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Household chores seem like a bummer, like a never-ending list that keeps repeating. With all our busy schedules, it’s hard to be on top of it all. One thing that has helped me a lot is creating my weekly household cleaning schedule.
My weekly household cleaning schedule isn’t the most conventional. Most people clean per room, but I spread mine out throughout the week to prevent fatigue and overwhelm. I put more of the heavier tasks in the second half of the week in case I get visitors during the weekend. This way my home just needs a touch up if they do come. My home cleaning schedule is formatted in a way that considers who I am, how easily I get overwhelmed, and what I can realistically accomplish in a day and week. When creating your weekly home cleaning schedule, these are the factors to focus on as well.
Creating Your Own Weekly Household Cleaning Schedule
My weekly household cleaning schedule will look a lot different than yours. If you’re trying to find your way around the home, my schedule is geared to tackle the most essential tasks while reducing overwhelm. If this feels bare to you, then this is good news! Because that means you’re either killing the game already or this feels manageable.
I live in a two-bedroom apartment with my boyfriend and roommates. I don’t clean after a toddler, but a toddler does roam the apartment. That being said, my cleaning checklist consists of cleaning one bedroom, one bathroom, and common areas. If you can relate, then I’m glad. But if you don’t, you might be wondering how this schedule might work for you. This schedule includes what I feel to be the most essential tasks to tackle. There are definitely more areas to clean in our homes, but if you can go through the week doing the most essential then that’s all that matters. Remember, cleaning is an ongoing thing that sometimes needs to go on the back burner to other priorities.
I like to keep my cleaning schedule simple so that I don’t get overwhelmed, but I still get the house cleaned. This is my more-or-less weekly household cleaning schedule. You may follow it by the letter, but more than likely you’ll need to tweak it to your needs.
My Weekly Household Cleaning Schedule
- Clean out the fridge of leftovers and expired foods
- Clean microwave
- Scrub down the exterior of the fridge
- Bathrooms: Clean the toilet bowl, counter, sink
- Take the time to disinfect any handles, knobs, phones, etc. around the house.
- Vacuum/Sweep/Mop Floors (excluding bathrooms)
Note: You may need to vacuum/sweep more often if you have pets.
- Bathrooms: Clean shower/tub and mirror
- Clean all glass; this means mirrors, windows, glass doors, etc.
- Bathrooms: Clean the whole toilet (toilet bowl and exterior), counter, sink, floors
When should I clean other areas?
I didn’t put this as a part of the weekly household cleaning schedule because the amount of laundry varies for everyone. I don’t do laundry daily, but weekly instead and it isn’t on any particular day. If you have a large family, you may need to do laundry once a day that way it won’t be too overwhelming.
I clean most parts of the kitchen daily. This includes counters, stove, dishes, and sink. The rest of the stuff is identified above or is a part of my not-so-often deep cleaning schedule.
I declutter whenever possible, especially on the day I clean the floors.
This isn’t a home cleaning schedule I stick to strictly, but it gives me an idea of how to spread out my chores in a way that doesn’t overwhelm me. So when deciding on a home cleaning schedule that works for you, make sure to consider what you can accomplish in a given day that won’t stress you out.