Have you ever done the frantic 15-minute pickup when you get a call that someone important is going to be over and you rush around like a chicken with your head cut off to get your house looking reasonable again? Have you ever shoved your belongings into trash bags, grocery bags and closets just to hide the mess? Have you ever spent an entire week cleaning because your house has gone from normal to WOAH! messy? If you’ve answered yes to any of the above questions, you may want to consider trying a housecleaning schedule! It’s like a diet, but for your house!
Why Does a Cleaning Schedule Help?
I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not a fantastic housekeeper. I recently asked a friend how she balanced a busy work schedule, going to school for a master’s degree, and her growing family, and part of her answer included the house having a few dust bunnies. When I told my husband her answer, he started laughing. If I were any WORSE in housekeeping, the dust bunnies would probably take over the house. And then I’d have to pay them to live here, I’m sure. One thing I have found that helps is keeping a cleaning schedule. People use blogging schedules often, so I’m sure there must be others out there who could use a cleaning schedule too!
What a Cleaning Schedule Is – and Isn’t
- a reminder of what to clean
- a plan of when to clean
- a guide of where to clean
- a list of what needs cleaned (handy start for a honey-do list!)
- a description of a big task (think spring cleaning, deep cleaning, etc) broken into smaller tasks
- a description of how to clean
- a chore list
But it could be…
- a calendar
- a to-do list
- a task list
- a day guide
- a reward system (if I do my daily tasks, I get to compute for a while!)
Other People’s Good Cleaning Schedules
Why reinvent the wheel? Check out these cleaning schedules that I’ve used or found online:
- The first cleaning schedule I ever tried was Flylady’s – http://flylady.net/
- My favorite book with instructions to make a DIY schedule – More Hours in My Day by Emilie Barnes and Sheri Torelli
- Schedule from Stilettos and Diapers
- Very nice schedule from Laurel Plum Online
A Cleaning Schedule Can Change
One thing that I have learned over the years is that you need to be flexible. And by that, I don’t mean go to Yoga more often. The cleaning schedules that I made and loved 3 years ago just don’t cut it anymore. In fact, my schedule is changing again this week. Because of different commitments on different days, I don’t have the time to complete my regular Monday stuff anymore, so I shifted it to Sunday. It’s important to remember that it is better to change your schedule than to just not do the tasks – it will build up quickly!
What are your favorite cleaning schedules?
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