Do You Feel Like Your House is Always A Mess? Try this.
Our house seems to have two states, fairly clean and complete disarray. The length of each state depends on how many times company is coming over and how busy our lives are at the time. During the clean days, I optimistically think that I am going to “stay caught up on housework,” and “never let it get away from me again.” And then, out of no where (actually like 10 minutes after my kids get home from daycare,) it’s mystically back in the state of complete disarray.
I feel like Micah and I are constantly doing dishes and laundry and right when we get caught up and think we can relax, it’s like we are instantly behind. So I thought that the best way to try to keep our house fairly clean was to implement a “Cleaning Schedule.” I knew that I had seen these types of things on Pinterest, so I went there to find one. But looking at the Pinterest cleaning schedules just made me feel bad about myself, because several had things like cleaning your baseboards and light fixtures on a weekly basis. Meanwhile, I’m over here trying to find time to wipe the dried milk off the backseat of my car. (I swear I’m going to get that done one of these days!)
So I put together a FREE printable (and editable) PDF file named “A Realistic Cleaning Schedule” targeted towards those of us doing the best we can to keep our house’s clean. I made the schedule last for 4 weeks, with the hopes that it would become a repeating cycle. At the top of the document are the 3 tasks that should get done everyday:
- Clean the Kitchen – Do the dishes, empty / fill the dishwasher (as needed), clean/organize the counter tops, wipe the counters, take out trash (as needed)
- Sort the Mail – We have a bad habit of leaving days worth of mail on the kitchen table or in the “red desk” (the magical place where papers go in and never come out). On a daily basis, I need to make sure I sort through the mail, toss the junk and pay all bills.
- Pick Up the Main Living Space – Put all toys and clothes away.
I want to specify that my overarching goal for cleaning the kitchen isn’t that the kitchen must be clean before I go to bed, but that it just be clean at some point everyday. (At the end of the day I’m usually so exhausted, I debate whether or not I really need to brush my teeth.) That being said, the rest of the schedule can be customized to meet your household’s needs. On the third page of the file I gave some suggested tasks to help you fill in your schedule and how frequently I think they should “ideally” get done. Now remember, I have two really young children, so my definition of clean might be a little different than yours. For me, it’s not realistic to think I’m going to keep my house as clean as Martha Stewart’s, but I will try to keep it clean enough that I don’t have to worry what mysterious object my 1 year old just ate off the floor.
To make the files applicable to any printer, I made both a color and grayscale version of the Cleaning Schedule. The files are editable PDF files, meaning that you can easily edit them directly in your Chrome Browser. For some reason, editing them directly in Firefox doesn’t work, so if you use Firefox as your browser, you will need to open the file and then right click on the file and save it. You can then open the file using Adobe Reader. I also included my personal Cleaning Schedule that I’m going to start using this week (it’s not editable!) To get access to any of these files, you just have to click on the Facebook Like button below. If you’ve already liked my Facebook page, you might have to click on the button twice. (Let me know if you run into problems!)
I am SO excited to give this a try at our house, the state of messiness surely can’t get worse (right?) Let me know if you give it a try and if you have any problems, questions, or suggestions about the file! If you do a little cleaning everyday, then *hopefully* your house will never get to the disastrous state (eh…)!
Additionally, my friend Laura over at the Mom Envy just designed some awesome FREE Bullet Journal Inspired Household Project planner printables (try to say that 3 times over!) I would like to encourage you to head over to her blog and check them out! If you use my cleaning schedule and her house project printable you will definitely be more organized and your lists will look super pretty!
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