Dishes, laundry, dirty floors, yucky tubs, smelly toilets, overflowing laundry, stuff everywhere. How do people do it? Really, how can you keep your house clean, work and care for your family all without losing your mind? It’s a question many of us face. Long days of work, whether it be at home taking care of the children or in an office can definitely have you tired and not wanting to do anything but rest at the end of the long day. Still there is much work to be done.
Seriously, can one ever catch a break from this never ending cycle: work before work, work at work, work at home? Believe it our not, there are manywho have found a solution to this cycle and they have done so by creating or following a “cleaning schedule” or “checklist.” So I went to the holy grail of find everything (Pinterest) to discover that many people have put together cleaning schedules of great diversity. While there are so many schedules or checklists to choose, all have one thing in common: they were created to simplify life.
So in the spirit of trying to keep our homes in order without losing our minds, we thought we would share with you some of our favorite cleaning schedules.
Natalie over at The Creative Mom has created a schedule that has cleaning scheduled for specific times of the day and days of the week. This schedule also gives you an day off, Sunday. She also offers free printables of the schedule in which is titled, “A House of Order.” If you would like to see the details of this schedule or print it,click here. Natalie takes it a step further by offering you the opportunity to choose a printable schedule with a background to your liking.
Melissa, owner of the blog The Happier Homemaker, says that with a big house and three boys, the only way to survive is to have a schedule. She’s created a daily schedule that has her worrying about cleaning 5 days a week, giving herself more time to enjoy her weekends. In addition to her daily schedule which tackles specific chores each day, she has a few daily chores that she feels are necessary at her home: dishes, sweeping, vacuuming, wiping down counter tops and making beds.For those of you who want to create your own daily cleaning schedule, Melissa offers a free download for you to fill in the blanks if this is more your style.
Now for those of you who prefer to clean one room at a time rather than skipping all around the house and feeling as if nothing is ever completed, Sara at Sincerely Sara D. offers a cleaning schedule that not only provides a checklist to do daily, but specifically focuses on a specific area or “zone” as she calls them in the home for each day. Again, this schedule provides you with freedom from cleaning on the weekends if you choose.
Finally, our favorite comes in from Leslie over at Lamberts Lately, who after being a teacher and having a monthly house cleaner decided to turn stay-at-home into her career and become the DIY house cleaner. The key to her cleaning checklist is that the chores only take up about an hour of her time a day and this is what is so appealing to us. Less work on cleaning and more work to do the other things that we enjoy doing.