Before sharing a home with my dear, sweet family it was relatively easy to keep my space clean and tidy. Granted, the spaces I lived in during that time in my life were no bigger than a shoe box…but that’s beside the point.
Now that I am a proper homeowner living with a man who likes to work on greasy cars, a dog that sheds nonstop and a toddler who has the very normal tendency to leave messes every which way she goes, keeping up that same standard of neatness often feels all but impossible. It seems at every turn I hear someone with a similar family dynamic remarking that their “house is a wreck” and that they are “completely overwhelmed by chores.”
Why does it have to be so ridiculously hard to maintain a comfortably clean household with little kids running around?
The Journey to an Organized, Clean Space
I’ve been pondering this dilemma for a while now, and here’s what I’m thinking: in homes where pets leave behind masses of hair that chickens could nest in and children spread around piles of Goldfish Cracker crumbs that could no doubt feed starving countries, perfectly clean and orderly is just not going to happen every day. That’s okay.
In order to feel successful when it comes to cleaning I have lowered my expectations while simultaneously making it my mission to create a home that is efficient enough that I won’t often find myself in that same horrid position of feeling completely overrun.
Starting today, I’ll be sharing the first part of a series of various tips and tricks I use to just keep up with it all without becoming a complete slave to cleaning and organizing!
Developing a Cleaning Schedule
Enter the cleaning schedule! Creating an organizer for housework has honestly saved my bacon when it comes to not falling behind on home upkeep. I have broken my schedule down into daily, weekly, monthly, and seasonal chores so I don’t have to think too hard about what needs to get done around the house from day to day.
You can download a PDF version of my schedule here.
Does it cover absolutely everything a homeowner needs to maintain an organized, clean space? Not hardly! There are plenty of tasks we do around our house at various times, like cleaning behind the kitchen appliances for example, that aren’t listed on this schedule.
Do I actually complete every last one of these chores day to day, week to week, month to month? Absolutely not. Especially when I still had a toe in the workforce pond. It’s simply a guide and that’s all.
Am I going to try and keep up with this level of housework once the baby arrives this Spring? Not on your life!
I try to achieve what I can when I can, and a cleaning schedule helps me to stay focused on the essentials so I can prevent my house from falling into complete disarray. Thanks to my cleaning schedule I remembered to mop today, but I still haven’t gotten around to vacuuming. The Queen wasn’t dropping by for tea so I don’t think anyone noticed. More importantly, I made plenty of time for Play-Doh creations and dancing spastically to songs from Frozen with my pint-sized coworker.
The vacuuming will wait until tomorrow, or even the next day.
Here’s to cleaning schedules! May they help us to avoid the dreaded Wreck-of-a-House Syndrome while allowing us the freedom to pass on a chore or two while we dance to “Let It Go” with our toddlers.