Happy Friday, friends! January is flying by just like 2016 did. I really wish time would slow down a bit. Speaking of time. Are you tired of spending all of your weekends cleaning your house? I know I am! This year I really want to make sure that our house is clean, or appears clean. Today I am sharing 5 reasons to have a cleaning schedule and a sneak peek at what my cleaning schedule looks like.
5 Reasons to Have A Cleaning Schedule:
Spend Less Time Cleaning // Keeping up on cleaning your house will result in less time spent cleaning. How you ask? Instead of taking hours on the weekend to go through pick up your house and then deep clean from top to bottom, spend 15-30 minutes a day and then stay up on it throughout the week.
The House Always Looks Clean // By spending only 15 minutes a day to pick up your house and keep up on it throughout the week, your home no longer collects clutter. When clutter is kept picked up, guests will get the appearance that your home is clean whether it is or not.
A Clean Home Makes You Appreciate Your Home More // Have you ever sat down after a long day of cleaning and thought. ‘wow I really love my house’? Keeping a cleaning schedule allows you to enjoy your house
A Schedule Allows You To Be More Efficient // By creating and sticking to a schedule, you no longer have to wonder where to start with your cleaning. Each day will have specific tasks that you know will need to be completed that day. I recommend sitting down at the beginning of the month to go through your calendar and create your cleaning schedule based on what your calendar shows. Do your kids have practice/games/extracurricular activities on certain nights? Have less tedious tasks on those days so that you always make sure you’re getting your cleaning done.
Get Your Weekends Back // When you spend more time cleaning throughout the week, you’re able to get your weekends back. By spending a few minutes a day, you no longer have to spend hours on the weekend cleaning. There’s no longer that mountain of laundry that will take days to complete, instead, it’s already going to be done.
There are your 5 reasons to have a cleaning schedule. Trust me, once you get in the habit you will thank me. Now you don’t have to panic about your house being messy when you have surprise visitors.
My Cleaning Schedule:
Monday // After a relaxing weekend of avoiding as much housework as we can, Mondays are the perfect day to start fresh and get productive. While most people hate Mondays, I absolutely love Mondays. There is something about a new week that makes the productivity juices run! On Mondays, I clean and organize our bathrooms, do any laundry that needs done, make sure the kitchen is clean.
Tuesday // This day is the busiest, as far as cleaning goes. Tuesday mornings is also the day that I have my 5 AM workout class so when I get home from class, I get busy cleaning. I dust, sweep and mop the entire downstairs. Load/unload the dishwasher. Make sure all of the dishes are done.
Wednesday // Refrigerator clean out day! On Wednesdays we have leftovers for dinner and then throw away any old food. The leftover containers go into the dishwasher and the fridge gets wiped out. All of the trash in the house gets collected, bagged, and set at the curb. Once all of that is done, I quickly sweep the house.
Thursday // Laundry day! By the time Thursday rolls around, we have quite a bit of laundry. I typically wear three outfits a day which is ridiculous but when you wear pajamas, then change into workout clothes, and finally the clothes I wear for the day, laundry piles up. Since I fold and put laundry away in our bedroom, I also use this day to dust and sweep the upstairs. We only have two bedrooms and our bathroom.
Friday // Brad and I reserve Fridays to date night. There usually isn’t a whole lot of cleaning that takes place on Friday. When it’s time to clock off for the day, I spend 15 minutes picking up my home office. My home office has turned into the catch-all for everything that doesn’t have a place and things begin to pile up. Rather than letting things accumulate, I spend 15-20 minutes picking up and organizing my desk from the week, making sure everything is in its place, dust my TV stand, desk, and accent table, and quickly run the sweeper. Tucker’s cage is in my office and the dog hair collects because of this. The rest of Friday is spent having date night.
Saturday // If Brad and I don’t have any plans on Saturdays, then this is what my typical day looks like as far as cleaning goes. I wake up, make my bed, and sort any remaining laundry. Once the sorting is complete, I throw a load in while I make my grocery list and drink my coffee. Once my list is done, I head to the grocery store for the week ahead. After the grocery store, I unpack all of my bags and put groceries away. While I’m putting the groceries away, I sort and organize the cupboards, fridge and freezer. Once everything is put away, I make sure the dishes are all washed and cleaned, wipe down the counters/appliances, and then proceed to pick up the house. I quickly run the sweeper and then finish the laundry (wash, dry, fold, and put away). Usually Brad works Saturday mornings, so I have a chance to do all of this while he’s working.
Sunday // If Brad and I do have plans on Saturdays, I spend my Sunday morning doing all of the above. If we don’t have plans, my Sundays are spent making sure that the things are ready for the week. What that means is that I pick up the house, make sure all the needed laundry is washed, meal prep, etc. I don’t like to spend my Sundays busy as I feel that I am wishing my weekend away. Typically on Sundays, Brad and I do our hobbies (him woodworking and me blogging). During the winter months, Brad doesn’t get much woodworking in as it is freezing in our garage, so our Sundays are usually spent binge watching our current TV obsession. Recently, it has been Game of Thrones, which we just finished! Right before bed, I run the sweeper and swimmer really quick. If you noticed, sweeping occurs almost daily. Brad and I have two dogs that are really bad shedders so sweeping almost daily is a necessity!
Daily // Make the bed, when I remember. Do the dishes after every meal. There are some days where we are bad at this, so I make sure to do them every morning. Put things away after use, this will help keep your house looking clean.