I really like having a clean house to live in, but lately my cleaning has taken the back seat to everything else. This has left me one step behind, when I would rather be one step ahead. That is why I have made it one of my goals this month to get back into my cleaning routine.
My two biggest assistants in making my cleaning schedule are Flylady and iCal.
I have used the flylady’s routine off and on for the past few years. I really like how she splits the different parts of the house up, so you are getting your daily cleaning done but also deep cleaning each week. The email reminders and tips got a little overbearing for me, so I decided to just use her tips to make my own schedule.
I have an Apple computer, which I love, and iCal is the standard calendar that it comes with. I think it is very similar to other calendars like Outlook and Google. It holds the key to anything that I schedule.
(Click on the image to see the details of my cleaning schedule. I do not necessarily do the jobs at a certain time.)
Here are the some steps I have taken to make my own cleaning schedule in iCal:
- Make a new calendar. Having individual calendars for different parts of your life can be really helpful. Right now I have thirteen separate calendars on my iCal! I like that I can pick different colors for my schedules and have whatever calendar schedule open that I need to look at. Make your new calendar, insert a name, and pick a color.
- Daily jobs. Next I put in the daily jobs I need to get done: dishes, sweeping, laundry, and wiping down the bathrooms. Then I have it repeat daily.
- Weekly jobs. I then put in my jobs that I do once a week: vacuuming, dusting, mopping, cleaning the showers, and toilets. Then I have that repeat weekly on whatever day I assign it to.
- Cleaning zones. After that, I put in the cleaning zones (what room I’m focusing on) and what I want to get done each day that week. Then have it repeat every four weeks. For example this week I’m focusing on the bedrooms. One of the days I will be dusting, another vacuuming, washing windows, etc.
- Plan Ahead. As you are planning the week, look ahead to see what’s going on. If you are going to be out of the house one day, you may want to adjust your cleaning schedule accordingly. Then you won’t get to that day and realize you don’t have time to get it all done. If you don’t get something done, just move it to the next day and adjust accordingly. That’s what I like about the using a digital calendar, I can just drag and drop.
- Enlist help. Make a list of chores you can ask your kids to help with. I sometimes get overwhelmed and then realize I haven’t been asking for their help or teaching them to care for the home. Make sure you start this young. They won’t be much help at three years old, but they’re learning good work ethic. It also might keep them out of trouble for a few minutes.
Having this schedule has helped me a lot. Do you have a cleaning schedule? What helps you stay on task?
See more about my cleaning at my new blog Above Average Cleaning.
10 thoughts on “My Cleaning Schedule”
I love flylady! I do have a cleaning and laundry schedule, although, with us being sick, the schedule has been thrown out the window the last few weeks.
It does get hard to keep to a schedule when you’re not feeling well and the laundry doubles! I hope you all feel better soon!
I am finally trying to get to the point of doing certain things daily…weekly…and maybe monthly.
I love the FlyLady though I haven’t been doing my zones for awhile. I was so busy in the fall, and then Christmas came along, and now the gardening season is almost upon us. All excuses I know! Even 15 minutes a day can get me going in a zone.
There is always something that can interrupt a schedule, but if you split it up into a couple 15 minute segments it seems a little more doable.
I started out with just 5 minutes a day instead of 15 ~ for some reason 15 seemed overwhelming to me, but 5 minutes a day I could do.
I love flylady!
That’s a good idea! Start small and build up your time. Thanks!
We have a weekly cleaning morning. We all work as a family until everything in the house has been deep cleaned. Even our two and four year old boys have chores they do. It is a lot more fun doing it together too!! All the work is done in about three hours!
That sounds like another great way to do it. Thanks for sharing, Mandi.