I don’t necessarily like cleaning (unless it’s surfaces, cuz I like making stuff shiny). I like having a clean home and I like everything having a place. A cluttered and dusty living space makes me anxious. And I don’t need anything else in this bag of crazy, mmkay? But, you know, I’ve got two toddlers (shout out to Little A turning one this month). I’m starting a business and nurturing a marriage (maybe those should be switched?). Hours to devote to cleaning I do not have. So it’s even more important that I have a good house cleaning schedule.
The secret to house cleaning is the more one does it, the less it needs to be done. Basically, I’m cleaning what’s already clean most of the week. There’s a time and place for getting into the grout with a toothbrush, and that time is seasonally. Mostly, I do what my mama calls “a lick and promise” cleaning. I wipe down my sink once a day, but only for like two seconds. Between daily and weekly chores I probably spend 30-45 minutes a day cleaning. If Josh did not contribute this would take longer. Parceling my tidying between daily, weekly, monthly, and seasonal tasks also means nothing ever gets dirty enough to dedicate too much of my time to.
I Don’t Know Your Life
No matter what I or your mother tell you there’s really no right way to keep your house. Just…don’t have roaches. Pretty much everything else is negotiable. What works for me may not work for you. All kinds of factors go into a house cleaning schedule. We need to answer some questions about your preferences, availability, household schedule, etc.
But seriously: how much do you care? It’s ok if you don’t care that much (or a lot). If clutter or dust doesn’t bother you, tasks I think are daily, you might find weekly. If you have a 9 to 5 job, you should be judicious with your time and expectations. And your partner should be helping more than they are. There, I said it.
How many hours can you logically dedicate to cleaning? Are y’all gone in the evenings? You may only have the weekends available to clean. Or vice versa. Are you an active household, lots of young children, youth sports, pets, crafts, etc? What are your most used rooms? Do you like to clean by task or by room? How often do you cook and eat at home? What you like to clean? Hate to clean? Are your kids old enough to help?
Make a List
Now think about what gets dirty and when. What areas in your house always seem dirty? For us, it’s the floor and the kitchen. Crumbs, dishes, half-eaten food everywhere. So sweeping, washing dishes, and wiping down the counters and sink are a daily chores. Laundry may be daily for some families, or cleaning out a litter box. Picking up toys is definitely a never-ending activity around here.
If you like to clean by room, perhaps you’ll divide your weekly chores by room. Bathrooms on Monday, living room on Wednesday, etc. Maybe you’ll clean by task: dusting all the furniture on Tuesdays, mopping all the floors on Friday. I do a mixture of both.
This is the time to divide chores as well. Divvy up developmentally appropriate chores for the kiddos. Have a frank conversation with your partner about household labor.
Check It Twice
This isn’t set in stone, your house cleaning schedule will always be changing. Life is gonna happen, some weeks you’ll have more energy than others, who tf knows. Your cleaning preferences could change. Different weeks you may use different rooms more or less.
Reassess often and don’t beat yourself up when things don’t get done.
The Ish Mom House Cleaning Schedule
- Make bed
- Wash dishes
- Wipe down counters, table, and sink
- Sweep floors
- Pick up toys/clutter
- Monday: kitchen, laundry
- Tuesday: bathrooms
- Wednesday: dust surfaces
- Thursday: vacuum carpets and furniture
- Friday: sweep and mop floors, wipe down bathroom, laundry
- Saturday: clean upstairs, food chores
- Sunday: laundry, food chores
- Windex glass
- Deep clean refrigerator
- Clean front porch
- Organize paperwork
- Wipe down washer and dryer, clean laundry area
- Murphy’s Wood Oil Soap the woodwork and floors
- Organize clothes according to season and size
- Clean out kitchen cabinets
- Get at that grout with the toothbrush
- Go through/organize drawers
- Wash walls
- Deep clean windows
Some days I don’t complete half of this. Maybe Big A has a hard time and we spend the day decompressing. Sometimes everything gets crammed into the weekend and no food chores get done. Seasonal stuff I do regularly, but that’s cuz the inside of cabinets can get reeeaaal dirty in three months (How? We’re putting clean dishes in there! It’s not like my bottle of Tylenol was dirt encrusted when I put it in the medicine cabinet! Whatever) and I have a strange fixation with Murphy’s Wood Oil Soap. Has anyone thought about bottling that and selling it as perfume? Asking for a friend.
I want to get into making my own house cleaning products. Lord knows I spend enough, it would be nice to make my own non-toxic ones. Do you make any? Tell me about it in the comment section below! Share this article if you feel inspired to clean.