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I’ve been using a cleaning schedule for a few years now and, when I keep up with it, it really feels like my house cleans itself. I do a few 15 – 20 minute tasks every day that eliminates the Saturday clean-a-thon that used to take place (although, I do miss the ‘cleaning’ music!). That’s pretty impressive considering I have 3 cats, 2 dogs and a toddler. I also have a ‘daily minimum’ schedule. You can read about that here. Here’s what makes it work for me.

GOOD ENOUGH IS GOOD ENOUGH

I’m a bit of a perfectionist (okay, I’m a LOT of a perfectionist) but I learned that, if I want to spend less of my time cleaning, I had to be happy with good enough. Aim to keep each task to 15 minutes. You’ll be amazed at what you can get done in 15 minutes (I’ve unloaded the dishwasher during the ads between my favourite show!). It doesn’t have to be perfect – just done.

KEEP YOUR CLEANING SUPPLIES IN ONE PLACE

If you have to keep going back to the supply cupboard to get something, you’re wasting time. Keep rags/sponges and cleaning products in the kitchen and in each bathroom so you can easily grab and clean.

PLAN TO SAVE TIME

If you’re going to haul out the vacuum cleaner to clean your bedroom carpet, make that the day you vacuum all the bedroom carpets.

KEEP YOURSELF ON TRACK

Make a list and cross off items, or use an app for. That way you’ll know exactly what needs to be done each day.

CLEANING SCHEDULE

The following is my schedule. You can use it as a starting point and, within a week or two, you’ll know what you need to tweak.

Monday

  • Wash bed linen and bathroom towels
  • Clean common area floors

Tuesday

  • Vacuum bedroom carpets and downstairs rugs
  • Dust surfaces and clean glass doors

Wednesday

  • Clean common area floors
  • Outside sweeping
  • Wipe dining room chairs

Thursday

  • Guest and main bathrooms
  • Deep clean kitchen, sort through fridge
  • Vacuum bedroom carpets

Friday

  • Clean common area floors
  • Pick up desk, laundry room, mudroom
  • Wet mop kitchen

Saturday

  • Monthly to-do
  • Pick up closets

Sunday

  • Change bed linens

Do you have a cleaning schedule? If so, what does it look like?

Talk to you soon!

Clean House: The Power of a Weekly Cleaning Schedule
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