I Never Thought I’d Need a Cleaning Schedule
But… cleaning with kids around is like brushing your teeth with Oreos.
Before having kids I had a fairly clean house.
Most Fridays you could find me dancing to 80’s music with the vacuum and tackling my cleaning to-do list, on a mission to reveal sparkling results…in a under an hour. Here’s the crazy thing (okay, crazier than that comment about it taking less than an hour): the clean house stayed that way all week! These days might be a little bit different.
Three kids, one husband, a few more square feet of space, and a four-legged barking pet have changed my goal from ‘sparkling’ to ‘good enough.’
For awhile I was ok with the change.
After all, I was a mom and my dirty house was a just sign that it was well lived in. However, I soon discovered that I was either stressing out and wasting valuable time cleaning for hours on end every time someone was going to stop by or bouncing around in cleaning mode all day long, leaving my poor kids in ‘wait a minute’ mode indefinitely.
It was time for something new.
I Created My Own Cleaning Schedule
I searched online for cleaning schedules to conjure up something brilliant, but what I found only devastated me instead.
The list of ‘daily’ tasks completely overwhelmed me and made me feel like a failure before I even began. Hopefully, I don’t do that to you with this article!
In order to be successful in the cleaning game, I had to create my own plan.
My cleaning schedule incorporates all of the cleaning schedules (weekly, biweekly, monthly, quarterly, semiannually, and annually) into one simple form.
Below you’ll see a copy of my personal plan — I encourage you to modify this cleaning schedule to fit your own cleaning style.
If you don’t want to dust your living room every Thursday, make it a biweekly occurrence. What matters, in the end, is that you have a realistic, stress-relieving schedule for you.
I’m going to show you how I made my schedule and then give you tools to make your own with our free Cleaning Schedule Template.