The Ultimate Clean House Schedule
Daily, weekly, and monthly chore charts for easier house cleaning
Cleaning the house is a daunting task. I don't care how many 'labour-saving devices' you have around the home, they don't really save much in the way of your labour. To keep the monster mess under control, you have to be organised.
I hated to wake up and look around the house and see all the chores that I had to do. No matter what I did, they never seemed to get any better! Until one morning when I knuckled down and made a schedule. Let me share it with you.
The Everyday Chores
Tasks to get accomplished everyday
List of things that you should attempt to do everyday.
Wash the dishes Got a dishwasher? With a family, that's 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. I've never had a dishwasher, water is precious where I live and I soak the breakfast and lunch dishes until it's time to prepare the evening meal.
- Have only one plate, bowl, mug and set of crockery for each person. Keep the rest in the cupboard. The more you have out close to hand, the more you use, the more you have to wash.
Make your bed Making your bed takes only a minute. Put the kettle or coffee pot on while you're doing it. A made bed is a great motivator to get the other stuff done.
- Get a doona bag cover for every bed. A doona bed cover is like a quilt, but also different from a quilt, eiderdown or duvet because it has a removable, washable cover. Can't get a doona where you live? Run up some covers yourself from washable fabrics.
Casual picking up If you have small children, get baskets so they can always put their toys in them. It's everyone's responsibility to pick up their stuff before eating, before they go outside and before they go to bed..
- Pick up your own stuff! When you finish an activity, put the items away. Do it now. If you walk by a bowl on the counter, pick it up immediately.. Don't procrastinate.
Laundry Dirty clothes don't wash themselves. Laundry will never get done if you let it pile up. Thank heavens for washing machines! A load can run while you sweep the kitchen floor and whisk the carpet sweeper over the living areas.
- Fold finished laundry as you take your afternoon break or watch the news in the evening. Put the dried clothes away! This has always been my failing - I leave the clean clothes and towels in (neatly folded) piles all over the place. I have to force myself to put them away.
Quick and easy cover for your duvet
Easy instructions to quickly run up a cover on your doona. In these instructions, the doona is referred to as a duvet, Where I live, a duvet doesn't have a removable cover but you could still make a cover as protection against grubbiness.
Use some sheets - you can buy bright sheets, or sheets in any design.
Weekly House Cleaning Tasks
Chores to do every week
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.
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. Wash the windows The best way to clean glass and not leave streaks is Windex and a clean tea owel (kitchen towel), not a paper towel. Trust me on this. Try it.
5. Dust Don't forget to dust the fan blades, air vents, corners, mouldings, and shelves.
6. Clean the kitchen Disinfect the counters, wipe down the frig and your appliances on the outside. Clean the stovetop and microwave. Fill up the sink with bleach and let it soak for a few hours..
That's six chores for six days. If you spread them out, it's not too bad. And you have one day free!
Try get get these chores done each month
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 phone date book or personal google calendar.
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.
Clean your stove Another hateful job! Give the oven a cleanout and use scourers on the stovetop, Once a month will keep your stove respectable - and safe.
Spot clean your walls Go and check for fingerprints. Around doors is always the grubbiest.
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Do these tasks every few months
You can set these in your datebook or phone also.
1. Clean exterior doors and sweep patio.
2. Wash your curtains and blinds.
3 Clean all the baseboards.
4. Clean out the closets. (i have to whip myself to do this)
Housework is something you do that nobody notices until you don't do it
What works for me
Let me state frankly that I hate housework! It's an endless, thankless job and, after thirty years of sweeping, scrubbing and scouring, I've come to deeply resent the intrusion on my time. I treat it like a job. Now that the children have grown, I can set my own start time and meal-breaks - and what in Australia we call a smoko, a ten minute complete break outside.
.My aim is to get through the work as quickly as possible
My Kitchen Timer :. I set the timer for 20 minutes and hurry to get the chore finished in that time. (Sometimes I have to set it twice but then I know I'm halfway through!)
Music: I have my favourite albums playing when I set myself to a cleaning task.
Congratulate myself : I tick off the chores when I've done them - and give myself a big pat on the back.
Keeping your Chores under Control
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This job is endless
All of these chores are just the beginning of a mother's job.
This doesn't even cover taking the kids to school, appointments, music lessons, football practice, paying the bills, shopping for groceries, cooking dinner, bath time, story time, feeding the animals and cleaning litter boxes, much less finding time for gardening.
If you can get yourself organised, your days will be so much smoother.
Getting started is hard but if you stick to your schedule, you'll find time for yourself. You deserve it.
To all the working mothers of the world out there...I tip my hat to you. You are my heroes. I don't know if I could ever handle all that again.
Worst Chore Ever
What is your least favorite chore?
© 2009 Susanna Duffy