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Creating A Weekly Cleaning Schedule That Works

I’ve tried more cleaning schedules over the years than I’d like to admit- all the ones that people swear will change your life and your house. None of them ever stuck long term. The end result? A house that was constantly a mess and more lost permission slips than I can count. Not to mention a whole lot of embarrassment whenever someone would just drop by without the acceptable 10 minute notice (that I usually spent shoving everything in closets). So for the last few months I’ve been on a mission to create my own personal cleaning schedule that works for my house and my life. I think I’ve done it. I’ve been sticking with this current cleaning schedule for over 2 months now, during summer with all 4 kids home all day every day, and my house has never looked better!

The secret to my success was breaking it down into rooms instead of trying to do like things on one day. For example- cleaning all the toilets, sinks and tubs on one day. That’s a lot of toilet scrubbing and inevitably I would find a reason to not finish the job. This way I’m deep cleaning a whole room and seeing instant results. I’m an instant gratification kind of person so this works well for me.

The first week I started this cleaning schedule was rough. Mainly because I’d been slacking on deep cleaning so things were messy and disorganized. I buckled down and spent the first week really cleaning out stuff and organizing as well as deep cleaning. The hard work paid off. It doesn’t take me any time at all to run through my daily cleaning now. I do it first thing in the morning and it takes me less than an hour usually. One hour a day and I have a clean home. Of course I still pick up and straighten in every room every day but doing it every day ensures the clutter doesn’t build up.

I even made daily cleaning printables that I made to keep myself on track. I printed them in 5×7 size, and laminated them using contact paper. I punched a hole in them, attached them to a key ring, and hung the key ring from the handle of my cleaning basket. That was last month’s project- I made a central cleaning basket with all the cleaning products I use on a daily basket (windex, polish, multi-surface cleaner, etc) plus paper towels and gloves, etc. In the morning when I start my daily cleaning I just pick up the basket and take it with me. No more running up and down stairs for different products! I use a dry erase marker to check off each item off my cleaning list as I complete it. I love my to-do lists and I love checking things off of them. It makes me feel very productive.  Below are the printables I made for myself. I also included a blank one that you can save to your computer and customize for your own house.

Printable is for personal use only- neither the printable nor any of the components may be reproduced or sold.

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  • I’ve tried plenty of cleaning schedules as well. I finally created my own for light cleaning, but I still need to figure out deeper cleaning. Thanks for the ideas.

  • Paula Parrish

    Thanks for sharing your awesome cleaning printables and tips. ;o) I always can use some inspiration to keep my house clean.

  • Helen @lovelyandloving.com

    Hi Delia! I love printables as I can’t make them so I always think it is so generous when fellow bloggers share them. I just bought a new home and moving from a tiny 1 bed apartment so I know my cleaning habits will have to change. This printable is so handy and can’t wait to try it out!

  • Carrie, the easiest way is to just right click on the image and save to your computer. Then you can either print it and hand write what you want in each section or you can use picmonkey to add text to the image. That’s what I used to make my charts. Hope that helps 🙂

  • carrie

    LOVE this printable, but how do I save it so that I can customize it to work with my house? I really like your way of cleaning!

  • Jenn Adams

    I too have recently broken down the cleanings by rooms and have found that it is easier to stay on top of and love the way my house looks 🙂 Thanks for sharing

  • Stacey

    I like it! I have tried so many different things. I even did FlyLady for a while. I stick with most things for a while, but when I fall off the cleaning wagon, it’s really hard to climb back on! I may have to try breaking it down like this though. Great tip!

  • Oh now that is cool! I’m totally going to check that out for the kids. I’ve been putting off updating their chore lists because I wanted to change them and didn’t know what I wanted to do. Thank you so much for sharing that!

  • You’re welcome. If it makes you feel any better, when I worked full time before we had kids my house looked like a train wreck. There was no cleaning schedule known to man that helped me out. How 2 adults and a dog can create so much mess is beyond my comprehension. Keeping this house clean IS a full time job now. Haha!

  • Chass

    I found this great website to make chore charts for me. kids and husband included. It’s called chorebuster.com. And you can add in fun stuff too like eat ice cream, play with the baby, do a random act of kindness. It has really helped my 9 year old understand his responsibilities in the family….. and TOTALLY keeps the parents accountable (one thing on there is Chore Police and man is the nine year old tough on us!) And it makes it random for me so I don’t dread Wednesdays because I have to do laundry, for example.

  • This is awesome. I have been struggling for years to find a good cleaning schedule that works for me. It is so hard working full time and having the house to care for! Thanks so much!