Setting up a Cleaning Schedule + a Free Printable
An easy and effective way to organize the cleaning in your home, making sure nothing is forgotten; plus, a free printable to help get you started!
As we get closer and closer to this sweet babe coming, I have to admit I have been getting some anxiety! Its most likely hormonal;) but its got me thinking/worrying extra hard about things! One of which is how I can keep the house clean with a newborn; also, whether or not I will be able to get all of the bigger cleaning tasks done that I want to do before he/she comes! I am sure you may think of me as a werido after this, but I have to say I genuinely enjoy cleaning (most of the time). Sometimes too much! I am working on not being so particular about things. Cleaning can be such a stress relief though. If I am ever feeling stressed out, I can start vacuuming and feel so much better within a few minutes. Its like a pill, haha! Ya'll should try it. That being said I have fallen off the wagon recently with our home and with this anxiety coming on, I decided to refer back to my handy cleaning schedule.
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Today I am sharing one of my favorite methods for organizing my cleaning and setting up a schedule for it! All you need is a pencil and paper.. and a printer if you are planning on using the free printable.
To start the process, simply grab a pencil and paper and walk around your house from one end to the other, jotting down everything that could possibly need cleaned. Look up and down and everywhere. Try to not leave anything out! Even the cleaning items you rarely do, or ones that are an afterthought. For example, some of the less common cleaning items may include, "cleaning under the fridge, wiping down the walls, dusting above the cabinets, dusting the ceiling fan, washing the draperies, etc." While the more common ones will include, "vacuuming, unloading the dishwasher, doing a load of laundry, wiping down the counter tops, etc." It does not need to be organized in any specific way, its just a mind dump and you are wanting to make sure nothing is missed or forgotten.
Once you have written down every last thing that may need cleaned, you can use your printable to organize all of the tasks into how often they need to be done. This printable includes daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, semiannually, and annually categories. I would recommend scribbling next to each item first on your scratch paper what category you think it should be in (daily, weekly, monthly, etc.) that way if you change your mind on something it won't be on your final paper. You can switch the tasks from one to the other until you have made up your mind. This will likely be the most difficult part, but you know your home the best, and you know how often different areas need cleaned! Every home is different. Some people may find the laundry needs to be done daily rather than weekly (I stick with weekly) or they just can't stand the dust above the cabinets so they want it cleaned more often than others would. If you are stuck on something wondering how often you should be cleaning this item or area, Google it! "How often should you wash your sheets?" Then, decide whether or not you agree with what you find and go from there.
What you do with your 'Master Cleaning Schedule' printable is up to you! You can stick it on your fridge, or in a notebook somewhere. I like to use it first to organize my planner, writing down each item in its perspective place. I usually just do this for the monthly, quarterly, semi-annually, and annually tasks, as these are ones I will tend to forget and I use my planner pretty often. Then, I will keep my printable on the fridge or in a file somewhere to refer back to. If you have a chalkboard hanging in your kitchen like the one I made here, you can use this to jot down the daily or weekly cleaning items and check them off as you go! This cleaning schedule is very flexible and it is meant to be changed and accommodated to YOUR home! The general idea behind it though is that nothing is being forgotten about and everything is scheduled in, even if you are only doing it once a year!
I hope this is helpful to you and your home, and I would love to hear any cleaning or scheduling tips you guys have in the comments below! Happy cleaning ya'll.