I always thought having a weekly cleaning routine would help me stay organized and man, was I right! After being married and owning our own house for over ten years, you’d think I would have gotten around to making a cleaning routine a little sooner than a few months ago. Knowing that I have a certain set of “chores” to get done on any given day is what really keeps me sane. I no longer go down rabbit holes of cleaning where I start in one room doing something simple like dusting and before I know it I’m working in the garage! It’s really a waste of time to not have a cleaning routine.
We decided to break up our list by room instead of by chore. So for example, Monday is kitchen day. Fridge and pantry get straightened up and wiped down. Cupboards get a once over to make sure everything is where it belongs after your toddler pulled out all the containers and then threw them back in…you know, the usual. Or maybe you rearrange to make things more functional? I don’t know how much time you have.
I love knowing that each day is assigned to just one area (for the most part). Wednesday is bathrooms and I know that’s all I need to focus on.
Yes, there must be an everyday section, too. Even though you may think you don’t need to see the everyday stuff because you do it ALL the time, like dishes, laundry, and wiping the countertops, it makes you feel like you accomplished something. It matters that you do them every single day. Multiple times a day. That’s the point of the list! Everything you do and have to do gets broken down into small manageable chunks. It keeps you on top of things and then when someone comes over unexpectedly you’re not immediately thinking, “Ugh, I hope the bathroom is clean!” It is! Because you keep up with it! (And that means less stress!)
We’ve even found examples online of lists that are for monthly and yearly household chores such as changing the air filter and shampooing carpets. Making one of those that fits our needs is next on the to-do list.
My biggest piece of advice is to type up your own list. I have a million things to do. I don’t want weeding through the list of chores to be one of them. If I don’t have a formal dining room, I don’t want to see anything about a formal dining room on my list. I should be able to cross off everything each day because it all pertains to our home and our needs. (IF I get to it all…some days the list looks more like suggestions to which I say, no thanks, not going to mop floors today! And that’s just fine.) Also, we really do cross off things once they’re completed, but since it’s a weekly list we don’t cross off the items in the “everyday” area.
Just the basics. Remember, it’s supposed to help you keep your house clean, not stress you out!
Do you have a cleaning routine? If you have any great cleaning routine tips leave a comment. I’d love to hear them!
Now, go and create the cleaning routine of your dreams! (Too much? I guess you could just print mine and cross things off…)