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Hey girl, I’m glad you’re here. Taking the time to create a cleaning schedule is a fabulous way to show yourself a little love! Desiring a cleaning schedule means that even though you are ridiculously busy working mom, you are serious about creating the clean home & life you truly deserve!
But…I want to be frank. I’ve seen so many moms get stuck downloading one cleaning schedule after another in search of the one that will finally help them turn their house around. This can go on for months. And as a working mom myself, I know that you don’t have time to waste!
To be honest, that doesn’t have to be you. So here’s the deal. I am going to give you a ridiculously solid cleaning schedule to download at the end of all this! But first, I am going to give you something powerful — something no one else is sharing.
Below are seven simple keys so that any working mom wanting to create a cleaning schedule can use to basically guarantee you will have a clean house! And what’s even better is with these keys, instead of just having a clean house — you’ll learn the secrets that will allow you to have a clean house most of the time! And yes, it can be done even with kids or a full time job.
What is clutter
Clutter is a random pile of mess — look around. Do you see any? If you see lots of clutter around your house, that’s the first thing you’re going to want to tackle before actually starting a cleaning schedule.
Decluttering your house does not have to be considered some big ceremonious event. You simply need to add decluttering to your everyday routine and consider it a way of life from here forward.
Whether you start with the bedrooms first or common areas, the most important thing is just to make sure you spend a few minutes each day tidying up or picking up the stuff that makes your house look messy.
On days when you aren’t so busy, pick a room and spend 15-30 minutes a day decluttering it. Once done, move on to the next room. Start in an easy room first so that you can get some momentum & motivation to keep going.
Power Tip | Don’t collect bags and bags of clutter that need to be tossed and let them sit around for weeks at a time. Keep the ball rolling by collecting clutter & tossing it either the same day or within 24 hours.
Keep this in mind
Decluttering is something that you should plan to do regularly for the rest of your life. It’s one of the secrets to a clean house for life. Plus a decluttered house looks clean even when it’s not! That’s a huge win for any working mom!
Why you should do this
You’re already short on time so why spend it cleaning messes that could have been prevented in the first place? Simple things like house rules & boundaries can help with these types of messes drastically!
Examples of avoidable messes
If you’re cleaning crayons off the walls in your house every week — you can totally let your kids be free or creative yet have boundaries. Crayons are for paper not walls — unless you have those cute chalk walls of course!
Dishes left in the sink overnight — prevent this by unloading the dishwasher each morning so that all the dishes throughout the day can be placed in the dishwasher.
Ask yourself which messes can be avoided in your home
Where are the worst messes made in your home? What annoys you the most to have to clean? What do you spend most of your time cleaning? Once you have answers to those questions, think about what can be done to prevent those messes from happening. Kicking everyone out, while tempting, is not an answer!
You may want to read my post How To Have A Clean House For Life. It’s a huge list of simple ideas & habits you can start using literally today to help you have a house that virturally stays clean forever!
Why is this important
Think about your job — your real job. A crappy computer can be frustrating to work with — it can decrease your attitude, efficiency & overall productivity.
But a new computer can turn that bad attitude around instantly & solidify your spot as employee of the month! That is exactly what good cleaning products can do for your attitude towards cleaning!
Don’t make cleaning harder than it has to be
Invest in cleaning products & tools that you will actually enjoy using — and ones that can get the job done. Stop penny-pinching on vacuum cleaners — buy the one that really sucks (in a good way) and excites you at the thought of taking it for a spin!
MY FAIL-PROOF CLEANING CADDY // all-purpose cleaner + apron + bucket + caddy + disposable gloves + extension cord + floor cleaner + furniture polish + glass towel + high duster + microfiber towels + mold & mildew remover + mop + pumice stone + scour sponges + small trash bags + soft scrub + stainless steel polish + stone cleaner + tile & grout brush + vacuum
You may want to read my post How To Clean Your House Like A Pro if you don’t know where to start cleaning your house or if you’re unorganized and need a little direction.
Why you should do this
As a working mom, the one thing you must do is use your time wisely. Again, time is always limited for you. If you want to follow a cleaning schedule & feel accomplished, you’re going to have to adjust other areas of your life so that you actually have time to clean.
Get more time by creating a balance between home, work & life
Let’s say you want to spend one-hour a day cleaning. How can you get that hour? Here are some areas you of your life you should review:
YOU MAY ALSO WANT TO READ // The Smart Girls Guide To A Clean And Organized Houe | 10 Actionable Tips for more ideas on how to create and keep your house clean and organized!
Why this is important
Cleaning schedules, no matter how thorough, still leave a lot unsaid. To get the results you’re looking for — a spectacularly clean house without spending all of your time cleaning — you will have to fill in the blanks with good cleaning habits that are built into your everyday life.
How to clean as you go
When you use the bathroom, the secondary action that — hopefully — allows follows is you wipe yourself. You don’t put off wiping yourself to some more convenient time. You do it right then and there.
That is cleaning as you go at it’s best! Basically, whatever you touch, you must follow through by cleaning it, putting it away or throwing it away right then and there. The immediate follow-through is the key.
Easiest ways to put this into practice
Here are a few more examples of how to practice cleaning as you go:
If you train yourself to clean as you go, eventually, it will become a way of life. It’s one of the easiest, yet most powerful things you can do to always have a house you’re proud to say is yours!
Why this matters
Let’s be honest — you’re not always going to have time to follow your cleaning schedule. As a working mom, it’s to be expected. When your cleaning schedule gets interrupted, just do what you can until you can catch up. Some days you can do a little, others you can do a lot — it all adds up to a win!
How to put this into practice
If you can’t get to the bathrooms on bathroom day — just ask yourself, is there anything you can do instead? Start one load of laundry, shred some old papers, or donate some clothing — all good ideas.
So what you didn’t get everything done. Today got real crazy real fast so the one thing you did get done is a win!
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Why this is huge
This is so important because when you have a family, it can really seem like the only person that cares about having a clean home is you. That can make you want to quit trying all together but don’t. You deserve a clean home and you will get it. One way or another.
How to work with your family
Have a conversation about the state of the house and how you’d like to fix this. Let everyone know that they can easily do their part by doing easy things like their chores or simply cleaning up after themselves.
Set clear expectations and let them know you need them to follow the program so that you can have more time to do things for them when they need you. Major key alert. Provide gentle, loving reminders at first. We don’t want to start off in crazy mode — we’ll save that for later!
How to work around your family
So you’ve had the conversation and you’re not seeing anyone even attempt to try after a week or two. That’s fine. Stick to your schedule but now is the time to let them feel the burn!
You know your family best but here are a few ideas to help you along:
If you have small children, now is the time to teach them to clean up after themselves. My two-year-old daughter and 3-year-old twin boys know where their toys can and cannot go. It’s never too early!
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Your house needs certain things done daily, like literally every day, and then there are other things that you only have to do a few times a year. There are three sections to this cleaning schedule to help you easily remember what to do, when and how often.
Just remember that you know your house & time constraints better than anyone so use the cleaning schedule below as a foundation for the one you create. Be prepared to change your schedule periodically as life changes.
These specific daily tasks are the ones that allow you to keep a house that stays clean most of the time. If you want to enjoy a well earned weekend without a single thought of your dirty house creeping in, pay attention!
Each of the following cleaning tasks should be completed once per week. You should rearrange the tasks in a way that makes sense for you and your current schedule. Create time so that you can complete the required cleaning task without being interrupted.
Above are the four major tasks you need to complete over four days. However, feel free to break down any of those tasks & complete over two days if that makes it more manageable.
Remember, getting everyone to chip in or get out of your way all together are the best ways to get the cleanings done faster.
Once per month or every 4 weeks, these tasks need to be on your calendar to be completed! They are easy to forget but are the things that make your house seem brighter & cleaner when done regularly.
How to easily add-in your monthly cleaning tasks
Every week, add in a different one of these monthly cleaning tasks to complete. Or just choose one weekend a month to knock it all out!
If you want to learn the secrets to cleaning your entire house fast, you should check out my post: how to clean your entire house in 2 hours! It’s a game changer!
A few more tips to you boost your chances for success
BEFORE YOU GO
Remember that your cleaning schedule is just a tool to help you organize your time and home. However, if you commit to using it as intended, it can be the most powerful tool in your belt.
And of course, if you found this content useful, I’d love it if you share this by pinning it on Pinterest or your favorite social media spot. It’s kind of like giving me a virtural high-five! You’re the best, XO — Victoria!