Tuesday, December 13, 2011

2012 New Year New You - Cleaning Schedule

I had a friend ask me recently If I could do something for her on a Friday.  I said sure that I only had laundry on the schedule and she gave me one of those looks and said "you schedule it?!?!"

Yes I do!  I have to schedule things or they won't get done....and I don't work outside the home!  When I did work it was even more important that I scheduled my chores or this place would look awful.  And there were times that it did!

I treat cleaning, cooking and taking care of my home as if it were my 9-5 job.  I like to get everything done while my husband is at work so that I have evening and weekends free to be with him, or do things with friends and family.  When I had a "paying" job, I scheduled things very much the same as I got home before my husband, and then finished other things on Saturday morning while he was out fishing.

So here is my cleaning schedule to give you an idea.  You might have busy days where you don't have time for any chores or you might not have any physical limitations and can do it all in one day.  Mine is spread out because I'm forced to rest so much every day.  I'd love to hear some of your schedules....maybe someone has a better idea for me!

Monday: vacuum, kitchen
Tuesday: vacuum, kitchen, bathrooms
Wednesday: vacuum, kitchen
Thursday: vacuum, kitchen, mop
Friday: vacuum, kitchen, laundry, clean laundry room

Yes, I do vacuum every week day and on the weekends if I feel like it.  I read a home-ec book that said you should vacuum 1 day per week per person and inside/outside animal in your household.  That equals 4 for us, but I kinda live in the woods so there's always stuff getting tracked in.

If you have a job outside of the home and can't do something like this, pick one morning that you can do laundry, then while the loads are going do your cleaning.  Then by the time the laundry is done so is the whole house.  If you suffer from Fibromyalgia, arthritis or other chronic pain or fatigue syndrome, please spread your chores out throughout the week.

Until Next Time.....


  1. Oh thank goodness it's not just me who has a cleaning schedule! It's more of a guide now I'm a stay-at-home wife, but when I worked it was carved in stone and woe betide anyone who threatened to inconvenience the schedule!

    Roughly my weekly guide is :

    Monday - strip and change bed, vacuum and dust upstairs rooms and clean bathroom.
    Tuesday - grocery shopping, clean kitchen and downstairs cloakroom.
    Wednesday - baking.
    Thursday - visiting in the morning, as it's 'date night' I usually spend the afternoon preparing a special meal.
    Friday - dusting and polishing downstairs.

    Vacuuming is done almost daily and laundry done as and when.

    Saturday I am usually home alone so that's 'my' time to please myself!

  2. So smart. I love the tip for vacuum one day per creature you have living in your house. For me, that's four days! Thanks for the advice.