Monday, February 23, 2009

GET A CLEANING SCHEDULE AND DAILY ROUTINE IN ORDER!!



You must have a routine to follow. A weekly cleaning schedule and also a daily chore list! Your daily chore list must get done every single day..no excuses!! A sample of daily chores would look like this:

WIPE DOWN KITCHEN, LOAD AND UNLOAD DISHWASHER
SWEEP FLOOR
MAKE BEDS
QUICK WIPE AND SWIPE OF THE BATHROOMS
AT LEAST ONE LOAD OF LAUNDRY, WASHED, DRIED, FOLDED AND PUT AWAY
QUICK RUN THROUGH THE HOUSE FOR A PICK UP AND PUT AWAY
FAST SWEEP AFTER MEALS, DISHES IN DISHWASHER AFTER EVERY MEAL..NEVER LEAVE DISHES IN THE SINK..EVER!
FAST WIPE DOWN OF FINGERPRINTS..USE THE MR.CLEAN MAGIC ERASER AND GO THROUGH THE HOUSE WHILE YOUR ON THE PHONE WITH YOUR FRIEND OR MOM..JUST WIPE DOWN FINGERPRINTS AND AROUND THE DOOR JAMS, LIGHT SWITCHES, ETC.
QUICK WINDEX OF MIRRORS AND WINDOWS IF NEEDED

If your consistent with these daily chores, your home will always be company ready!

For your weekly schedule you may have to play around with it till you find something that works for you. No two schedules will look the same. Some women work and find doing all their cleaning on the weekends works for them. Others find doing one room at a time is the key to their success! Here is just a sample of what my weekly schedule looks like! While most women who have small ones aren't able to do the whole house in two days, just do what you can when you can! Make a list of 10 things to do each day, and if you do it everyday, your home will be in order!

My weekly schedule
MONDAY:
Daily chores
Clean out the refrigerator
Go grocery shopping
Mop kitchen floor

TUESDAY:
Daily chores
Vacuum stairs and family room and any other rooms if needed
Project Day. This is the day that I will clean a cupboard, drawer, closet or any other out of the ordinary chore that is not on my schedule. Each week I’ll see something that needs to be done. If I notice that the boy’s drawers are getting messy, I will make a note and do it on Tuesday.

WEDNESDAY:
Daily chores
UPSTAIRS CLEANING DAY
Strip beds and wash sheets
Clean bedrooms and upstairs bathrooms

BEDROOMS DETAILED LIST
  • Strip beds
  • Vacuum mattresses
  • Take everything off dressers and dust/wipe down
  • Wipe down everything before returning it to dresser
  • Windex the mirrors and windows
  • Dust the baseboards and windowsills
  • Vacuum the rugs
  • Put fresh sheets on the beds

BATHROOMS DETAILED LIST
  • Remove all rugs/towels and throw into the wash
  • Wash/clean
  • Toilet
  • Bathtub/shower
  • Vanity and sink
  • Wipe down everything
  • Clean light fixtures
  • Dust off baseboards/window sills/tp holder and towel rack
  • Wipe down the walls
  • Vacuum the floor
  • Mop the floor
  • Put out fresh hand towels

Hallway
  • Dust the baseboards
  • Vacuum the rugs
  • Stairway
  • Dust the railings and spindles
  • Vacuum the stairs

THURSDAY:
DOWNSTAIRS CLEANING DAY
Daily chores

KITCHEN DETAILED LIST
  • Remove all rugs and throw into wash
  • Anything that can go into the dishwasher goes in. If you have burner trays, knobs from the stove, sponges, cookie jar, canisters (my canisters are lined with plastic bags, so I only have to pull the bag out), microwave tray, any other washable kitchen knick-knacks or items. They all come out nice and shiny and you didn’t have to scrub anything.
  • Remove all other items from the counters. Scrub the counters well and scrub everything before putting back onto the counters. The less you have cluttering your counters the less you have to clean!
  • Scrub sink
  • Wipe down all the outlets and behind the sink really well
  • Wipe down cabinet and drawer fronts and handles
  • Clean light fixtures
  • Wipe down table legs and chair legs
  • Wipe down the refrigerator and top of refrigerator.
  • Clean out inside and outside of microwave
  • Clean stove top and front
  • Windex windows
  • Get into the corners of the kitchen with your vacuum attachments
  • Clean the baseboards and corners
  • Sweep/vacuum floor
  • Mop floor

FAMILY ROOM, LIVING ROOM, DINING ROOM DETAILED LIST

  • Remove all knick-knacks and dust/clean surfaces (now is a good time to throw in knick-knacks that are washable into the dishwasher…vases, decorative dishes etc)
  • Dust/clean baseboards and corners
  • Dust ceiling fans, light fixtures
  • Vacuum cushions on couch, if removable, remove and vacuum under cushions
  • Vacuum the rugs

POWDER ROOM DETAILED LIST
  • Remove and wash rugs
  • Clean toilet and sink
  • Clean baseboards
  • Windex window/clean window sill/windex mirror
  • Vacuum and mop floor
  • Put out fresh guest towels
HALLWAYS/ENTRYWAYS
Vacuum, mop hallways, dust all baseboards and throw rugs into wash

FRIDAY:
Daily chores
This is a “FREE DAY!!!” The house is clean and as long as I keep up my daily chores, it stays that way.
I may vacuum if needed on these days.

I also recommend having “free days” for the purpose of flexibility.
You never know when you may have a sick child, or you yourself is sick, or some other life issue that pops up during the week.
This day can be used to stay on track and keep your schedule!
If my son is ill on Wed, then I’ll just push everything up a day.
So I’ll do the upstairs on Thurs and the downstairs on Fri. Nothing gets left undone and I don’t have to spend the weekend cleaning!

SATURDAY:

Daily Chores

“FREE DAY!!!”

SUNDAY:
Daily chores
Make out Menu plan and shopping list

35 comments:

  1. I just found your blog and I love it. I hope to one day be as organized as you.

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  2. WOW, you are so organized!! Some questions - do you do everything on your Detailed Cleaning List every week? For example, on Wednesdays, do you do every task alloted for the Bedroom, Bathrooms and Hallway on that one Wed? How long does this take you?

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    1. I just love your whole cleaning scheduele..thanks

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  3. Hi Anonymous,
    Yes, I do everything on the detailed list each week. If I have a busy week, I may split things up a bit, but all the chores get done every week. It really doesn't take me that long. If I start in the morning first thing, I am usually done by 1pm. So about 4 hours tops. Once you have it down, and your home is picked up and kept up all week, its really not that hard to whip through the list. Your not wasting time picking up and scrubbing things. You've been keeping things relatively clean all week so its much simpler to deep clean.I've mentioned before that every woman has different situations. Some women have several small toddlers, some may have an infant, and others may have all teenagers. This is going to decide how you should have your schedule. No two women will usually have the same schedule. Do what works for you. The point though, is to have a schedule and to stick to it!! Thanks for reading the blog!

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  4. I love the schedule you have set up! I am new to being a housewife as well as a mom! ( to a 8 month old and then I married a man with teen boys) I was totaly lost of how I was going to get everything done and kept up with. But this has really helped me.
    Thanks so much!!

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  5. Yours is SO much like mine :) And yay for Free Fridays.. we need a break before the weekend!!

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  6. I have been looking for some kind of order and routine in my house for a long time. I have 3 year old and a husband who think i'm there to pick up after them everyday. I love your blog and have printed several hints and schedules off and now my home is in so much more order. My little girl is even helping out and we were out the door on time for school this morning. thank you dawn!!!

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  7. wow... that is really amazing. what time do you normally wake up and go to bed?

    i need to get organized like you too!!

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  8. Dawn, Thank you! Truly! I was raised by a feminist woman during the great feminist movement. Unfortunately, I always wanted to be a housewife because I could see even at such a young age as five, that my father, sisters, and I were missing out. With a feminist mother us children were expected to do all the cleaning. So learned how to clean really really well, but not so many other important things like getting organized like this. I am now a housewife and have been having great difficulty balancing everything. I will start with your schedule here and make adjustments as I notice they need to be made. Thank you so so so much for being a mentor and a help to housewives that were denied proper teaching like me. This will help me be a better and happier wife as well.

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  9. I'm not technically a 'housewife' yet...I'm a single mother of a 12 year old, and I could use some help so that when I finally do find my husband our home is ready for him.

    I just bought my first house...a three bedroom, split level,with 2000 sq feet of living space. Upstairs: 2 bedrooms, bathroom, hall way, kitchen, dining room, living room...the latter three are an open concept with all laminate flooring. Downstairs: 1 bedroom, large rec room, workout area, another full bathroom, and a large shop/laundry room. For work travel 6-11 working days every month out of town, 2-4 nights away at a time. While I'm away my son stays with his grandparents down the road. My travelling schedule is erratic to say the least, and I feel overwhelmed between keeping up with the house/yard and wanting to spend time with my son that doesn't have a broom in my hand and the dust pan in his. I seem to be in a routine of dumping my stuff when I get home, doing 'fun' things with my son, and then rushing to get it all cleaned up the day or two before my next trip...aahhh. What can I do to get a grip on things so I can try to have a social life too?? Can't meet anyone without one of those right? haha

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  10. Thank you,Dawn for these lists. Reading the comments, I do however feel left out as a father doing the same work. Better abilities in accomplishing housework allows better parenting, so the children of fathers with these responsibilities may benefit if their father reads & uses material such as this. I have read it, and find it useful, despite the women-oriented discussion, pink background, etc., but other dads may be put off. Please make it more open to fathers as well as mothers.

    It's not about whether or not we believe that women are better at the job. Some fahers may have sole care because their wife has died, and it would benefit the children if the father read pages like this to be better housekeepers. Even though fathers as primary parents are in the minority, I do believe it's the right thing, and important, to keep helpful web pages like this open to all, not just women.

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  11. Reminds me of my Mother ! I am wondering what a schedual would look like if one has parents living in the home, that require total care ? How about situations where a person has twins or children that are old enough to do things for themselves should they then follow the same schedual for their own bedroom and bathroom ?
    Thanks for the great information.

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  12. its a wonderful routine and schedule... i love it and i will definitely follow it.

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  13. its really nice. i'll definately try to follow it. -NISHA JIWARKAR

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  14. superb schedule. thanks a lot.
    -nisha jiwarkar

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  15. This List is so perfect, I recently moved to the United States to be with my Fiance and he is used to his mom cleaning and cooking being perfect and to his liking so he expects alot out of me I will definetly use your list as a guideline and modify it a little. Was maybe wondering if you could post one of your weekly menu lists if not maybe send it to
    ashley-pelletier@hotmail.com
    Thanks much!

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  16. excellent blog, I loved. Thanks for this information. I was confused with my household work, now am clear. I hope it wil workout for me. Thanks!

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  17. I am anxious to give this a try! I have been a "housewife" for a little over 5 years now and I feel like I still don't have my routine down and I am never satisfied with the cleanliness of my home. I have learned a lot from reading this and I look forward to getting started! I was wondering if there were any "can't live without" cleaning products you use for your floors, bath/showers, ect. Thanks again!

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  18. Thanks for writing this! I've been a hybrid (work from home mom) and will soon become a full time stay at home mom. Since my 2 children are both in school now, I look forward to spending my days at home without being tied to a laptop and focusing being a full-time housewife.

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  19. I just would like to say, I have a 60.00 Martha Stewart Home keeping book which is rather helpful but also overwhelming! to fallow her routines along with raising a family with 3 children and 1 on the way is not a reality for me. I found your schedual 2 years ago and I truley have appreciated it. With the 3 kids it is easy to fall out of routine once in a while but I'm never SO far behind that there is no catching up for me.
    Thank you!

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  20. I just don't think I have 4 hours a day to clean! I have a 4year old and a 2year old!

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  21. I want to thank you I have worked from home for 3 yrs as a daycare provider and started planning a schedule for chores a few months back. I recently moved in with my fiance so I have to care for him and his son also. This breakdown of schedule is perfect and more of the detail I was looking for. I can care for the 4 kids, get cleaning done and still have a little time for myself.

    Thank you for the advice and motivation!

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  22. Very usefull daily routine guidance

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  23. I love this! Thank you for sharing.

    Dawn

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  26. I love this! I have my own schedule, but it's so good to have one. Especially if you are a housewife, you have the time to do everything, and your husband really appreciates it. I love her big rule- you NEVER EVER leave dishes in the sink. I can't even leave a spoon in there overnight. My favourite housework? Dishes and vacumming. And oddly, cleaning grout.

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  27. When I go through Your blog, I realised that your routine is similar to my mom's...
    Good blog & great service for all the women,
    All the best for your bloging future!!

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  30. Even after being married for 10 years, I'm still having issues getting my motivation to do the everyday housewife duties. I found your blog here and it seems so easy. I don't have a washer and dryer at home so I'd have to make my own type of schedule to have a day at the laundromat. I don't have children, just me my husband and our dog. But I say thank you for this. I hope to get my personal daily & weekly schedule made up. You are a life saver! Thank you!

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  31. this is awesome! my life was in shambles until I found your blog! you are indeed a saint! I have never had a child or husband until last year and I was lost as how to organize and stay on top of things. I never had examples of wives growing up (im the first woman to get married in my family in generations)!

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  32. hi my name is Claire and I have been looking forever for something like this I love to clean but tbh I do it all the wrong way round and then give up ha. I have to children my eldest is 11 and my youngest is 5 so they are at a funny age off not picking things up and putting away what they get out my other half works mon to sat so he is hardly home but im hoping that once I print this off the kids can see what I do have to do everyday they might pick out a few things their selfs and help out so I shall win with out them knowing it ha na only joking on that part but thank you so much for what you have wrote down it will help me out a lot and make my home a much happier place to be x

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