Do you struggle to get your daily household cleaning tasks completed? Do you find yourself only completing the essential cleaning tasks and never getting around to a deep clean? Are their areas of your home that are in desperate need of some TLC, but somehow you don’t ever have the time?
If you have answered yes to any of the above, then you could do with creating a cleaning schedule that:
A. Works for you
B. You can stick to
It may seem a daunting task, but creating an effective cleaning schedule will save you time, and your sanity in the long term, and here is how you are going to do it.
Identify Your Cleaning Preferences
Before you can create an efficient cleaning schedule that fits around your daily life, you first need to identify what it is that you want to achieve cleaning-wise. Do you always want your home to be spotless (as if!), or are you happy with a bit of clutter and mess, as long as the main elements of your home are clean? Questions such as ‘how often do you think you will clean your oven’ are also important in working out a realistic cleaning rota that you will stick to.
Pinpoint the Tasks That You Have to Do Each Day
These tasks do not need to feature on your cleaning schedule, as you are aware that they need doing every day and most likely, you are used to carrying them out. However, it is important to identify them so that you can see what other cleaning tasks you can also fit into your schedule.
These daily routines may include:
- Doing the washing up after dinner
- Laying out your children’s school uniform
- Wiping down the kitchen worktops
Determine What Tasks Need Doing in Each Room
Having a list of household chores categorised by room is the easiest way to ensure that no task gets left out. Start with the kitchen and gradually move through each room in your home until you have a thorough list of all the errands that need completing, both in the short and long term. The next step is in working out how often each task needs to be carried out; this will differ from one individual to the next, as each person’s cleaning standards are different. Finally, you need to decide who is responsible for each chore; because Mum can’t do everything, however much you try to!
You may also want to enlist the help of a cleaning professional for certain cleaning tasks that require special attention – luckily, you can find plenty of cheap carpet cleaning and other budget-friendly services in your local area.
Finalise Your Schedule
The final step is to put your plan to paper. This could be a simple printable form or a cleaning schedule board that you hang somewhere that all the family will be able to see. Alternatively, if you are a bit more high-tech, you could devise an online cleaning calendar that all your family members will have access to and can be altered if necessary. No one method works for everyone; the key is in finding what best suits your family’s needs.