3. Clean Mirrors
4. Clean Counters

Wednesday - Clean Surfaces
1. Wipe Cupboards and Appliances
2. Dust Master Bedroom Furniture
3. Dust Family Room
4. Dust baby's room
5. Dust Window Seals
6. Once a month or every other wipe inside of fridge.

Thursday - Clean Floors
1. Sweep or vacuum entire house
2. Mop Kitchen
3. Alternate mopping other rooms with hardwood floors i.e. (Master bedroom and bathroom) and (Baby bedroom, bathroom, and family room)
4. Once a Month Clean Corners and Baseboards

Friday - Organize Something
Whatever you want to do. Pick something small. A kitchen drawer, a cupboards, a closet shelf, sewing supplies, etc. No more than 20 min. 

Saturday - Monthly Task
This is only one Saturday a month

Here is link to my post on DIY Non-Toxic Household Cleaners (All-Purpose, Window, Dusting, Air Freshener). click to redirect.

Monthly Tasks 

Pick one from the list 

Wash walls - and use touch up paint where necessary
Clean out drawers and closets - donate usable clothing and items to charity
Clean and organize the garage and or basement
Wash duvets, blankets, comforters, spreads, pillows
Organize the pantry and kitchen cabinets - throw out expired food or plan meals to use soon to expire items
Wash windows - (inside and out) and screens
Deep-clean Floors/Rugs
Clean all the hard-to-reach places - behind the stove, refrigerator, washer/ dryer, sofas
Clean medicine cabinets - throw away expired medications 
Clean and organize personal files
Defrost and clean freezer, stove, oven
You will find that at first it will take up a bit of time to clean all this, but by the second week it will be a lot easier and the third it will be a breeze. Why is this?

The more dirt and scum build up the more elbow grease will be needed in the beginning. Another is that you will develop your own way of cleaning and just like anything else you will get quicker and better at it. And lastly, as you keep it up you will only be dealing with a week of dirt, so cleaning time will go faster. Also I skip some cleaning tasks some weeks depending my time and/or if its not dirty.

Having a day to clean one thing helps me not get overwhelmed and consumed. Before my baby was born and a bit after I did all the cleaning in one or two days. This made it so I did not have to worry about cleaning the rest of the week. I hope you find this helpful.

Love this article and this one that explains why we should make an effort on keeping a clean house. Note I am not perfect nor is anyone else. I am not trying to shame others but encourage (including myself).


  1. I love this. I'm going to print it out and stick in on my wall, because seriously, trying to keep a clean house AND work AND cook healthy food AND write a couple thousand words a day is more than I can handle. This at least gets rid of the part where I have to think about it and figure out what to do next... which is probably half the battle. Oh, darling, I love you.

    1. Glad you like it. It helps me a lot to know what is expected. some of them come naturally (like tidying up before bed). Also I like that if i am sick or its a hard week that I can skip some chores and pick it up next week. It is easy to get my husband to help when he knows that it just Vacuuming or whatever it may be. That i don't do more that what's on the list for the day and that feels great. Leave the mess for a different day.