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This is the easiest to follow cleaning schedule template I have found. She breaks it down to make it quick & easy.

Being 32 weeks pregnant and having four kids means my house will not be spotless anytime soon. For the foreseeable future there will be be dress-up clothes, art projects, and Legos adorning my halls, but that doesn’t mean we have to give up all hope. The solution to battling the mess without losing your mind: a cleaning schedule.

Everyone’s family is different, but no matter what, you can make a cleaning schedule that works for you. Your goal can be to have a perfect house or your goal can be to be able to find the stairs. Either way, tweak the schedule to make it something you can actually follow. Try it for a few weeks and see how it goes. Scratch things out. Move things from one day to another. Make it work.

Ready to put on your cleaning gloves? Here is how to set up your schedule.

Figure Out What Needs To Be Done

There are some tasks that need to done everyday, some weekly, some once a month or year. The goal is to use your time as efficiently as possible in order to keep the whole house clean. If you have a big dog who loves to shed, vacuuming once a week may not be enough. If you have five children, you may need to do two loads of laundry a day to stay on top of it. Think through how you use your home and where messes tend to pile up. Focus your efforts on those areas.

Disclaimer: If you sit down and make a list of everything that needs to be done, you’ll cry. Start small.

Zone Cleaning.

I am a FlyLady fan so I incorporate her Zones into my cleaning schedule. Basically with zone cleaning, you divide your house up into manageable areas and deep clean one area per week. You can read all about her methods and zones here.

When you deep clean that are you’ll wash windows, clean ceiling fans, dust baseboards, organize, etc. You spend 15 minutes on two different days working on that area. Now, the idea is that from your other weekly cleaning tasks, you have already dusted, vacuumed, and picked up the room. This 15 minutes is strictly to do extra tasks. If the room is extra crazy, you’ll spend your first few 15 minute sessions removing clutter.

Examples of zones: kitchen & laundry room, family & dining room, bedrooms, bathrooms.

Household Tasks

Here is a basic outline of what needs to be done in the average household.

Daily Morning Tasks:

Make Beds
Unload the dishwasher or put away dishes from dish drainer
Wash a load of laundry

Daily Evening Tasks:

Prep breakfast & lunch
Fold & put away laundry
Load dishwasher & clean counters
Sweep Kitchen
15 Minutes picking-up/decluttering
Wipe down bathroom sink & toilet (at least the one you use the most)

Monday Tasks:

Empty all trash cans (our trash collection is on Tuesday)
Take trash can to curb
Dust
Clean mirrors & doors
Deep clean bathroom

Tuesday Tasks:

Bring in trash can
Vacuum all floors
Mop
Clean Area Rugs (as needed)

Wednesday Tasks:

15 Minutes of deep cleaning one area (rotates)
Make grocery shopping list & print coupons

Thursday Tasks:

15 Minutes of deep cleaning one area (rotates)
Wipe down kitchen cabinets, sink, & stove

Friday Tasks:

Catch-Up Day

Saturday Tasks:

Change Sheets
Print new coupons & go grocery shopping
Clean out cars & purse
Yard Work

Sunday:

Rest & Worship

Print It Out

To help you get started, here is a printable cleaning schedule template. You can print it and fill it out based on whatever works for you. You can even print a copy for each family member and list their chores on it. I find it works great to laminate it or put it in a clear sheet protector so I can erase and edit as needed.

horizontal cleaning schedule

If you aren’t a fan of columns, you can use the this option instead. You can print this blank copy and fill it out.

cleaning schedule

Everyone Helps

I currently have (2) 10 year olds, a 7 year old, and a 2 year old. All girls. Life is busy, but thankfully they are all old enough to chip in. The key is to find age appropriate chores for everyone. Keep in mind that if your kids aren’t used to doing chores, there will definitely be a learning curve. Show them grace and praise the good.

There are all kinds of chore charts and award systems out there, so try out a few different methods to see what works for you. I like to keep things simple, so my kids do things for a quarter. Clean out the car: you get a quarter. Put away the laundry: a quarter. Pick up trash in the yard: a yard. You get the idea.

Pick Your Tools Wisely

The goal is to work smarter, not harder. A big help to that goal is to pick your tools wisely. You can get more done with less work if you aren’t vacuuming the same spot ten times.

Here are a few of my favorite cleaning products and tools:

Mircofiber Cloths

Seriously, if you haven’t tried these, they will change your life. They are crazy absorbent, dry quickly, and collect dust like a champ. I like to use the white for dusting, blue for the bathroom, and yellow for the kitchen.

Tip: to prolong their life, don’t put them in the dryer.

Swiffer Duster

While I often use Mircrofiber clothes for dusting, I really love using Swiffer dusters for picture frames, knick knacks, books, etc. It can quickly get in between gaps and speeds the whole process up.

Clorox Clean-Up Cleaner + Bleach

I know this item just made the organic crowd cringe, but hear me out. I have tried to clean my shower with baking soda and vinegar. I have scrubbed on my hands and knees and it still looked gross. Then I saw this magical bottle at Publix. It had a coupon for .75/1 attached right to the bottle. It was on sale…. practically begging me to buy it. I sprayed down my shower and went to bed. The next morning, it looked like I had cleaned for hours. My grout had not been that white since the day we moved in.

Still not convinced? You can go here for homemade organic cleaner recipes. They work well too.

To maintain this beautiful shower you have two options: spray it down every couple of days or grab a quick drying towel. After you are finished using the shower quickly dry it with the towel. There won’t be any build up.

Black & Decker Dustbuster

This is by far one of the best cleaning purchases I have ever made. It has amazing suction and is so much easier to quickly grab than the big vacuum.

dyson

Dyson Vacuum

A vacuum will be the most expensive cleaning tool you purchase (unless you hire a maid). It’s worth it. This is not something to skimp on. You can buy that $20 vacuum and after you use it, it will still look like you still need to vacuum. Save yourself and frustration and make the splurge.

If you want a Dyson, wait for a sale at Kohl’s. The best deals happen when they go on sale and are offering Kohl’s cash.

Microfiber Mop

This is all of the things we love about microfiber clothes (super absorbent, quick drying, etc.) in mop form. The best part is that you can remove the head and throw it in the washing machine.

how to create a cleaning schedule that works

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    • gillperson

      I just bought a refurbished Dyson on Overstock. It’s wonderful ! You don’t have to pay the brand-new price.

    • Jneva

      Thank you so much for this post!!!! I’m 38 weeks pregnant with our second daughter, our oldest is 2. Cleaning the house is a struggle for me because I feel like I’m cleaning some areas all the time and others not at all. I can’t wait to implement these ideas!!! Thank you again!!

    • CaitlynB

      Awesome post Jenny! Thank you for all you do!

    • KikiS

      Than you SO MUCH for this! I am 30 weeks pregnant and struggling to keep everything clean while still working. This will be available great help

    • Daryl Ann Guy

      Unfortunately I am one of those people that cannot stop one I start …..

    • kanako

      Thank you for sharing the list! I customized it little bit and print it out and put it on my refrigerator. I have been also looking for a list for a monthly to-do list (which of course actually works). Do you think you can share that, too?

    • JSSMommy

      Great post Jenny!! Congratulations on your upcoming new addition! Maybe a boy this time? :)

      • http://www.southernsavers.com/ Jenny

        It’s a girl. :)

    • Andrea Y.

      I have a shower cleaning tip…I haven’t actually “cleaned” my shower since last October, yes you read correctly! The last time I cleaned my shower I got so frustrated that I decided I wasn’t doing it that way again. I actually was using the Clorox bathroom cleaner at the time, I decided that once I finished cleaning it so it was spotless I would try a new method. Ever since then all I do, once a week, is use a good quality microfiber towel with water and wipe down my shower top to bottom including all the bottles that are in there. I clean it while I’m in the shower waiting for my conditioner to do it’s thing, it takes me about five minutes. That’s it! My shower has never looked or felt so clean for so long. There is no grime, no slime, no soap scum or pink mildew and that is all I do. It’s AMAZING!!! I leave the microfiber towel in the shower and use it every week. I highly recommend this method!

    • Olga

      Jenny I love your site! Thank God for you and all you do :)