Keeping a house neat and clean is a tough job. Especially for those who work outside of the home and don’t have much downtime to clean.
The best way to properly keep your house clean is to make a day-by-day cleaning schedule.
This is a great way to visualize what needs to be done as well as a great way to hold yourself accountable.
So, what is the best way to make a cleaning schedule? The best way to make a schedule is to work around the time that you are most available. Having certain chores be designated for certain days is the best way to stay on track. So, what is the easiest plan when it comes to a cleaning schedule?
Here is the best and easiest way to break down chores to keep your house mess free!
The first day of your home cleaning schedule will be the first official day of your week. While for those with a regular weekday job, this day may be Sunday. It isn’t always the case for everybody. Some people do their most work on the weekends to your day 1 will depend on your work schedule.
Day 1 chores are there to set the tone for the rest of the week.
This is the time to get a bulk of the heavy cleaning out of the way since it will typically be the day before you start your work week. This way you are in a better position to keep your house cleaned and organized for the rest of the week.
Laundry is one of the most labor-intensive chores you have to do to keep your house clean. If you are lucky enough to have a washer and dryer in your home, the process will be much easier. However, not everyone is that lucky. Laundry should be done multiple times throughout the week.
Sorting your laundry ahead of time will put you in a great position to keeping you on top of your piles of laundry. Separate clothing from linens and towels and then separate remaining clothes by colors and whites. Day 1 is not the day to do laundry but it will get you prepared for the week ahead!
The weekends are a great time to catch up on the work that needs to be done outside of the home. This is because it gets you out in the fresh air and can set the positive tones for the week. Use this day to mow your lawn as well as routine clean-up like hedge trimming and leave raking. Save the larger outside jobs for the end of the week!
Day 2 will be the first day of your work week and will be the lightest chore day for you for the week. For most people, this day will be Monday. So, what exactly is light cleaning? Light cleaning is the type of cleaning that you would do every day like dishes.
Besides your regular clean-up, there are some ways to keep your home clean even on the busiest day of your week. Here are the best chores for your busy Monday that will keep you – and your home – on track!
Some people like to vacuum each day. However, if your house isn’t full of children, you can get away with only vacuuming a couple of times a week. The first day of the work week is a great time to schedule a vacuuming day. Depending on how much carpeting you have, this chore should only take you around 30 minutes to complete!
The best way to get stuff done on your busiest day is to schedule things that don’t take much time or attention. Day 2 is a great day to focus on washing towels. This is because all you will need to do is run a quick towel load that way they will be done when you get home. Doing towels at the top of your week also ensures that you will have a clean towel each day!
By the second workday of your week, you should start to have some energy and can schedule a few more heavy-duty cleaning jobs. This is a great time to catch up on chores that you didn’t have time for during the weekend. Day 3 is also a great day to leave room for some flexibility. Here are some great ways that you can keep up the momentum at the top of your week:
Sheets and Linens
Everyone does laundry every week. However, the one thing that most people forget to wash is their linens and sheets. Do you remember the last time you slept in a bed with clean sheets? The best way to ensure that your linens get washed each week is to schedule it.
This is also a great time to wash other linens that may need attention. Curtains, rugs and throw blankets need a good wash every now and again too. Check around your home and designate day 3 are your linen wash day.
One job that no one likes doing is cleaning their bathroom. However, there is one major trick to keeping your bathroom clean at all times. This is to be on top of regular maintenance. When you make an effort to take care of countertops and toilets once a week, the overall cleaning process of a bathroom will be much easier!
Day 4 is smack dab in the middle of your work week and is when our energy starts to slump slightly.
So, the best way to keep your momentum moving is to save the easiest tasks for this day.
The middle of the week can either be your friend or your worst enemy. So, in order to keep you from losing your swing for the rest of the week, stick to these simple chores:
If your home is covered in hardwood floors, you know about the struggle of having to sweep often. However, among the every day sweep ups, there are areas that we are missing. Using your hump day as a day to make sure to pay attention to those areas that need some love.
What are the areas that we often miss? Many times tight corners and small hallways are often neglected when it comes to sweeping. This is also a great time to focus on areas like behind TV stands, underside tables and under the dreaded fridge.
The middle of the week is a great way to start chipping away at those piles of sorted laundry. However, in order to still keep your workload light, you should focus on just one type of clothing. Take this day to run either the dark or white clothes in your pile.
It is important to have time to unwind after work in the middle of the week. Doing laundry is a great way to unwind, even if it doesn’t seem like it! Once the laundry is dry, kick back, throw on your favorite show and grab a glass of wine. You can easily fold clothes while still paying attention to your self-care.
Getting to day 5 means that there is a finish line in your sights.
If you have managed to stick with your cleaning schedule thus far, you should be in a great position to have a full-time clean house.
This is also the best part of the week to stop and see if there is anything you have missed. To keep your pace in good shape, here are some things to focus on for day 5:
Dusting use to be a laborious job that involved lots of toxic sprays and a whole roll of paper towels. These days dusting a quick and easy job with the help of extendable dusters and disposable wipes. Day 5 is a great day to take care of this easy chore. Just remember to focus on areas of your home that sometimes get ignored like blinds and under the bed.
Windows and Glass
Another quick and easy chore that goes hand in hand with dusting is cleaning the glass in your home. This includes windows, glass tops, and even glass shower doors. Even though cleaning your bathroom is designated for a different day. save the glass cleaning for day 5. Don’t forget to pay special attention to mirrors around your home as well!
Day 6 should fall at the end of your work week. While it is natural to feel a little worn out by the time this day rolls around, try to stay vigilant! The more chores you can complete on day 6, the less amount of work you will have to do during your days off. Here are some small jobs that are perfect for the end of the week that will set you up for a fun weekend:
Second Laundry Load
Day 6 is a great day to run that second load of laundry that you sorted out at the top of the week. This also will allow you to some time to unwind at the end of your work week while folding clothes. It is also important to keep your next week in mind when washing your clothes. If you wore your favorite blouse to work that week, make sure it ends up in wash s you can wear it when you want!
Even with our best efforts, clutter is sure to pile up around the house. Keeping to a chore schedule throughout the week also means that sometimes we are forgetting about the simple things to do each day. Take this time to walk through the house and make sure things are put away.
Make sure books are places back on the shelf and towels once again get hung up on their hooks. If you are a parent, doing nightly walk-throughs are like second nature. But, remember that we as adults also have a tendency to leave a trail of clutter behind us as well.
The last day of your week is a great time to stop and rest. If you were able to keep up with your weekly cleaning schedule, you should be set for a pretty light day. This way you can spend less of your day cleaning up and more of your day enjoying not being at work. Here are some chores that are best saved for the last day of your week:
Hardwood floors need much more than a quick sweep in order to stay clean. You have to make sure that you are doing a good job of protecting and waxing your floors. Since there is more time when you are not at work, giving your home a good mopping on the weekends is a great move.
Take Time For You!
Yes, keeping a home clean is important. But, it isn’t as important as your self-care. The first day off following your work week is the best day to reset yourself for the next week. So save your chores that you find joy in for this day. Fulfilling work like spending time in your garden or working on a home-care project that you have been putting off is a great way to spend your time.
What Are Some Ways To Stay On Track?
Having an easy chore schedule only works when you work it. It is easy to skip a week or two but, the best way to make a routine is to try the routine. Here are some helpful ways to keep yourself on track so that you can be successful in keeping your home clean:
Make A Chart
When it comes to staying on schedule, seeing is believing! Write out your chore schedule and put in somewhere where you can see it each morning. Having daily reminders is a great way to make sure that you getting done what needs to be done.
If you live with many people in your home, remember that it is okay to share the workload. One great way to do this is to assign specific chores to each person every week. This way you not only can share the cleaning duties, but you can also change them each week so no one gets bored.
The best way to stay on track when it comes to keeping your home clean is to manage your time. While this easy chore schedule may seem like a lot of work, it isn’t! Each day’s chores only averages about an hour of your time. Pacing out the work throughout the week will keep you from having to spend a whole day simply cleaning your home.
Cleaning is a pain.
No one really takes joy in hours of endless chores.
But, with the right amount of preparation and motivation, you can keep your home from becoming a quick disaster. The best tip for keeping your home is clean is to change your perspective. Once you have an easy to follow a routine in place, it is easier to stay the course. Good luck!
Maria is the founder of GoDownsize. While studying architecture in Denmark she became fascinated with designing living spaces for boats, tiny houses, RVs, and other small spaces.
She mainly writes about space optimization, interior design, and downsizing. She’s also in charge of our YouTube channel. Read more about Maria here.