Tuesday, April 12, 2016

HOW I DO IT: CLEANING SCHEDULE

Once we moved into our new house I knew I would need to create a cleaning schedule. I spent a good bit of time researching how often you should clean things and that's how I came up with this list. I'll be honest and say that I didn't even think of cleaning some of the things listed below as often as recommended...glad I did my research!

I just printed this out and posted it inside of my planner and in our laundry room so I can see it often.




  • Honestly some of the weekly stuff doesn't get done each week. Things come up and plans change, and sometimes that is just out of our control.
If this is the case I get to it as soon as I can. One of my biggest pet peeves is having a dirty and cluttered bathroom counter, and about 99% of the mess comes from me. I get makeup on the counter and I leave hair products and styling tools out. I try my best to put stuff up when I'm finished, but if I'm in a rush it gets left out and I will put it up later, I try to not let the little things stress me out ;)


  • My 15 minute power clean on the daily checklist...aka I like going to bed with everything straightened up and put in it's place. 

That means, remote controls put in their basket, coffee table straightened up (magazines, candles, etc.), kitchen counters cleaned off (mail sorted and put up, breakfast/lunchboxes laid out and ready for the next morning, etc.), our shoes and jackets put up in their place, any throw blankets folded and put back in the crates under our coffee table, and pillows straightened up and in their place. I love being able to come downstairs in the morning and seeing everything in it's place and organized! If you don't do this, try it a couple of times and see how much of a difference is makes the next morning! Also, please note: it does not take me 15 minutes each and every day. Some days it takes 2 minutes and sometimes it takes all 15. Either way, it's 15 minutes or less!

  • As far as the monthly, quarterly section I just take a chore or two, depending on how much time I have, and work on it during the weekend, or if I'm feeling up to it and have time during the week.

For example, if I see the weather is going to be nice and I have some extra time I will clean the front and back door windows and outside windows. Other things can be done even when I'm not there, such as cleaning our pillows. Just throw them in the washer that morning when I wake up and then throw them in the dryer as soon as I get back home. 


  • Bigger chores such as purging closets or organizing the garage will take a good chunk of time, so when I see we have weekend with no plans I will try to plan on doing a bigger chore then.



Like I said in my meal planning post I used to dread cleaning our home, but now I look at it as a way to serve my husband, respect and take care our home. It's all about what kind of attitude you have towards things, and when I think of cleaning our house in those ways I am able to enjoy it a little more now. Don't get me wrong, I'm not jumping for joy to clean, but thinking about these things makes the mundane tasks bearable. 

Here are some verses that I have read that help me keep a positive attitude on this:
Proverbs 31:27
She watches over the ways of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness.

Proverbs 14:1
The wise woman builds her house, but the foolish pulls it down with her hands.


I also have a cleaning playlist on my Spotify that helps pass the time while I'm cleaning. There is a little bit of everything on that playlist...don't judge!



You can download the cleaning schedule here.


Other How I Do It posts:
How I Do It: Meal planning for 2
How I Do It: Grocery shopping (online)


10 comments:

  1. Girl you are better than I am!! I am more of a "clean on a whim" kind of wife haha!! However, Steven enjoys cleaning and I won't be one to stop him! But cooking is not his thing (nor is grocery shopping) so I let those areas be what I maintain all the time! We actually don't share a bathroom in our new house, but the habit of putting away everything in the mornings from having one bathroom has lived on! Well, there's always that mornings coffee cup on the counter but thats about it :)

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  2. Dang girl!! What a great list! If only I had the capacity to do 1/2 the stuff on your more comprehensive list... lol I'm so bad at doing more than just a surface clean. And I had no clue you're ever supposed to flip your mattresses!

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  3. Get it girl! (and then come to my house) hahaha Thanks for linking up today! xo

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  4. Wow this is an awesome list! really nothing beats a power clean before bed and waking up to a clean house :-) bookmarking this for when we move this summer!

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  5. I really need to make a cleaning schedule. This last month was so busy that I could not stay on top of things, and my house is now a wreck.

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  6. Excellent read, I just passed this into a colleague who was doing a little research on that. And he actually bought me lunch because I found it for him smile So let me rephrase that. check it

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  7. نعمل دائما في ركن نجد على تقديم خدمات تنظيف بالمنطقة الشرقية بطرق احترافية حيث نعمل علي تقديم خدمات احترافية في تنظيف الفلل ( الجديدة – المستخدمة – المفروشة ) كما تتطلب اعمال تنظيف الفلل المفروشة القيام باعمال تنظيف اطقم الكنب والمجالس والستائر بالبخار الحار بافضل ماكينات التنظيف بالبخار – كما نقوم بتنظيف خزانات المياه الارضي والعلوي مع استخدام افضل معقمات شركة ديتول

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    1. أعمال تنظيف فلل جديدة من الأعمال الشاقة التي تحتاج إلي شركة نظافة متخصصة ونتشرف في ركن نجد اننا أحدي أفضل تلك الشركات وذلك لما تتركة أعمال التشطيبات من بقع ورواسب في الأرضيات وكذلك كمية الأتربة والرمال نظرا لترك الدرايش مفتوحة والتي تترسب علي كافة الجدران والأرضيات حيث أننا في ركن نجد متخصصين في أعمال تنظيف فلل بجدة نقدم لك فيلتك كما تتمني أن تراها وكما يجب ان تراها حيث تتم اعمال النظافة الداخلية والخارجية للفيلا تماما مثلما يتم في تنظيف الفلل المستعملة باستثناء.
      شركة تنظيف بجدة

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  9. A very nice guide. I will definitely follow these tips. Thank you for sharing such detailed article. I am learning a lot from you.

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