Cleaning. Ugh. I confess I would hire someone to clean for me. Okay, at least do the dishes (my kids haven’t quite mastered the skill of hand-washing yet 😛 ). Since I can’t hire someone, I’ve had to get creative about getting things done. I realized my main problem (besides not wanting to do it) was that I wasn’t sure what I needed to do or how often I needed to do it. F.R.U.S.T.R.A.T.I.N.G. So enter my three most important cleaning lists: *cue angels singing* the daily, monthly, and weekly cleaning lists. Mine are just scribbled down on three different pages in my bullet journal, nothing fancy, but I made you a sweet printable to help you make your cleaning lists. I promise this will be easy. I know you’re busy and don’t have time for a bunch of mumbo jumbo. And before I forget, click the button below to get your purty printable. On to the good stuff! Hi-ho, Silver, away!
How to Make Friggin’ Awesome Daily, Weekly, and Monthly Cleaning Lists
First things first.
Make a list of all the cleaning tasks you can think of. Anything and everything. I’ll help you out:
- Wash dishes
- Put dishes away
- Take trash out and put in new bags (how often has someone in your house forgotten to put a new bag in? Happens all the time at mine!)
- Clear kitchen counters
- Wipe kitchen counters
- Clean fridge
- et cetera
Phew! That’s gonna be a lot of tasks. And that doesn’t even include deep cleaning!
Make the daily cleaning list.
Now think about what you want to have done every day. No, not everything! That’s not gonna happen, mama. At least not if you want to sleep and to spend time with your family. Figure out what the minimum level of clean you’re comfortable with (no plates left out for days or anything like that!). What needs to be done daily in your house so it doesn’t become a rat’s nest? Here’s my list:
- 15-minute pick-up (toys, dishes, trash that missed the trashcan-how does it do that?!)
- Feed birds (yeah, they’d swarm and steal my dinner if I didn’t feed them)
- Do a quick clean of bathrooms
Four things. That’s it. Honestly, my quick clean of the bathroom usually consists of putting clothes in the laundry basket and checking to see if the sinks need a wipe. And to make sure the kids didn’t clog the toilets. Just kidding. Sort of. Feel free to add more or less. And no, I don’t make my bed every day or require my kids to either. So write those four things on your fancy printable and cross them off your scrap paper.
Time for the weekly cleaning list!
Now think about what tasks can be done weekly but can’t go longer without getting nasty. Write them under the weekly section and cross them off. Here’s my list:
- Floors (sweep, mop, and vacuum)
- Clean bathrooms
- Clean out cubbies (we have a cubby system for our crap by the front door- I’ll do a post about it some time)
- Clean bird cages at least three times
Your weekly cleaning list may look different from mine. That’s fine. We’re two different people with different families, houses, and lives.
Now for the monthly cleaning list.
Home stretch! Look at your list and see what’s left. Is it stuff that needs to be done monthly or is it more seasonal stuff? Add it to your list and cross it off. Again, here’s mine for inspiration (or make you feel better- whichever 😉 ):
- Clean fridge
- Clean freezer
- Vacuum stairs (carpeted stairs are a pain in the tush)
- Scrub tubs
And for the grand finale!
Look at your weekly and monthly lists. Decide when you’re going to do those weekly and monthly cleaning tasks (and when you’ll have time for them) and fill them in.
“But, Melissa!” you cry. “I won’t be able to stick to a strict schedule!”
Easy now. If you can’t get a task done on the day you scheduled it, move it. The house won’t fall apart if you couldn’t get around to mopping (your socks might stick to the floor, but it definitely won’t fall apart) on the specific day you wrote it in. Think of this as more of a routine rather than a schedule. I’ve included an example of how you could schedule your cleaning tasks so you get a few done every day. Or you can pick a day each week to get all your weekly cleaning and one or two monthly cleaning chores done. Whatever works.
So download your workbook freebie and comment below with what aspect of cleaning you struggle most with. Right now I am struggling with laundry. What about you?