Make a Weekly Cleaning Schedule
I started this method when Michael and I moved to Virginia from New Jersey. We were both working our tails off and by Friday we were too exhausted to clean but yet so excited to get out and explore our new city that the house started looking like a bunch of teenage boys lived there rather than two young professionals… It took me a little while to figure this one out but, a little bit at a time [say 15-20 mins a day] is all I really needed to keep up with the household chores.
- Free up your free time
- Less clutter= less stress
- Your home is always presentable
- Don’t spend all day cleaning- just 20 mins a day
- Get a schedule
- There are lots of ways to do this. You can use the copy of mine I included or a quick google search will show you what others are using.
- Don’t stress about making your own. Just start using a simple cleaning schedule and within a few weeks you will realize what tweaks you need to make. Then you can use the blank printable I include to make it your own!
- Print it out
- Laminate it or frame it and use dry erase markers to check off what you’ve done. This helps to communicate what is left to do if you have a helpful husband or kiddos you’re putting to work. Plus there is something so satisfying about checking something off your list.
- Keep cleaning supplies close by
- Keep a simple cleaning kit in each bathroom or the linen closet next door. This way you have everything you need RIGHT THERE to get the job done, eliminating excuses!
- Set a timer
- Give yourself 15-20 mins. Push play on your N*SYNC pandora station and GET TO WORK.
- Don’t fall into traps! Don’t decide to clean out your closet or organize old pictures… stay the course!
New Daily Habits
- Make your bed every morning, as soon as you wake up.
- That way you start the day with something productive which sets the tone for the rest of the day. Your room will feel more inviting and relaxing which is exactly how it should be.
- Bonus: Your mother would be proud!
- Everything has a place.
- This will take time but if something doesn’t have a place to go in your home it will either always be in your way or disappear the next time you try to find it.
- Clothes automatically go in the hamper…
- No more giant piles in the corner! AND if you are like me and try on 14 different outfits before heading out the door for dinner, put them back on the rack! ((I try, but mostly fail at this))
- Do the damn dishes ((guilty))
- How awful is it to wakeup to a dirty kitchen? Start tomorrow off on a good note and put dirty dishes away and start the dishwasher the night before.
- Bonus if you preset your coffee maker! It’s a gift to yourself in the morning!