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I'm a stay at home mom of 4 cute kids. I love anything that has to do with homes & decorating. My husband Steve often gets recruited into helping me finish things that I start! We are making our house a "HOME" one project at a time!!

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Thursday, January 8, 2015

Weekly Cleaning Schedule

This quote is so true:
Keep in mind we all have bad days, weeks, months or even years. 
 Last year, when we were remodeling this quote really hit home! It was a mess everywhere!
  I did a whole post about the chaos HERE. 
We finished our remodel at the beginning of July, but my husband is just now (6 months later) able to park his car in the garage.  Our basement has been a disaster (see the pic above) until I was putting the Christmas away and did a major de-junk.  So with that said, sometimes it takes baby steps, but eventually you'll get there.

I think starting off the New Year with a schedule is a great idea.  
This has been my cleaning schedule for years and it really works.
You do a few specific chores each day and this helps cleaning from becoming completely overwhelming.
You can rearrange the days for what works best for you and your schedule.
Monday:
Start a load of laundry
Mop main floor 
Grocery shopping for the week

Tuesday:
Dust main floor: living room, great room, hallway, entryway
More laundry

Wednesday:
Vacuum main floor: living room, great room, stairs
Clean main floor bathroom

Thursday:
My kids clean their bathroom
Dust upstairs: loft, bedrooms and railings to the staircase

Friday:
Clean master bath
Vacuum upstairs: loft, hallways & bedrooms

Saturday:
Most of the main chores are done to enjoy the day!
Or if you had a day you missed, do it today.
Usually there is more laundry...it's never ending around here!

Sunday:
Take the day off!

Daily:
Make beds, clear/wipe counters, fill/empty dishwasher, put away coats & shoes etc. 
 I did another post on making your house a home HERE .  It explains how we have designated areas where we put our "stuff", which is key in helping keep things organized.

Here are a few more helpful tips:
*I usually do most of my "chores" listed after I get my older kids off to school, some days it's 15-20 minutes and other days it might take over an hour.

*I try to avoid the computer or other things that suck away my time until I'm done with my chore of the day. 

* When I cook dinner,  I usually clean up while it's baking.  That way dinner clean up is just the table and maybe a few pots or pans.

*My kids also put away any toys that are in their rooms every night before bed.  If all of their toys have a "home" it makes it SO much easier!

Twice a year:
*Every spring and fall I clean the blinds and baseboards.  Click the link below for instructions:

*Clean out bedroom and coat closets.

If all else fails you could try this:

6 comments:

  1. Plan is the most important thing:-) I always have a problem with this but thank U for a great idea-especially the last phrase:-) Kind regards Kasia

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  2. Sally--a schedule is such an easy but effective idea for keeping things in order! I pinned it to the Pretty Preppy Party board (and thanks for linking up!).

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  3. Meaningful quotes. I like all. Planning is really important. you specified it. Thank you so much for sharing this

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  4. I really love your weekly cleaning schedule! Really nice and useful! Thanks for the post! Greets!

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  5. I agree that having clean surroundings do help clear and relax our mind. And with the help of that checklist that contain daily and weekly task, I'm sure that your cleaning chores will be faster and easier, since the tasks are already specified and ordered according to where you should start. Your post is worth bookmarking for, for anyone who needed a guide on cleaning. Thank you very much for sharing! :)

    Bo Tolbert @ HJS Supply

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