It can be tempting to leave all of your cleaning for one day, causing you to spend hours scrubbing, vacuuming, dusting, and disinfecting your entire home. And, if that process works well for you, then have at it! But, if you’re looking for a way to make maintaining a clean home less overwhelming, developing a regular cleaning routine is important. Not sure where to start? Here are a few tips for putting together a cleaning schedule that works for you!
1. Make a Master List
First things first, you need to get a handle on how many regular cleaning chores you have. So, sit down and make one long list of all of the cleaning tasks that happen in your home during any given month. It’s up to you how specific you want to get with this. Your list could include just the basic functions, such as dusting and running the vacuum. Or, it can list chores down to the details, such as cleaning out the fridge and shaking out rugs.
Figure out how structured you want your schedule to be. That will help you determine if it should just be a general guideline for you to stick to, or a more rigid calendar you continuously need to follow.
2. Determine How to Split the Tasks
Now that you have your cleaning tasks listed out, there are numerous ways you can divide them. Do you want to split your schedule up room by room, meaning that you’ll clean the living room on Monday and the kitchen on Tuesday? Or, do you want to split things up by task? For example, disinfecting all surfaces on Wednesday and dusting all of the furniture on Thursday. Think about how you want to divide your tasks, so you can set up a routine that works well for you!
3. Plan Smart
When identifying what cleaning tasks you’ll complete on any given day, make sure that you have your personal calendar nearby. You want to avoid scheduling really large and time consuming tasks (i.e. washing all of the windows) on days when you’re already quite busy. Perhaps your Wednesdays are consistently busy, and filled with meetings, practices, and appointments. Then keep that as a light day on your cleaning schedule. You’ll already feel stressed and overworked. So, if you pile more tasks on that day, you likely won’t do them and your whole cleaning schedule will start to unravel.
4. Enlist Help
Just because you were the one to create the cleaning schedule, doesn’t mean you need to do all of the chores on your own. Enlist the help of your family to stick to the schedule. Having a firm schedule in place will help them to know what they’re expected to do each week. If your children know that they always need to vacuum the house when they get home from school on Tuesday, they’re likely to do it every week — especially if they need to complete the chore before being able to do fun things!
5. Stick to the Plan
The key with making a cleaning schedule effective is sticking to it. So, do your best to create a realistic plan and then follow it week after week. However, don’t be afraid to continuously re-evaluate and make changes to your plan as you learn what’s working and what isn’t. It’s a learning process, and it may take you some time to refine a plan that works perfectly for your family!
Cleaning isn’t always fun. But, it doesn’t need to be a completely overwhelming project. Follow these tips to create a cleaning schedule that will keep you on track, and make maintaining a clean home much less daunting!
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