If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you may have picked up on a couple things. Cleaning is my arch nemesis weakness and getting my kids on a schedule has been one of my strengths. As the new year has settled in and spring cleaning is on the horizon, I decided it was time to really tackle my cleaning routines. It is definitely one of my goals this year and I haven’t made much stride yet in changing how I approach cleaning and organizing my house in general.
Usually, I prioritize ALL of my other responsibilities- which in my defense, there are many at times. But cleaning is still a responsibility so I’d find myself having to do 6 loads of laundry in one day or cleaning the whole house in one very long day. This obviously is not working as I often find myself stressed or overwhelmed by the task. So I thought- why not implement what has worked in many other areas of my life and create a cleaning schedule.
*To be honest, my very first thought was how can we incorporate a cleaning lady in the budget!!?? But that didn’t really work out so I went to plan B. 🙂
At first I was going to find one online and print it- but none really fit exactly what I wanted. So I procrastinated on cleaning again by spending a few hours to make one myself. And it’s available for you all to download for free! Win win.
UPDATE: This is super important and I can’t believe I forgot to mention this before. I do not do this completely by myself! My husband handles all the dishes and folds lots of laundry as well as other things. It’s a team effort and we made the system that worked best for us.
It is a basic checklist, but breaks everything up into very manageable chunks. Everyday has a list- make the bed, do dishes, one load of laundry, clean up toys etc. Then each day of the week has a specific room assigned, Monday is all about the kitchen and so forth. On the side, there is also a list of biweekly and monthly tasks to remember.
I printed mine on cardstock and laminated it and it’s hanging in my kitchen. This way you can use a dry erase marker and wipe away your checkmarks for a fresh start each week. Alternatively, you could also print a few copies at a time and use the checklist that way.
The download includes one filled in and another blank in case you want to write in your own tasks! Let me know if you have any questions on using the checklist or ideas to make it better.
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