Creating A Cleaning Schedule
Why Should I Create A Cleaning Schedule?
Finally, it’s fall! Autumn in New England is such an incredible sight to see: pumpkins, foliage, football! Unfortunately, fall is short-lived so far up north, and winter will be creeping up soon. Once the cold hits, my motivation for everything goes right out the window. I don’t exercise, I don’t blog, I don’t clean… You can imagine how dangerous that can get. By spring, my house feels like a miserable, dark, little hole.
With SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) sticking its ugly little head out, I rely on my cleaning schedule more than ever. The cold, dreary weather makes me so depressed, and having a messy home only makes it worse. I guess I’m just one of those people that need a clean, organized space in order to have a clean, organized mind.
Anyone else relate?
Introducing: Cleaning Schedules
Rather than spending every weekend catching up on cleaning, why don’t you try to maintain it throughout your week? By cleaning a little chunk of your home every day, you’ll regain your weekends! That’s where a cleaning schedule comes in. If you happen to be a super motivated neat-freak that does this naturally, by all means, stick to what works for you. For those of us (lazy :P) lacking in motivation, it helps to have a schedule to force yourself to stick to.
The best part about cleaning schedules is how flexible and customizable they are! (Is customizable a word? Oh well, it is now!). Make your schedule fit to YOU! If you don’t care about streaky windows, skip it…that’s what curtains are for, anyway. If dirty floors drive you crazy, commit to sweeping every night before bed. There seem to be two popular schedule styles that I’ve detailed for you guys below:
These cleaning styles are both pretty self-explanatory. Room-by-room: each day, clean a different room in your house. The whole room. Every single part of it. I know it guys, just get it over with! I have a great room-by-room cleaning list download linked to my Spring Cleaning article, enter your email below to access my Resource Library (which contains ALL the free downloads from the entire site!).
I personally prefer the Top-to-Bottom method, in which you clean sections of your entire house, rather than one room at a time. When cleaning room-by-room, I always feel like I’m tracking dirt from a messy room into the room I just cleaned! My cleaning schedule starts on Monday with the ceilings and walls of my home. I clean the fans, walls, and windows of every window of my house. Any dust or dirt I shake off will end up on the floor, which I’ll clean later in the week.
Next, I’ll work on any countertops, couches, and “stuff”. All of my belongings get put where they belong, and the furniture they were resting on gets dusted and disinfected. Kitchen appliances get cleaned, and laundry done. Then I’ll use dryer sheets to clean my baseboards, and I’ll sweep, mop, and vacuum. See? Top-to-bottom. Nice and easy!
On a side note…
Make sure you bathe your maniacs BEFORE you clean, regardless of which cleaning schedule you choose. Keeping your animals bathed can prevent pet hair from flying all over the place while you’re trying to clean.
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