Get Organized // A Cleaning Schedule

surprisingly, there's been a few nice days lately in chicago.  actual able to open the windows for a few hours type of days.  which of course means - i got my spring cleaning done.  there's just something so satisfying about having a perfectly clean living space, if even just for a day.  because who can maintain a perfectly clean and sanitized house at all times?  not me.  certainly not hawkeye.

but, you can do things to keep it close to that way.  maybe not in a state of constant deep clean, but at least in a state where you wouldn't have to rush around shoving things into closets and closing bedroom doors because someone called to say they'll be stopping by in 20 minutes.  yes, it's true!  your home can always be at an 'acceptable to visitors' level.  i realize that might be a foreign concept to some people, lord knows it was to me for awhile.  because even though i'm great at keeping away the clutter, i never really cared about regularly wiping down mirrors or vacuuming.  i would only do those things before someone was coming over to stay, and that only made me hate the tasks more because obviously vacuuming is a way more time consuming process if you only do it once a month as opposed to every few days.  let's be honest here - i went about 3 months before i'd vacuum.  fine, judge me, but it's my most hated chore.

now i'm off that path of pre-guest cleaning panic.  while i still need to spring clean and fall clean, a twice a year deep clean is enough because i do small cleaning tasks each day.  that's the trick to staying on top of things.  don't let it all pile up for sundays because it's just too much.  and anything you miss will just keep getting pushed back to the next weekend and then the weekend after that and then you're back to the place where you don't want anyone to come over.  it's better to do daily maintenance.  if you need to, get a groupon for a cleaning service to kick start your clean space - it's easier to maintain than it is to deep clean yourself in one day.  but whether you hire out or spring clean yourself, schedule daily cleaning sessions to maintain your newly prettied space.  here's my little scheduler:


i usually do the same tasks on each day of the week, but occasionally something comes up so i keep it flexible.  i spend one day each on: decluttering, dusting and mopping floors, vacuuming, the bathroom, the kitchen, and sunday is laundry day including linens.  i also tidy up the bedroom and living room on sundays, but in my small apartment this is easy.  you'll notice this is only 6 days.  always take a day off because you're going to have a rough day or something will come up.  my off day is tuesdays.  if i get things done, great.  if not, whatever!  i also have the some day category (as opposed to 'someday' which is a distant day in the future and never actually arrives), some day means some single day this week, it'll happen.  i either transfer tasks from another day i missed or i schedule things that don't need to be done every single week, like window washing or oven cleaning.

there's lots of different ways to make a cleaning schedule.  maybe you do the laundry daily and prefer this schedule.  maybe you have way more rooms than i do.  whatever your situation is, you can find a cleaning schedule to fit it.  i promise that once you get into the routine you'll find it's much easier and less stressful than the pre-guest panic!

25 comments

  1. This is a good idea to stay on task. My coworker told me about her religious cleaning schedule and I thought it sounded a bit ridiculous and daunting at first, but this seems like it'll make cleaning more manageable!

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  2. I always tell myself I'm only gonna clean a little but once I get going I can't stop! It's a curse.

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  3. I need a schedule like this but I need it to be programmed into my phone otherwise I'll forget and put it off until..."someday". Lol.

    ♥ Duckie.

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  4. Definitely agree with the "small tasks frequently vs. everything before people come over" concept. I don't delegate specific tasks to each weekday, but instead I just allot 45 minutes a day to cleaning. No one can say they're so busy they don't have 45 minutes, and surprisingly LOTS of tasks fit into 45 min!

    www.Desgettier.com

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  5. I am one of those people that wait till the weekend. The weekdays are just so hectic and full so it doesn't work for me otherwise but I do wipe down and take out trash etc during the week. Things that can be done in a few minutes.

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  6. i do a load of laundry on wednesday otherwise the mountain that waits on saturday won't fit into a dryer and when you have a husband and child who for some reason, LOVES changing outfits all fucking day, it can pile up. i've also taken a page out of steph's playbook and wipe down the kitchen so that stains and shit don't mess/dry up on the counter, making it easy to

    we also split the chores so that is a hell of a lot easier; with 2 sets of hands doing stuff, it frees up a lot of time and things get done quicker. thank god i don't have a lazy husband or i'd have to lay the smackdown!

    -kathy
    Vodka and Soda

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  7. I clean the whole house every weekend, during the week I keep the clutter put away and wipe down anything that looks like it's not going to make it to the weekend deep cleaning. As long as guests don't want to visit my bedroom I'm always guest ready. :)

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  8. I am such a weekend cleaner but I hate it because it eats up so much of my day off! I need to get better at doing little chores every day. Thanks for the print out!

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  9. I have an excel spreadsheet and I modify it as necessary, but I group chores on weeknights and only do what I want on weekends.

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  10. I really need to get on a cleaning schedule. I'm on more of a "whenever the mood strikes me" aka when it gets bad or people are coming over. Which reminds me, I really have to get to cleaning because I have 2 people coming in a week.

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  11. I started a cleaning routine last monday, as in a week and a half ago. That routine lasted one day. Go me.

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  12. I'm a pretty messy person (not dirty!) but Steve grew up with a stay-at-home mom who did laundry and vacuumed every day. He HATES a messy house. Our house is big, so it takes a lot for it to look totally messy, but I've been getting much better at swiffering up the mounds of cat hair, and sanitzing the counters every night after dinner. As soon as wallet watch is over, I want to splurge on a professional cleaning service for a deep clean.

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  13. it's really much better for me and the hubs once we wrote down a schedule too. we do big tasks on a monthly basis. i tend to do certain things every day - tidy up kitchen - and some things when needed - dust, laundry. This way unexpected guests can visit and our house isn't a pig sty ;).

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  14. I had to create a cleaning schedule because I'd always say "oh I'll spend the weekend straightening up" and then Saturday would come & I'd be like "yeah partyyy". So, Monday would come around with the same clothes thrown about the floor and dirty dishes in the sink. I separated my schedule into things I do daily, weekly, biweekly, monthly, and biannually, to keep track of everything. I also clean during the week because I learned the hard way that nothing ever gets done on the weekend in my apartment.

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  15. Can my cleaning schedule be you come out every couple of weeks and make me clean? : D

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  16. Great tips! We have to vacuum and mop right before we have guests because we have a big ole lab that drops hair ALL the time. I actually get frustrated because I feel like it is never clean for long but he is a cutie. I only had a cat before my husband so it has taken some adjustment ;)

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  17. I tend to do most of my cleaning Saturday mornings. When I get home from work at night I am freaking TIRED and after I cook dinner and do those dishes..I don't feel like doing any cleaning! I do clean up the kitchen counters and bathroom counters every night and keep up with the dishes. I do laundry on Wednesdays and then either Saturday or Sunday.

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  18. I JUST started doing this and your printable will definitely help. Especially for me to place it in the kitchen where Brian just might happen to see it ;)

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  19. I need to make something like this for our place... was literally just thinking about it yesterday!

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  20. My Mom was pretty strict about always keeping the house company-ready...because seriously, I don't know what was up with my family but it was a rare 24 hours when nobody happened to drop in. The little-at-a-time strategy really helps because then nothing ever seems like a hugely overwhelming task!

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  21. Ugghh I suck at this. No matter how many lists I have, I just never seem to accomplish the tasks. I know, I suck. I NEED to do this.

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  22. what did I do before you were in my life?!

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  23. i had a cleaning schedule at my last place and it made life soooo much easier, now that i live in a shoebox it might not be necessary, cleaning this place takes about 2 minutes and i love it!!

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  24. If you just want to come over and help me get started I would let you. I mean, it's helpful to have somebody else. lol.

    I like your plans though!

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  25. But the laundry for four people... That's my most hated chore. I'd rather vacuum 5 times a day than do laundry, and it shows.

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