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Creating a Weekly Cleaning Schedule

June 3, 2013

I’ve noticed since we’ve been in our new house, that I don’t have a system down for cleaning. In our first house, I had my cleaning schedule memorized and could practically do it my sleep. With this house came lifestyle changes along with all sorts of new challenges (hello hardwood floors!?), and I just can’t seem to keep it under control.

I’m not saying that my house is a pig stye or anything. I’m just finding it difficult to get into a new cleaning groove, which is difficult for me as I have a tendency to be a bit of a neat freak.

What’s a girl to do? Create a cleaning schedule, of course!

Cleaning Schedule at

Here’s why I chose to implement a cleaning schedule into my life:

  • I’m forgetful. It’s true. I tend to forget what needs to happen every week as I lose track of time and suddenly it’s Friday afternoon and I’d rather spend time with Travis than clean a toilet. I need that little reminder of what needs to happen every week.
  • I like lists. They keep me organized and on track.
  • This is going to teach me how to clean my house, and, after awhile, I won’t need the list anymore. It will become second nature to know that I need to wash the quilts in the guest room in September every year.
  • I can cross off tasks as I complete them. There’s nothing better than striking something from your list! Plus, if I sweep everywhere but the dining room, I’ll remember to come back to it the next day.

I’m going to stick to this list for a few weeks to make sure no revisions are needed, and then I’ll laminate it so I can use it over and over again. Until then, I’ll place it in a few different locations to see where it works best for me. Out of sight, out of mind.

Have you faced the same sort of challenges when moving to a new home? It’s been plaguing me for months now. Also, what indispensable cleaning tips do you have for me? I love having a nice, clean home, but I’m not always a fan of what it takes to get it that way!

p.s. Is it a little odd that I’m giddily excited about this list?

p.p.s. Don’t answer that.

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  1. Not odd! πŸ™‚ It’s nice to get a routine down that you know works for you πŸ™‚ I’ve had to adapt mine about four times since our little guy was born. I used to sweep while he was sleeping, and then that made too much noise. So I swept while he was up. Then he started eating my dirt pile. So I moved it back to naptime. Now it has to be at the end of naptime when I don’t mind if he wakes up. And sweeping’s just one example πŸ™‚ (And don’t those hardwood floors need sweeping all the time!?!)

    1. Oh my goodness! I can only imagine how having a baby around would wreck havoc on my cleaning “schedule.” Kudos to you on figuring it out! I’m impressed. And, yes, my hardwoods need constant sweeping. Why is that?!

      Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to leave a comment. πŸ™‚

  2. We have gone through many cordless vacuums to help us with our laminate flooring. We then opted for a pricier model and I am so happy! We have the ergorapido and after meals and for touch ups it works wonders in seconds. I have a 5 year old and 2 year old and I thought that when I switched to part time vs full time working that the house work would be so much easier. Good grief, the kids are home more and they wreck the house. I can never keep up! My husband wants to move to a bigger house and I am all for keeping this smaller house, I could not clean a bigger one!

    1. Hi Carrie! Moving to a bigger house definitely has its cleaning disadvantages. Plus, I had my cleaning routine down to a science in our first house, but I’m still struggling to get in to a rhythm in our new house. Good luck!!

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