My Weekly Cleaning Schedule

Ah, the weekly cleaning schedule, that perfect balance between the life you want to live and the environment you want to have.  Its standard is different with everyone.  But I made this one of my March goals, so I thought I would share with you what I have learned so far.

When I stopped working, I had this overwhelming sense of responsibility to keep the house in perfect working order.  It was something I put on myself, and when I fell behind for whatever reason, I would crash, feeling absolutely horrible.  But the reality is that I am more than just a housekeeper.  I have a life and friends and responsibilities outside of my house, and I can’t keep stressing out.  In fact, the whole reason we decided that I would stay at home was to learn how to deal with stress, not transfer it onto a whole new set of rules!

But truthfully, I absolutely hate to clean.  I don’t like to do dishes, laundry (except towels fresh out of the dryer, of course), bathrooms (ugh to the nth degree), vacuuming or sweeping, really anything.

My organizational style is mostly made up of baskets/drawers (with labels of course) that I throw similar things in so I can find them later.  I want to be able to find the things I need and realize when to get rid of the things I don’t need.  I do get overwhelmed if there is a lot of stuff on the counters or tables, but I’m better when those things have been placed in a bin or drawer out of sight (but still retrievable, not a big fan of the random junk drawer though I understand its inevitable necessity.  We do have one, and it’s the bane of my existence most days).

But, in making my weekly cleaning schedule, the first thing I did was embrace the chaos.  I had to be okay if I left dirty dishes in the sink at night, if making my bed wasn’t the first thing I did when I woke up, or if the laundry was left in the dryer all day (I try to avoid doing that with the washer cause, you know, mold).  When we adopted our new puppy over a month ago, this really helped to embrace the chaos, because he is, right now, quite a chaotic entity in our home.  He doesn’t know all the rules (like don’t take the remotes out to the backyard).  And I spend the majority of my day working with him.

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One day this week, in fact, I lamented to Michael that it took me literally 3 hours to do about 20 minutes of kitchen/dishes cleaning because some dog somewhere needed my attention (usually our young pup).  And one of the biggest lessons I’ve learned is to be okay with it.  Sometimes dinner won’t be ready until the cavalry (aka Michael) comes home.  And that’s okay.

The second thing I did was pick my dailies.  These are things that I can actually do every day very easily.  And if I miss a day, it’s not the end of the world, but life does move more smoothly if these things are done.

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For example, I make my bed every morning.  And I don’t make it with hospital corners.  In fact, I read an article that said the undone bed is on the rise, so I don’t put forth too much effort every morning.  I pull the sheets and comforter up and smooth it out, tucking in anything hanging beneath the comforter.  I make sure the fitted sheet is pulled down around the mattress.  And then I put all of the pillows at the top.  I have literally made my bed with my dog still on it (of course, she’s moved around as I made it, but she was just not ready for the day yet).

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I picked these things because they are easy to do in 5 to 10 minutes every day.  Also, the biggest helper to me with the shower and the counters are these wipes.*  I keep them in the shower and wipe down the shower after use.  And I keep one on the kitchen and bathroom counters to use as well.  I know that this is not the best environmental choice, but if I have one vice environmentally, let it be this one.

And finally, I created the rest of my schedule around not making it the majority of my day.  I divided up the bathroom duties because I absolutely hate doing the bathroom, so if I can do one thing at a time, it’s easier to handle.  Here’s that schedule.

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I don’t have cleaning during the weekends if I can help it.  Some things I do as needed, like cleaning out the car or tidying up a room that we don’t usually use on a regular basis.  But if I get the above things done, then I’m doing okay.  And I can spend the rest of my day doing other things.

Now I fully realize that this will change when kids come into the picture, which is why embracing the chaos was number one.  Right now I only have dogs and a husband to clean up after, and my husband is pretty neat and clean.  So I know that tidying a living room might not be possible if a baby is going to go behind me undoing everything I am doing.  But for this stage of my life, this is what works for me, and I don’t believe the overall sentiment will change.  As long as I can find a system that helps me to find things and move about my house safely and (mostly) sanitarily, then it’s all good with me.

*I am not sponsored by any products listed, however, I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.

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7 thoughts on “My Weekly Cleaning Schedule

  1. Ohhhh cleaning… one of the biggest constant clouds over our heads, right?!? I sometimes feel like I will spend hours cleaning only for it to be dirty again in ten seconds! I love your little tips/tricks to do quick cleans and maintain the cleaning. I need to get those lysol wipes! I am sooo strange and like to make my bed literally right before I get into it- yes, so strange, but I can’t stand laying in crinkled sheets (but I also don’t want to make my bed first thing in the morning). Hope you are doing well, friend. Life has been crazy and I haven’t been able to keep up as much as I would like to with my favorite bloggers, but I have been thinking about ya! Hugs!

    • Aww, you are too sweet! I’m so glad we are bloggy friends. 🙂 I don’t blame you about the crinkled sheets. Some of the beds on that article I linked were a little TOO undone. It was just nice to know that casual cleaning is more in style now. It helps me not be too hard on myself. 🙂

  2. Very similarly to you, I quit my job at one point during our IF/RPL struggles. I also found it a challenge not to feel pressured to keep our house immaculately clean and have meals prepped and ready for Mr. MPB. And very similar to you, I hate cleaning! It was a challenge for me too, but I will admit I never got as organized as you are. And, at times our house wasn’t perfectly clean, but it was nice to be able to run errands during the day so that Mr. MPB never had to do them – in fact, now that we are both working full time again, he often comments on how much he liked it when I wasn’t working and he never had to go grocery shopping, do laundry or help clean the house.
    And yes, I promise you, once kids come into the picture, the state of your house drastically changes. Mainly because there are plastic toys and Tupperware everywhere. While I truthfully don’t like the plastic toys everywhere, I do realize how fortunate I am to have plastic toys everywhere. I’m desperately hoping you too will soon be stepping on toys in the dark. Sending my love, as always.

    • Yes, one of the big things when I moved from working in the home full time to out of the home part-time, was the fact that I couldn’t be at home for repair people anymore. And I couldn’t monitor Michael’s fish or anything else in the house. Once I stopped working completely, Michael sees the advantages of my flexibility, but he still tries not to take advantage of it. But it is very nice.
      I love how much women who have experienced pregnancy loss wish crazy things on each other. Women have wished and hoped and prayed for me to experience lego pieces in the foot, dirty diaper explosions, and a loud home. And I hope for every minute of it as well. Thank you so much for your encouragement. Some day, we will be sharing and comparing, and reminding each other that we make two incredibly awesome moms. 🙂

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