Busy families like yours find their lives dictated by a variety of different schedules. Work schedules, school schedules, extracurricular activity schedules. When you’re finally home, it’s tempting to throw away the schedules and take care of your chores willy-nilly. However, this isn’t the most productive way to tackle your household responsibilities. Yes, you need one more schedule in your life— a weekly house cleaning schedule.
This doesn’t have to be a rigorous cleaning regimen. But scheduling a block of time to tackle specific tasks each day will ensure the right chores get done at the right times and help everything in your household run smoothly. No more last minute, “Hey, I don’t have any clean socks,” or “Ew, when was the last time someone cleaned the toilet?”
With a weekly cleaning schedule, you’ll know things will be clean when they need to be and nothing gets overlooked.
How do I make my weekly house cleaning schedule?
The best part of a weekly house cleaning schedule is you get to make it yourself! No one else is telling you what time you have to do something. This schedule is all about you and your family’s needs. You get to pick the chores you want done, when to do them, and how much time you’re willing to spend on each. Better yet, you can always tweak your schedule if you find that something isn’t working! Your cleaning schedule is your own customizable plan for a clean, functioning household.
So how do you create this weekly cleaning schedule? Here are three easy steps to get you started!
Step #1: Make a chore list
Your first step is to make a list of chores that need to be done each week. It might help you to make an individual chore list for each room in your house so don’t neglect anything important. It might even help to walk to each room as you make your lists, just to envision the space clearly in your mind.
You can also look up lists of suggested chores online, like our weekly house cleaning template below. There are lots of weekly house cleaning schedules and checklists on the internet to give you ideas of what to put on your weekly chore list while you craft one specifically for your family.
As you compile your chore list, remember this is a weekly cleaning schedule. This isn’t a list of one-time home projects you’ve been meaning to do or tasks that only need to be done monthly or annually. If you prefer, you can keep a separate running list of these occasional or one-time chores and pick one or two each week to do.
Now, look at your lists. If there are common chores, like washing windows or vacuuming carpets, you can consider those one chore and plan on doing those tasks throughout the whole house at once. Other chores might be similar, but should be kept separate, like wiping down bathroom surfaces and kitchen surfaces.
#2: Schedule your chores
Just as the chores you pick for your house cleaning schedule will differ from other families’, so too will the times you pick to do each chore. You should think about what needs to be clean when to best suit your family’s needs. For instance, you might want to do heavy cleaning later in the week so your house is ready for weekend guests if you do a lot of entertaining, or you might do laundry on weekends to make sure everyone has clean clothes for the week.
You can schedule fewer chores on nights when the kids have extracurricular activities and more chores on nights when the whole family is at home. You may want to assign specific chores to each family member based on their age and schedule. It might be a good idea to create your weekly cleaning schedule together so everyone can pick what they want to do and when.
#3: Keep it easy
Your house cleaning schedule shouldn’t be difficult to follow. Hang a copy (or multiple copies) somewhere everyone can see it so they know what chores they’re responsible for each day. Set time limits to doing chores, and don’t worry if a task doesn’t get completely done. You can finish it next week. Create cleaning supply stations around the house so supplies are in easy reach or try other house cleaning tricks to make the job easy.
Weekly house cleaning schedule template
As promised, here’s an example weekly house cleaning schedule that might inspire some ideas for your list. We left off daily chores like cleaning up dinner and feeding pets and stuck with once-a-week chores to keep it simple. Remember, your schedule should be made with your family’s needs in mind, but it doesn’t hurt to get a little inspiration!
- Declutter surfaces that collect junk all week, like counters, desks, workbenches, and tabletops
- Throw out junk mail, old magazines, old school papers, etc.
- Pick up and put away toys and other things left out from the weekend
- Clean out the refrigerator
- Clean bathtubs, showers, and bathroom sinks
- Clean toilets
- Dust and wipe down bathroom counters and mirrors
- Change towels and bathmats
- Dust flat surfaces, light fixtures, ceiling fans, blinds, hard furniture, and electronics
- Wipe down and disinfect door frames, light switches, door handles, and other frequently touched surfaces
- Polish wood surfaces
- Wipe down and disinfect kitchen surfaces like counters, sink, cupboards, and stove top
- Clean kitchen appliances like the microwave, toaster, dishwasher, oven, and refrigerator
- Deodorize food disposal
- Sweep and mop hard floors
- Vacuum all carpets
- Vacuum furniture cushions
- Clean window and door glass
- Wash clothes
- Wash bedding
- Fold and put away clothes
- Tidy up closets and bedrooms
You’ve worked hard this week! Take a break and have some fun with the family.
Of course, using a weekly cleaning schedule requires time to do the cleaning. If you’re short on time, call the professionals to make up the difference. CleanSpace excels at keeping busy California families’ homes clean all week long. Call today for more information and a free quote!