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How to Create a Cleaning Schedule That Works For You

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Over the years I have received more than a few reader questions about cleaning, organizing, and decluttering.  It seems that we all want to have a neat and orderly home, but not all of us know exactly how to get there.  And let’s face it, life can get chaotic and busy with too much to do and not enough time to get it done.

Since these are areas that I constantly need to work on in my own home, I thought that this year it would be awesome to dedicate some more in-depth posts–and even a few series–to the true art of keeping house.  I’m starting today with this post on how to create a cleaning schedule that works for you, which will be followed next month by an 8-week Beginner’s Guide to Cleaning series and then a second 8-week Beginner’s Guide to Organizing series.   And then, in October, I am going to tackle a brand new 31 Days series—31 Days to a Clutter-Free Life, which will focus on ridding our lives of all that excess STUFF that holds us back!

Are you excited?  I know I am!

So let’s get started!

First, for those of you who don’t even understand what a cleaning schedule is, let me break it down for you.  A cleaning schedule is basically just a daily, weekly, or monthly plan for how you will clean your house.  It can be as simple as one main task per day or as complex as a spreadsheet that accounts for every single housekeeping task that needs to be done over the course of a year.  It really is up to you.

If the idea of creating any sort of cleaning schedule sounds overwhelming, try not to worry—I promise it is not as bad as it sounds.  In fact, as you will see below, you can do it in three easy steps! The point of a schedule is not to make you feel guilty or to make you have more to do, but to actually relieve guilt and to create a routine that gives you more freedom and less stress.  Knowing that you have a workable, manageable plan to tackle those sticky sinks and dusty dressers makes the idea of cleaning house seem a lot less overwhelming in the long run.

So bear with me.  We can do this.  I promise.

Step 1:  Create a Master Task List

Before you can decide when to clean you must first know what to clean, and how often.  Thus before you can create a cleaning schedule that works for your life and your schedule, you need to assess your own home and cleaning needs.  A cleaning schedule for a childless couple living in a 1-bedroom apartment will look very different from a cleaning schedule for a homeschooling mom of five living in a 4-bedroom house!

You can start with the following master list and then customize it to fit your own home’s needs:

 

Step 2:  Pick the Best Plan for YOU (Choose ONE)

The next thing you need to do is figure out what sort of cleaning plan will work best for your life and your schedule.  Are you the kind of person who wants to do a little every day, or would you rather tackle it all at once so that you don’t have to think about it for the rest of the week.  Do you work full time or are you home during the day?  Do you have young children at home or are your kids old enough to help shoulder some of the responsibility?

There is no one “right way” to keep house, and there is no universal cleaning schedule that will fit every household’s needs.  Ultimately you have to take the time to determine what sort of schedule will be both realistic and doable for your own needs. While you should take the time to consider all of the following plans, please don’t think that you need to DO all of them.  Instead, pick the ONE plan that seems like it will be the best fit and try it out for a while.  If you hate it, you can always try something else!

Here is a rundown of the most common options:

Option A:  Daily Speed Cleaning

If you are like me and have a hard time functioning when your house is messy, this may be the best option for you.  I have personally found that running through my speed cleaning routine every day keeps things relatively neat and tidy all the time so that there isn’t usually a need to “deep” clean quite as often.  When I am following this schedule I will spend about 60-75 minutes cleaning each day, between the daily tasks and doing 1 or 2 weekly tasks each day.  I use the following printable daily and weekly checklists to help me stay on track.

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Option B:  Timed Sessions

This type of cleaning plan follows a master list of weekly tasks.  You set aside a certain amount of time each day—ideally 45-90 minutes—to work your way down the list.  When the timer is done, you stop, then pick up where you left off the previous day.  The following worksheet can help you create your master list:

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Option C: One Room or Major Task Each Day

This type of cleaning plan sets aside certain tasks to do on each day.  For instance, cleaning the bathrooms on Monday, doing laundry on Tuesday, Vacuuming on Wednesday, etc.  The time spent cleaning each day will vary based on the task set aside for that day.  You can use the following worksheet to set up this plan:

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Option D: Everything in One Day

This type of plan saves everything for one big long cleaning day each week.  This can be a good option if you work during the week and would rather clean on the weekends, or if your kids are older and everyone will pitch in to get all the chores done fast. For this type of plan you can just pick two or three monthly, quarterly, and annual tasks to tackle each cleaning day.

One fun idea for families with older kids is to take a deck of cards and write down one task on each card.  You can also use the printable set of cards below!  On cleaning day the cards are shuffled and dealt, and each family member is responsible for completing the tasks on their cards, or for trading to get different tasks they’d rather do.

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Step 3:  Fill in Your Schedule

This is the easy step!  Once you’ve determined what sort of cleaning plan will work best for your household, just use the handy printables in this post to fill in your cleaning schedule.  Choose the corresponding printable to your plan above, then use the calendars below to schedule your cleaning days, as well as keep to keep track of the monthly, quarterly, and annual tasks that you need to remember.  Or, if you prefer digital schedules, you can use other options such as Google Calendar,  iCalendar for Mac, or even on online cleaning scheduler such as chorebuster.net.

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Although it might seem overwhelming at first, creating a cleaning schedule that works for your own home and family life can be incredibly liberating.  Suddenly instead of a big daunting mess in front of you, there is a workable plan to take care of it.  What are you waiting for?

 

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175 Comments

  1. Holly
    February 18 at 09:51AM

    This. Is. Awesome. Did you me squeal when I read that you are going to do a series on cleaning AND one on organizing AND one on decluttering? Eeeeeeek! Can’t wait!!!

  2. February 18 at 10:23AM

    Awesome! I am just re-working my cleaning schedule, and this is really going to help me. Thanks, Ruth!

  3. Andrea
    February 18 at 10:39AM

    I am interested in printing your Master Cleaning List, but all the link is giving me is to the Weekly cleaning list.

    • Lisa
      February 18 at 10:58AM

      me too 🙁

    • Ruth Soukup
      February 18 at 11:53AM

      Sorry about that! The link is fixed now! 🙂

      • Anonymous
        February 18 at 12:09PM

        Thank you!

  4. April
    February 18 at 10:52AM

    Where is the Master List? The link takes me to the Cleaning list, but not the Master Schedule.

    • Ruth Soukup
      February 18 at 11:54AM

      The link is now fixed–sorry about that! 🙂

  5. Donna
    February 18 at 11:21AM

    Master Cleaning List….link giving me weekly cleaning list.

    • Ruth Soukup
      February 18 at 11:55AM

      Hi Donna, the link is now fixed. So sorry about that!

  6. Cayla
    February 18 at 11:35AM

    I managed to guess the link to the Master List based on its name. Here it is until Ruth gets a chance to update. 🙂 http://www.livingwellspendingless.com/wp-content/documents/LWSL%20Master%20Cleaning%20List.pdf

    • Ruth Soukup
      February 18 at 11:54AM

      Wow that is pretty impressive–thanks Cayla! 🙂 It is all fixed now!

  7. Meghan
    February 18 at 02:09PM

    How can you make changes to the master list? Or can you? When I open it in PDF it doesn’t allow me to change the document. Thank you!

    • Ruth Soukup
      February 18 at 04:12PM

      The PDF not modifiable. You can just write in your additional tasks or use my chart as a model for creating your own. Sorry! 🙁

  8. February 18 at 02:11PM

    You are fantastically more organized than I am. I am a haphazard cleaner. I have a funny cartoon on my fridge that states “If it weren’t for the occasional visitor, nothing in this house would get cleaned.”

  9. Leah
    February 19 at 08:27AM

    This post is soo helpful. I can not stand a cluttery and filthy house unfortunately my house always ends up that way, no matter how I try. Im gonna try Option A, I thinks its the simplest. Thanks Ruth!
    PS Just found your site a week ago. Ive been reading your blogs at work. Hehehe. Thanks again! Youre such an inspiration. God bless you and your sweet family!

  10. February 19 at 09:02AM

    These are great! My schedule is so crazy that cleaning can be challenging. I am going to really think about creating a schedule to make it happen smoother and easier… Your options should make that process a whole lot simpler!! Thanks for sharing!

  11. February 19 at 01:49PM

    I have tried SO many cleaning schedules that all proved unsuccessful. It looks like I might be able to find one that ACTUALLY works for me! Thanks!

  12. February 19 at 02:24PM

    Oh my gosh these are so stinkin cute and helpful! Thank you so much. I can’t wait to print one and use it.

  13. February 19 at 08:49PM

    thanks Ruth for your cleaning tips and schedules!! This looks perfect to get everything organized! 🙂 Have a great evening!

    Sandi

  14. February 19 at 09:07PM

    WOW – what a great post! I am housekeeping challenged, and have not one clue how to plan out a schedule. I have tried some things, and they’ve been OK, but being able to customize this for my family will be perfect. Thank you so much for all your awesome printables and plans!

  15. February 21 at 12:40PM

    I used to clean one room a day at my old house. I got off schedule when we moved. This is a great post for me to find today because I was just planning on making a new cleaning schedule for myself. Thanks so much!

  16. Allison
    February 21 at 06:59PM

    Thank you for the work you have done! I have been so unmotivated this year to keep up with my housework. Your plan has refreshed my routine. Love your blog- your tips, ideas, and your sweet personality. Thanks for putting so much of yourself into it.

  17. Barbie
    February 23 at 01:09PM

    I put my cleaning schedule in an old picture frame and hung it in the utility room, then I can mark things off on the glass with a dry erase marker as they get done, then wipe it off at the start of the next week. Gives me a good feeling of accomplishment and saves paper!

    • Anonymous
      March 21 at 12:41AM

      Great idea!

      • Anonymous
        April 15 at 12:51PM

        Or print and put in page protectors, dry markers work on them, too!

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    • Michele
      January 21 at 03:53PM

      I have laminated lists before to eliminate waste and paper clutter.

  18. Katia
    February 24 at 02:50AM

    I’m a stay at home mom of 4. My oldest is 19 and my youngest, 11. Up until today I’ve had a woman come in to help every day with cleaning and cooking but she just gave me notice that she needs to rest (or is looking for a new position) so we´ll be on our own in about 3 weeks. I’ve always done the laundry and was just starting to train the kids to put away their clean clothes when she started doing it so it woud be done faster. I must confess that we all became lazy and confident that there would always be someone else to pick up after us and now we all have to get back on track. I think your tips are great and I will start to plan my own cleaning schedule right away. I’ll let you know how it works out. The kids are very helpful as long as they know what they´ve got to do so I’m optimistic

  19. February 27 at 12:47PM

    I’m hoping I can integrate SOME of this plan into our week! Hubby & I both work full time with 3 kiddos to cart around…with only two of them in ONE activity each! The idea of honestly finding an entire HOUR a day to clean? I may get 10 minutes in the morning & 20-30 at night! We manage to keep our dishes clean & clothes clean, but the rest of the clutter is enormous! We have a mass clothes folding party one night a week, & I get maybe one day a month where we over-haul the living areas, but my poor laundry room & closets suffer. Lots of boxes being brought in to toss/recycle/donate most of our mess! Wish me luck!

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    March 4 at 12:26AM

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  21. Renee
    March 4 at 08:50AM

    Thanks for these GREAT printables, Ruth! I can’t wait to print them and really tackle my cleaning schedule. I work full time, so I think I’m more of a “do a little every day” type of cleaner! Cross your fingers for me! haha

  22. Karen
    March 4 at 01:13PM

    Thanks so much for your lovely cleaning list formats. I have fibromyalgia, depression, anxiety, and chronic fatigue, among other things, so I often get very little done. I’m home all day on disability, but much physical or mental exertion on any given day will lead to one or more days laid up afterward. And my husband is self employed as a handyman and tends to use our living/dining space as his winter workshop/office. And I have piles of mail that I am so overwhelmed by covering much of my dining table. I got a filing system that worked well for quite a while, but when it came time to change years, I stalled out and filing just piled up (and that was at the beginning of 2013, not this year – yikes!). I say all this to say that I’m hopeful, after seeing your different schedule options, to come up with something that works for me by combining things on a weekly planner but giving myself flexibility to have my unplanned down days. Thank goodness my house is small! I’ll also use the monthly planner, maybe more as a honey-do list. 🙂 I want to figure out which weekly list works best for me, make one very similar, all filled in, then save it as my desktop screen background so I see it every day. You’ve given me hope with so many options that allow me to 1) not have to think it all up myself, and 2) toy with each style to find what works best for my situation. And just in time for lent. Rather than giving something up, I’ll be focusing on being a less haphazard cleaner. Again, thank you so much!

    • Kim
      March 14 at 12:39AM

      Karen, check out flylady.net if you haven’t already. She breaks down cleaning into zones and short, daily tasks. Between Ruth and the Fly Lady, my house and finances are better than ever.

      • Terrie
        April 6 at 04:16AM

        Karen, I am so sorry for your health troubles. Sometimes Life is just HARD, and the thought of being physically strong enough to take a shower, much less clean one (!), can be overwhelming. Being on Disability means watching your money carefully, but I found that having cleaning help in once per month was worth every penny. I put aside $10-$12 each week and pay in cash. April, my “cleaning angel” can kneel and reach and lift in ways that would have me in bed for a week! (You and I have very similar diagnoses.) Ask at local churches for recommendations, or from friends ~ put out a quest on your email or FaceBook. And get that DH of yours to limit his winter workshop to one area or room! The other space can be your cozy sitting area, even if it’s small.
        I hope you’ve been able to adapt your own schedule from Ruth’s LWSL plans. Just the idea of doing a little bit each day (on days you are able) is a helpful goal. Best of luck to you, Karen!

  23. Jeanne
    March 4 at 06:27PM

    Thank you for this series. I am a stay at home mom and I keep my home relatively clean, but it is such a chore. I have tried doing one major task each day, but my schedule changes constantly so it would throw me off. I am excited to try the timed sessions. I always get distracted constantly cleaning clutter and dishes that the other items get put off. I like that this system will let me choose what I want to do depending on my mood and keep me focused. You are a blessing, I have learned so much from your blog!

  24. Sharon
    March 6 at 12:34AM

    Love it, Love it love the thought of having a clean house all the time. We are also remodeling our house. so clearing one room to paint of lay floors or whatever will cause a few problems. I am sure I can make this work. Maybe I can make note of why the bathroom was not cleaned in the month of April….oh, no bathroom to clean just sheet rock dust. lol

  25. March 7 at 07:26AM

    What a blessing this is! I found this post as a result of working through Part 1 of your new cleaning series. I recognize how much work you must have put into this and I am so grateful!! Ugh I needed this. Weather around here is ugly and it feels like winter will never end. And man, there is no better reminder of how dirty and cluttered your house actually is than when you’re stuck inside of it 24/7. So, just thought I’d stop by and say thank you. SOOO looking forward to working through your cleaning series, as well as the de-cluttering series in October! Thanks for all you do, Ruth! I admire your work.

  26. March 21 at 04:31PM

    Oh my this is amazing… I wish I would of seen it earlier !! I Definitely did some printing and I’m so looking forward to adding this to my plans !!! I’m taking a personal planning day next week… I’m so exciting. Thank you for this wonderful blessing !!!!
    Have a great weekend,
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  27. March 23 at 08:12PM

    Good idea. This gives me a place to start.

  28. April 25 at 08:12AM

    Love the PDf’s for the cleaning schedule! Thank you for sharing! I am making a post for my blog in cleaning tips and am adding a link to yours.

  29. April 27 at 06:40PM

    I can’t believe people squeal with excitement over a cleaning rota. Tell me you’re joking!!

    • LJ
      May 1 at 06:53AM

      Really! I feel like such a loser! I’m not excited. I’m praying that God will help me with my state of felling extremely overwhelmed and dislike for housework! Lol! It’ll take a miracle, but I know He performs them everyday. (I’m a perfectionist, and I feel as though I can’t get it perfect; therefore, I can’t do it at all.). I get too stressed over the magnitude of it all… And I live in a rather small house! It would be terrible if I lived in a BIG one! Without His help, I absolutely don’t have the ability to effectively do it. (Physically or mentally). I have severe allergies and asthma, and the house dust and other allergens that I get exposed to make it very difficult to breathe. Those things aside from the fact that I’m and 51, have an 8 and a 12 year old, (I had my children later in life, needless to say, I’m very blessed. They’re both healthy!) clinical depression, ADD, migraines and back problems just to name a few. Also, my husband is a veteran with PTSD. Thank you so much for the information, and any and all prayers are appreciated. God bless…

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  32. sarah
    May 14 at 04:05PM

    I struggle so much with orginization and house cleaning. I’ve seen your speed cleaning, and although I think it is the most efficient sounding have not been able to work it into my schedule with 4 kids, the youngest being an infant and never giving me sufficent amount of time to do it. I never even thought about option b, that sounds perfect, something I can do in 15 min chunks throughout the day! Love it, going to start today!

  33. July 15 at 09:44PM

    Hey Ruth,
    Wow thanks for putting so much time and effort into this post! All those printables are awesome!! Sigh when it comes to cleaning my house sometimes I get so overwhelmed and I just sit there looking at the mess and wonder how it got so bad. Then it’s so bad that I don’t know where to start then I don’t do anything lol. I have found that doing 1 room at a time works best for me. Usually when I clean I feel like I can’t just do a quick clean . . . I feel the need to make it CLEAN. So when I put all my effort into 1 room for an hour it gets done very well.

    It’s also helped my husband and I to figure out what chores we prefer to do. For example I always do the bathroom and he always does the dishes. Course we help each other out when we need it but it’s much more bearable when you don’t have to do something you hate doing.

  34. August 11 at 07:11PM

    Super helpful information here, being organized while cleaning is a must!

  35. August 22 at 03:30PM

    Thanks so much for these! I’m coming out of the post partum fog and sooo ready to get my house back in order. 🙂

  36. September 12 at 05:23AM

    This is such a great blog post! I love all the tips and suggestions. I am so bad at cleaning. I try to spend 5 minutes a day de-cluttering but the task of chores and cleaning is always so daunting to me. Thanks! <3

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    I try and do the speed cleaning every day that I’m home. It helps a lot. I also do a weekly cleaning as family. The
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    Is the master list editable?

  41. October 6 at 08:45AM

    The tips for a cleaning schedule in this article are amazing. I mean, I work everyday and I really don’t have time to clean. It’s a great idea to make your own schedule depending on your routine. I like the most the schedule with the “Major Task Each Day”. I think that this type of cleaning is the most appropriate for my lifestyle.Regards!

  42. November 18 at 05:01AM

    That’s great! I am like you! i can’t function if the house is messy. We’ve got a cordless vacuum for the kitchen area so we can keep it clean . . . nothing better than knowing that the kitchen is clean, especially when you’ve got children, easy and quick to use! and we use another for the other rooms with carpets. There are other jobs that we can’t do like carpet cleaning so we get the cleaners to come once a year as well.

  43. December 10 at 08:48AM

    Creating a cleaning routine is really important. I really like that these schedules can be print. Thank you for sharing!

  44. dee
    December 10 at 02:59PM

    Hi..Thanks for all this great info! I’m only able to add text to master task list, but I can’t delete what doesn’t pertain to me. Do you have a blank master task list where I could add my specific tasks?

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    THANK YOU RUTH! These are great resources to help organize my cleaning schedule. I especially appreciate the new print layouts and colors, they use a lot less ink than the older ones. THANK YOU!

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    Being prepared can help a lot when it comes to cleaning. We all want a nice, clean and refreshing household to come to, but not many of us like to do household cleaning or chores. When starting with a schedule, you will want to find out what part of the house needs the most attention, start here first and I tell you why. Starting with the part of the house that needs the most attention makes you feel like you have accomplished a big unreachable goal. Then once you have accomplished the unreachable goal of household cleaning, you can pat yourself on the back and then reach the smaller goal, which should be a breeze. Cleaning is a lot like psychology it can really increase the amount of stress hormones, this is why scheduling is so important. http://www.weemiko.com

  62. June 30 at 05:09AM

    This is all so great! I love the Daily Speed Cleaning, it’s just for me, I’m doing it for years just needed the perfect checklist. Thank you for the printables, I printed few for my mother too. Greets!

  63. July 4 at 03:21AM

    Hey! This post could not be written any better! Reading through this post reminds me of my good old room mate!
    He always kept talking about this. I will forward this write-up to him.
    Pretty sure he will have a good read. Thank you for sharing!

  64. July 10 at 06:50AM

    Super helpful information here, being organized is a must thing these days. I am too focusing on my schedule as I recently had a baby.

  65. August 1 at 08:40AM

    Having some sort of organized plan of attack against the mess is a good strategy. Thank you for the tips! I’m going to print it out and actually try it!

  66. Anonymous
    August 17 at 12:27PM

    Thank you, Thank you , Thank you! I have struggled for years to try and put something together and to actually stick with it. I am a perfectionist with ADD which often causes me tears and frustration. I truly believe you have a system that is simple and manageable for me, and it also makes visual sense to me. Again, thank you so much

  67. Becky
    November 20 at 11:12AM

    I love the cleaning cards and the idea to pass them out and trade/negotiate and then get the work done. So clever!

  68. Crystal
    December 9 at 01:30PM

    Help!!!! I LOVE this plan and have tried my best to adopt it into my daily life, but iam having difficulty! Please help! My husband and I both have very long hours with demanding schedules. We wake up at 4:30am, get ready for work and leave at 5:30am and sometimes I do not get home from work until 9:30pm or later. How can I adapt a schedule to fit our needs. Hubby does not help much with house work and if we can manage a “date” it usually involves grocery shopping and errand running.

  69. Vroon
    March 30 at 10:58AM

    Love your site. I have one remark about tossing old food. Buy and store your food in such a way that there is nothing to toss. And learn to turn your leftovers into delicious meals. There are many great recipes around on the internet. Save with Jamie on the site of mr. oliver for instance uses leftovers. Example: Some vegetables, leftover meat or fish, spices and filo dough and you can make small samosa like packages. Fried in some oil and accompanied by a salad and your leftovers have not only turned into a delicious meal, but have been positively revamped. And all within 15 minutes or so on the table. This way I eat like royalty on an income below the poverty line and have done for fourty years now. Also, cook everything from scratch!

  70. Lori Cook
    July 2 at 09:03AM

    Found this link on a post from Organize 365. I am glad I followed it. I am going to give the daily clean a go, but my twist is that I am going to have everyone in my family have a daily clean list. There’s 4 of us, so if we each spent 20 -25 minutes a day working from a list, that would do a lot of good around here. Plus, my kids are 13 and 15. They’ve been doing chores all their lives, but it is time for them to start to be independent and take their own initiative vs. me always having to tell them and track them. I like to think someday when they have their own place, they will be proud they know how to clean it! thanks for posting.

  71. September 7 at 05:44PM

    Love your printables! I could definitely use these in my personal home cleaning routine but you have also inspired some ideas of which I could use lists for organizing services or packages for my house cleaning clients. An easy visual of services is always good. Thanks again for the tips!

  72. December 6 at 12:42AM

    A clean house is important for the health and well-being of your entire family. First of all, a dirty house is a germy house, and the best defense against the spread of illnesses is to keep the germs washed away. The well being of the family is enhanced by an uncluttered atmosphere. If the rule of “a place for everything and everything in its place” is observed, the environment will be more serene, and less time will be wasted in looking for lost items.

  73. December 6 at 12:54AM

    If you include most of those items in your quick daily wipe-downs there isn’t much need for deep cleaning because they are always clean. I do throw away old items and wipe the inside of my refrigerator clean before we leave for our weekly grocery shopping. If a drawer or shelf really needs work I take it out and clean it in the sink then lay it out so that it is dry before we come home, but that doesn’t happen often. For other deeper spot clean items I often work on them while preparing dinner. While something is cooking I use those little few minutes at a time to do things like wash the microwave platter in the sink (and wipe under it while it’s drying), wipe spots off the cabinets, wash the trash cans, clean part of the freezer, wipe off the top of the frige, etc. I find that since I’m on top of them, it takes no time at all to do.

  74. Analuisa
    January 18 at 11:56AM

    I’m recently married and I’ve always had a hard time cleaning and being organized. Hopefully I can use you tips and planners to get better and not have such a clutter in my house. Thank you so much

  75. February 14 at 04:54AM

    Excellent cleaning tips! I also use non-toxic chemical-free methods to clean my kitchen appliances and everything around the house in general.

  76. March 19 at 08:00AM

    Thanks for sharing the information about cleaning schedule. Clean all the hard-to-reach places: behind the stove, refrigerator, washer/ dryer, sofas.

  77. April 24 at 05:52AM

    I truly appreciate this article.Much thanks again.

  78. August 10 at 07:47AM

    Wow. Great effort on creating a cleaning schedule. Thank you for this one, let me check if this is okay with my schedule as I don’t have time too much even on weekends. Sad. That’s why I am always hiring a house cleaning services.

  79. August 16 at 10:50PM

    This post changed the way we ran our house a few years ago. My husband and I used to tag-team the entire house in a few hours every Saturday morning, but it always seemed to interfere with weekend plans, and wasn’t as feasible after our daughter was born. Now we go with Option C: One Room Each Day. Cleaning only takes 10-15 minutes a day this way. It hardly seems like we clean at all, when it takes so little time or effort. Thanks for the killer idea!

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