Cleaning the house can be a daunting task if you are not organized. I hate to wake up and look around the house and think about all the things I 'think' I have to do that day. I decided to make a schedule and share it with you, When things get organized it is so nice to know what you have to do that day, do it, and relax. You might be saying "I have kids and I don't have time". Yes you do! I am a stay at home mom with 3 girls. I find time and so can you. You can get your kids involved too. They love to help mommy in their preschool years. Enjoy it while you can. Let's get started.
The everyday stuff
Here is a list of things that you should attempt to do everyday.
* Wash the dishes. My family of five has a load a day. If you are single or a couple, you may have less. Don't run a load everyday if the dishwasher isn't full. It wastes water and costs you money.
*Make your bed. Most people don't do this but it only takes a minute. I turn on my coffee pot and make my bed while it's brewing. When it's done, I get to check it off my list and it's a motivator to get the other stuff done.
*Casual picking up. If you have kids, they should be involved with this. I used to work at a daycare in the one year old room. My toddlers knew where to put the toys on the shelf and knew they had to pick up one activity before going on to the next. If a group of one year olds can do this, school-agers and especially teenagers can do it. Make them pick up before lunch, dinner, and before they go outside. You may have to remind them a few times but it becomes routine after a week or so. For other things besides toys, pick it up when you are done with it. Check out www.freeprintablebehaviorcharts.com for all kinds of charts to help get your kids organized. I have a rule, do it when I think about it. Don't tell yourself that you need to do it today. Do it now. If you walk by a bowl on the counter, pick it up immediately and put it away. Don't procrastinate.
* Laundry. This is, by far, my least favorite chore. It is a must though so get it over with. It will never get done if you let it pile up. There are a couple of different ways you can do this. If you have a big family, do a load everyday. I have a husband and three kids so I do a load a day. I do my husband's one day, mine another, and each of the kids get a day. I do towels another day and save Sunday for sheets and linens. Other people may choose to let it pile up all day and do the day's worth at night. That's fine too. If you have an infant, you will go through a ton of onesies and spit rags. Don't let them sit because formula will stain an ugly yellow color and the item will be ruined. Rinse out immediately and wash all baby items in a perfume free, dye free detergent everyday.
These things should be done weekly. Pick the same day every week for each chore. Don't try to do it all in one day. That's a sure fire way to get overwhelmed.
* Clean the floors. Vacuum and mop on the same day. Pick a day or time when you have the least foot traffic at home...nap time or when the kids are at school. If you work all week, have the kids go outside or have a spouse take them to the park and get it done. Don't forget the kitchen and bathroom floors and shake out all rugs and mats.
* Wash the sheets. This is included in your laundry schedule so it shouldn't be hard to keep up with. Make sure you do it early in the day so you have time to get the linens back on the beds before bedtime.
* Scrub down the bathrooms. This should include, scrubbing the tub, shower, toilet, counter, and mirror. Put cleaner in the toilet and let it sit while you clean the rest. Don't forget to disinfect the trash can.
* Wash the windows. The best way to clean glass and not leave streaks is Windex and newspaper. Trust me on this. Try it.
* Dust. I like to use swiffer dusters for this. Don't forget to dust the fan blades, air vents, corners, moldings, and shelves.
* Clean the kitchen, Disinfect the counters, wipe down appliances on the outside, and clean the microwave. That's it.
* Disinfect everything! Lysol all toys, door knobs, soft surfaces. I also take this opportunity to Febreze the house. Get all beds, animal beds, curtains, and rugs. Also, fill up the sink with bleach and water and dump all the kids blocks in it. Don't forget to rinse them off and dry.
That's seven chores for seven days. If you spread them out, it's not very bad.
These tasks get harder to remember because you don't do them all the time. A good way to remember is by putting them in your cell phone date book. You can set the alarm for monthly and it will alert you and show you your task schedule for the day.
*Clean out the refrigerator. Do this once a month on the same day that you do your kitchen spot cleaning and get it done with. Another monthly task is cleaning the front of your cabinets. You can add this in as well.
* Vacuum your couch. Yes, I mean lift up the cushions and clean it out. You never know what you will find. My couch cushions unzip so I take this time to wash them. My couch looks brand new every month.
* Change your air filter. Try to buy these in bulk and just whip out a new one every month. It's super easy and fast.
* Check your smoke alarm batteries. This is essential. You never know when these may save your life.
* Spot clean your walls. Go around and check for fingerprints and crayon marks. Don't forget to have your Magic Eraser...it's a lifesaver.
You can set these in your datebook or phone also.
* Clean exterior doors and sweep patio.
* Wash your curtains and blinds.
* Clean all the baseboards.
* Clean out the closets.
"Housework is something you do that nobody notices until you don't do it." ~Author Unknown"
This job is endless
All of these chores are just the beginning of a mother's job. This hub doesn't even cover taking the kids to school, appointments, soccer practice, paying the bills, cooking dinner, changing diapers, bath time, story time, feeding the animals or cleaning litter boxes, or mowing the lawn. If you can get all these things organized, your days will be so much smoother. Getting started is hard but if you take my advice and stick to your schedule, you will find time for yourself. You deserve it. Check out some of my other lenses for more tips on saving money and being the best you.
To all the working and/or single moms out there...I tip my hat to you. You are my heroes. I do not know if I could handle all that I do on top of a 40 hour per week job.
Car maintenance has a schedule too. Having said that, most of us leave the car repair to our husbands. I think we should know what is going on with our car and when we need to take it in. Keep the vehicle that you drive your children around in running and dependable. Here are a few tips.
* Check your cars tire pressure at least once a week. You can buy a gauge that is a keychain or keep a small one in your glove box.
*Wash your car at least once a week and vacuum it out at least monthly. This will be more if you have toddlers.
* Change the oil and filter every 3 months or 3000 miles.
* Check all the oil levels once a week to make sure you don't have a leak or that you aren't out of washer fluid.
These are easy steps that you can do to make sure your car is running between tune-ups.
Abundant Old Soul from united states on August 11, 2015:
This is a great article. I am a new housewife. I am trying to learn the tricks of the trade. They seem a little scary. I felt inspired by your organization. I am excited to get going actually. I start today. Thank you!!
Leigh on March 02, 2013:
Careful with all that lysol and bleach on surfaces that may end up on little ones mouths (or pets)!! Keeping a clean house is important but many of these cleaners are very toxic. There are natural versions of all of these that work very well. For example, windex has a lot of ammonia (super toxic). Use vinegar + water or a natural window cleaner and wipe with a newspaper or coffee filter. This will work very well. You can use vinegar and water on almost anything as an all purpose cleaner. If you don't like the smell of vinegar, soak citrus peel in vinegar for a week and pour the liquid into a spray bottle, voila! Natural yummy smelling cleaner. If you feel you MUST cover your children's toys in bleach be VERY careful to use the right amount, which should not be more than a teaspoon. And realize there are cons to over disinfecting that can lead to you getting more sick all the time. Your body needs to build up resistence to bacterias in order to stay healthy. If you kill all the bacteria you come across you'll never give your body a chance to do this (or your kids). You also risk a child or pet inhaling or consuming toxic substances and being VERY sick.
Moi on January 21, 2013:
I've recently moved to a large house, we've over 14 rooms to clean. Is there a way to clean a house of this size without killing myself?
maxie on August 06, 2012:
Vacuuming on a daily basis is something that most people (as expected) forget to do. This is sadly one of the biggest reasons that house cleaning need to be professionally cleaned every so often.
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lilredrodeo on March 30, 2012:
I am still wondering why so many cleaning schedules have dusting on a separate day from vacuuming. Shouldn't we be vacuuming up the dust immediately.
Elaine Ossipov from Anacortes, Washington on October 19, 2011:
I always work better and physically feel better if I have a set schedule. I think it's just good for the body physically and mentally to know what to expect in the general sense.
tuff tiff on September 24, 2011:
I hate cleaning too but I sure enjoy a clean house. It is so relaxing!
Kelly on June 01, 2011:
This is an excellent schedule but I still hate Cleaning :S
cleaning process is a very tiring process .... I also hate the dust :/
sometimes u need to save time as well as money... last March I needed to clean my house and I dealt with princess maid services company and I think it is also money saving , they did very good work and I didn't have to pay too much money. But even if you are worried that it requires some additional costs, you can think about that the other way - you can use that time that you would spend for cleaning working and making some extra money, more than you would pay for the cleaning service.
Thanks again for the schedule ... keep the great work up
Liv on April 07, 2011:
Pretty good schedule. I agree with everything except the bit about disinfecting everything with lysol, febreeze etc. These products are not healthy to use and certainly NOT for toys that may be chewed on and ingested by an infant--both these products contain known carcinogens and should not be used around children. It is good for kids to be exposed to some germs on a daily basis as it helps build their immune system. And people wonder why cancer is so prevalent--we're exposing ourselves (and our kids) to these carcinogenic chemicals daily.
aleida_77 from Los Angeles on March 30, 2011:
Excellent article. I believe setting a cleaning schedule and sticking to it is essential.
Susan on March 02, 2011:
It really helps to have a plan. Working 72 hrs a week and taking care of 4 kids, I need all the free time I can manage to be with them. Thank you for the list!
Susan on March 02, 2011:
For Laundry, I use a 3 bin sorter (easy and cheap to find. I think I got mine at Walmart). That makes it easy to sort out the lights, darks, and whites. Then, Every other day, I do laundry. To put it all away (quite a bit of running around in a big house with 6 people in it), I have a laundry basket for each person in the laundry room. I toss their clothes in their baskets and take them to their rooms to fold and put away. I've found it's a good way to streamline.
Sandy E. on February 25, 2011:
Are you for HIRE!!! lol I work all day and I'm to tired and never know where to start first. Make my self a chore list ( a plan of attack)and stick to it! I'll give it a try. Your right, trying to do it all in one day is over`whelming!
Lori on February 05, 2011:
Thank you so much for the great article. I work full time and it seems like I am always trying to keep up with the housework. This gets discouraging. I think your schedule will help me stay ahead of the game.
ZAINA on January 23, 2011:
Thank you ever so much ... cleaning was always kind of not organized and ur schedule puts things where they should be , i have 2 kids and am 23 love spending time with them more than anything yet things have to b done , i especially want to thank you for the freeprintablebehaviorchart.com i got a lot more of it than i hoped . God bless and thank u again
Angel on December 22, 2010:
Thank you so much! I am 20 and have a 1 year old, i hope i can get this down.
Angel on December 22, 2010:
Thank you so much! I am 20 and have a 1 year old, i hope i can get this down.
Rudolf on October 07, 2010:
Good and very informative for all. It is very important for the day modern life to live with good surroundings.
Spic-N-Span House Cleaning on September 01, 2010:
This is an excellent article. Very useful tips and right on the money! Thanks for the great writing.
Mindy on June 12, 2010:
This is awesome! I have a 5 year old that loves to help and two 15 month old boys. Keeping up with the housework after work is impossible so I have been trying to get everything done on the weekends - which is overwhelming. I will no longer have the mentality 'How much can I get done today?'. I will have a set task and can play and enjoy my kids after that!!! Thank you thank you!!
Everett on May 27, 2010:
Thanks for the useful article!
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Ivorwen from Hither and Yonder on June 12, 2009:
I love working off a schedule. When I was first married, I put together a box of cards, color coding the chore by how often they need to be done. This has helped me not to forget the really important seasonal stuff, such as ordering seeds for the garden, before the snow has melted. The other thing I love about my box of cards is that it is easy to delegate chores -- just hand the next daily card to the next available person!
Joanna McKenna from Central Oklahoma on April 10, 2009:
Some variation of your schedule should work for anybody! Personally, even without kids at home now, I find it easier to to do housework before I'm fully awake. Just start a load of laundry, move on to something else and then another, and by the time I remember I haven't had coffee yet, what *has* to be done is done!