Life gets hectic and before you know it, chores have been neglected, and the bathroom looks like a truck stop. Busy family life isn’t always conducive to a clean home. But if the clutter and mess are getting to you, a cleaning schedule can help. With the right adjustments, it can disperse chores evenly among family members and keep you on track for a tidy, organized home. And, we’ve got some tips to get you started.
Make a Comprehensive List
Before you can tackle all the cleaning, you need a list of all the jobs you want to get done. Walk through your house writing down everything from vacuuming the stairs to cleaning the bathroom mirror. We’re talking everything. Include daily, weekly, and monthly jobs on your list. You’ll divide them out by time frame in the next step.
Chart It Out
Once you’ve made your list, you’ll need to organize it. Break it down into daily, weekly, and monthly tasks. Looking at your lists, decide how you want to organize your cleaning schedule.
We have a few ideas to get your creative cleaning juices flowing.
With this method, you create a checklist for each day of the week. This method is easy to create and is a simple way for everyone in the family to see what needs to be done. You can list every little task or be more generic by only listing the room to be cleaned. For example, you would list “pick up living room” every day instead of “pick up toys, fold blankets, put away backpacks.”
On the downside, you may not be able to look at your cleaning schedule for the whole month. You might have to keep a list or set a reminder for the monthly tasks.
If you like to see everything on display in front of you all at once, this method could be for you. You create a monthly calendar and list your cleaning tasks for a full month. Space is limited so you may not list every tiny task but instead, cluster them under a single heading. For example, your weekly “dusting” includes baseboards, ceiling fans, and on top of the cupboards, but you don’t list each of those places on the chart.
You’ve decided on your charting method, now to pass out the cleaning assignments. You could divvy out assignments based on the layout of your home. If you have a two or three story home you may vacuum the first floor every day and the others once a week. You could assign one person to do the vacuuming for the week no matter what day or floor it’s on. Or, you could assign someone to each floor. Rotate family members through different assignments so everyone gets with the worst jobs.
You can adjust when and who does what based on your family schedule. If game days are crazy, keep the cleaning tasks light. If you’ve got a free afternoon, add one of the larger cleaning projects like cleaning out the fridge or wiping down all the kitchen cupboards.
Keep your family schedule close at hand as you make assignments so that you’re fully utilizing everyone’s time and availability.
Leave Space for Adjustments
Game schedules, concerts, parent meetings—your schedule won’t be the same week to week. It will take you time to figure out the best way to organize your cleaning and fit it around you’re already full life. Be flexible until you come up with a schedule that works for your family. Once you do, cleaning will feel like second nature, and your home won’t reflect the chaos of your family schedule.