Adopt a House Cleaning Schedule Today – Get Organized!

A house cleaning schedule is a major key to organizing to clean a home. Whether you don’t find pleasure in cleaning or simply feel overwhelmed by the thought of tidying up your place, creating a schedule is the answer.  A cleaning schedule is an organized way of house cleaning.  You wouldn’t have to think of what needs to be cleaned today, tomorrow or next month.  The checklist can point out the areas to tackle for a given day and what type of cleaning needs to be done.

In creating a house cleaning schedule, identify which chores need to be done daily, weekly, monthly and seasonally.  Break down your cleaning tasks into manageable chores grouped according to frequency of cleaning.

Daily To-dos.  These are cleaning chores that need to be done on a daily basis.

1.    Straighten your bed.  As soon as you get up, why not make your bed?  Then you never have to think about it again the rest of the day.
2.    Wash the dishes.  Dirty dishes can attract all sorts of insects depending on where you live.  Bacteria and germs can also breed on unwashed dishes.
3.    Tidy up.  Don’t leave things strewn all over the place.  Clean or pick up as you go.  If you have kids, tell them to put up their toys or art materials after use.  Books should be returned to the proper shelf or magazine rack.  Clothes and shoes should never be used as decorative accents around the house.  If you want, schedule picking up just before lunch, before dinner and before going to bed.
4.    Take out the trash.  Clean out the trash cans daily to prevent any unpleasant odor and to keep insects away.

Weekly Chores.  Perform weekly chores on the same day each week.

1.    Vacuum and mop the floors.  You should perform these two tasks one after the other.  Choose a day when there is least activity in the home.  Don’t forget to include the kitchen floor.
2.    Vacuum carpets and rugs.   Carpet and rugs should be vacuumed every week and more often in high traffic areas.  If someone suffers from allergies in the home, you may have to do this task more than once a week.
3.    Dust.  The following should be dusted well: shelves, table tops, moldings, tops of doors, corners, furniture, picture frames, windowsills as well as ceiling fans.
4.    Polish wooden furniture.  Use wood furniture polish together with a lint free cloth to get the shine back on your wooden furniture.  
5.    Clean the kitchen.  Make sure that the refrigerator, microwave and other appliances are wiped down.  Sanitize the counter as well.
6.    Clean the bathroom.  Take out the shower curtain if you have one and throw it into the washing machine.  Scrub the bathroom floor, walls, toilet bowl, sink and bathtub.  Don’t forget to wipe the fixtures and the bathroom mirror.
7.    Change and wash bed sheets.  Sheets should be changed and washed weekly.  
8.    Wash windows.  Using old newspaper and water is a great way of cleaning windows on the cheap.  However, you can also use commercial glass cleaners if budget is not a concern.
9.    Wash and iron your clothes.  Your laundering and ironing schedule actually depends on how many live in your home.  The lesser number of people, the fewer times you have to launder and iron.  If someone’s clothes are stained, immediately apply a stain remover and wash the item.

Monthly tasks.  There are cleaning tasks that can be done once a month.

1.    Clean the refrigerator.  Wipe the inside of the refrigerator and throw out expired or spoiled food.
2.    Clean the oven.  Use an oven cleaner to clean baked on food.  If your oven is rarely used, you can move this chore to the seasonal cleaning list.
3.    Vacuum the couch.  If your couch has a slip cover or removable cushion covers, launder them.  Your couch accumulates dirt and dust so vacuum it once a month.
4.    Wash curtains.  Curtains are dust magnets.  Make sure to wash them at least once a month.
5.    Others:  Change air filters, check the batteries of smoke alarms, clean light fixtures, wipe down doors, do some gardening, etc.

Seasonal jobs.  These are cleaning chores that can be done between longer periods of time.  Seasonal cleaning jobs are usually done every quarter, twice a year or annually.   

1.    Clean out closets, pantries and drawers.   Identify items to donate, recycle, reuse or throw away.  Also clean out your garage.
2.    Vacuum mattresses.  Apart from vacuuming your mattresses, you may also need to turn them.  Instructions for turning a mattress are found on the mattress tag.
3.    Launder pillows and cushion.  Wash your pillows and dry them.  
4.    Others:  Clean walls, baseboards, gutters, roof, patio furniture, ceiling fans, vents and more.

The house cleaning schedule above is not written in stone.  Each schedule is personal and will depend on the size and design of your home, if you have pets, your personal schedule, as well as the schedules of the other people who can help you with these chores.   Develop your own daily, weekly, monthly and seasonal cleaning schedule.  You can write them in your planner.  For monthly and seasonal cleaning jobs, use an electronic calendar to remind you when a task is coming up.  Keeping a house clean is not necessarily enjoyable.   However, by adopting a house cleaning schedule and breaking the tasks down into manageable pieces, cleaning tasks become less daunting and more doable.