Over the past 7 years of marriage, I have found it a little overwhelming to stay on top of the constant cleaning. I have made it one of my main goals to discover ways to simplify the process. Becoming a mom made me desperate to get it all figured out, as my time quickly slipped away. My ideal cleaning schedule needed to clarify daily tasks, motivate against overwhelm, and offer as much family time as possible. Gone are the days of playing catch up each Saturday, or folding 7 loads of laundry at a time. I’m here to tell you why you need a personalized cleaning schedule. Planning out your cleaning will save you time and allow you to finally feel on top of your life!
Because A Cleaning Schedule Helps Avoid Overwhelm
I can get so overwhelmed just thinking of all that needs to be done to keep our house clean and organized. It can go from perfect to disaster far more quickly than I can stay on top of it. Sometimes when we see all that needs to be done, we can feel like there’s no point even starting.
Cleaning and organizing every part of your house in one day will be impossible. But you’d be amazed at how little time you need to spend each day in order to keep up on it.
A cleaning schedule will help you to set aside just a couple of cleaning tasks a day. After the tasks are done, you move forward to all those things you actually want to do. Then you just do a couple more the next day.
Because Staying on Top of Cleaning Makes it Go So Much Faster the Next Time
I’ve already quoted my mom’s famous saying of “it’s easier to keep up than to ketchup.” It’s still true.
Staying ahead of the cleaning will make it so much easier tomorrow, and the next day, and the next day.
Laundry is my favorite example, because nothing gets out of hand faster than clothes piling up. Until recently, I would set one day aside for folding laundry. But truthfully, I’d avoid it for days before finally getting around to folding my 3 separate loads. It’s hard to find that much time at once to sit and fold laundry – even though the task is so simple.
So, I’ve started throwing one load of laundry in every night. I wake up to a fresh load of laundry in the dryer, and can fold it in 10 minutes flat. It has simplified the process for me, and keeps me from the overwhelm I used to feel.
When we feel overwhelmed by the task at hand, we are far less likely to get it done right away. When we can keep the task simple and easy, we will take care of it and move forward to something else.
This applies to jelly that falls on the floor, dirty dishes in the sink, or the pileup of dust under your couch. Taking a few minutes to clean it up now, makes it go so much faster in the future.
Because It Keeps You From Forgetting the “Invisible Chores”
I think we all find it pretty natural to keep on top of the dishes and the laundry. It might feel overwhelming at times, but we can make it happen because it is right before our eyes. Once it gets to a certain point, we just take care of it.
What about those sneaky, hidden away places that we just hope no one ever notices? Dark closets, dresser drawers, under the couch, behind the fridge, or in the corners of your bathrooms?
I think we all think of these occasionally and assure ourselves we will get to it later. But how often do we?
With all the obvious tasks before us, it can be hard to make time to dust the fan or reorganize your spice cupboard.
Having a personalized cleaning schedule will remind you of these simple, but easy-to-forget tasks. Doing each of these on a regular basis will ensure they take minimal time. You will find it’s not so hard to keep on top of them. And you will burst with pride when someone opens a forgotten cupboard only to exclaim they’ve never seen anything so organized.
Because When You Build Cleaning into Your Daily Schedule, You are More Likely to Make It Happen
Let me tell you what kind of housekeeper I am. I can see a jelly stain next to the fridge and ignore it for 2 months, just waiting for the right moment when all is right in the world and I have a solid hour to scrub every nook and cranny in my kitchen.
Eventually, it happens, and I become the most OCD cleaner you’ve ever met. Suddenly every speck of dust drives me crazy. I end up spending 2.5 hours instead. No wonder it takes me so long to get around to it. My subconscious knows I’ll never have that kind of time.
Knowing my personality, I realized I needed to have it written out specifically for each day of the week. This helps me to stop ignoring the little things.
Now, I have set aside 30-45 minutes for cleaning each day. It sounds like a lot, but it’s actually way better than 3-4 hours of cleaning on Saturday. I promise – because I’ve been there. When we clean for just a small portion of our day, we leave the rest of the day open to anything we want to do! And as parents and humans, what we want to do almost never involves more cleaning.
If you start to look at your cleaning tasks as a part of your daily schedule – like brushing your teeth, making your bed, or eating dinner – you will be far more likely to make it happen.
You will stop glancing at the laundry and hoping that those free moments to fold it appear. Reality check: “free moments” don’t ever appear. You have to build in the time. And once you do, you’ll be absolutely amazed at how much you can accomplish in that time frame – and how much you enjoy it!
Because When you Have a Schedule, You are Planning on Home Success!
Honestly, for me, one of the absolute best parts of creating my cleaning schedule was my attitude shift. I went from constant messy-house-guilt to an attitude of home success.
This does not mean my house is never dirty, it doesn’t mean that things don’t still slip through the cracks. Every. Single. Day.
Life still happens, and home success to me will never mean that nothing is out of order – there are too many other things to focus on (especially my little ones who are growing way, way too fast).
But when we take the time to plan out what needs to be cleaned, we stop feeling like we will never get it done. The “why bother” attitude disappears. Hope surfaces – and this is awesome! It is so motivating to know that all I have to do to have a cleaner home is spend 30-45 minutes each day. And, all I have to do is clean only what I have written down for that day.
The guesswork disappears, along with the frustration and discouragement that comes with constant cleaning “catch-up”.
Planning out your cleaning puts your home into your hands. Following through with one simple step will give you an instant confidence boost. You are the master of your home, and it doesn’t own your or control you. Decide today that this is a priority, and you will feel instantly motivated to start taking small steps to make your house a home.
Cleaning Schedules Simplify Homes and Enrich Lives
To say I’m passionate about this is an understatement. But it’s not because I was born cleaning – quite the opposite. It’s because I’m lazy and forgetful by nature. If I don’t write it down, it doesn’t happen.
I got so sick and tired of having everything slip through the cracks, over and over and over again, that I finally made a solution for myself. I’ve talked to expert homemakers, and watched others in action. I decided what type of home environment I wanted, and made a goal and then a plan for how to make it happen. I still miss days, sometimes even weeks. But, since it’s all written down and accessible, I just come back to it next time. Gone are the days of going 8 months before cleaning the popcorn from under the couch.
This process is simple enough that I can actually do it. I’ve done the work and tried so many different methods. I know you are tired of playing keep up. Follow my lead, and you will be amazed at how simple this process really can be! Time to take this to the next step in my step by step guide for making your very own personalized cleaning schedule!
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