Thursday, March 25, 2010

Make A Cleaning Schedule



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Here is one that I finally committed to: create a cleaning schedule. I sat down one day and created a weekly cleaning schedule. When I was a teacher, I was ALL about schedules. I made bi-weekly calendars for my kids, opened and closed each class
the same way, and always reminded my kids, "did you check the class calendar?"
So, I finally realized that a calendar would help me to keep the house somewhat clean. It goes Monday through Friday, with weekends off. But, by Friday the house is so clean, I don't really need to get into cleaning on the weekend. Nice.

Here's the schedule. Keep in mind I have a 900 square foot house, so this is pretty easy. My big thing is keeping things o-r-g-a-n-i-z-ed and s-a-n-i-t-i-z-e-d. That's right. 900 square feet, 1 closet, a cat, a dog, and a toddler. Plus, Brian has an office and that eats up about 100 of those square feet. I also only have one bathroom, so that makes things easier-though I do have to clean it more often.

Monday:
Vacuum and/or steam clean carpets (we have a bissell
at home that is awesome-more later)
grocery shop for the week (oh my, the grocery store is so stocked yet crowd-free on Monday)
clean fridge and pantry

Tuesday:
dust
mop floors-wet
yard

Wednesday:
bathroom
vacuum
car

Thursday:
laundry
closet

Friday:
mop-steam
linens
vacuum

I will say that some days warrant an extra quick mop or vacuum, but that's easy. This works great. Here are some great cleaning tips:

1. Get gloves. I just feel like I can get more done with gloves. I got them so that my hands would stop cracking, but I soon realized that they put me in "clean mode." Okay, yes I have these in hot pink. Yes, they are goofy, but who cares.
2. Use newspaper or coffee filters on glass. These leave lint-free clean glass. I love the Method glass cleaner because it smells like mint instead of ammonia. Mmm.

3. Steam! I recently got the Shark Pocket Steam Mop at Ta
rget. I was a little hesitant, but I needed something that was quick, sanitary, and efficient. With paw prints and toddler-thrown food galore, this has been wonderful! It takes 60 seconds to heat up (faster than I could fill a soapy mop bucket), sanitizes with steam, and leaves no residue. Better yet, I don't have to worry about a dirty mop head because the cloth cover (it comes with 6!!!) goes into the washing machine. I do like a good soapy floor scrub once or twice a week, but this works great for a quick clean-up.
4. Laundry day. Yes, I do laundry one day a week and that is it. Seriously, do this! The laundry basket is oh so full on Thursday, but boy I love the fact that I'm not folding and putting clothes away all week. So refreshing.

5. This is kind of gross, but do it anyway. Put a Clorox toilet tablet in the toilet reservoir. Oh my goodness, it is so worth it.

6. Clean and/or replace your vacuum filter. Just when I think I need a new vacuum, I clean the washable filter and voila! The vacuum comes back to life. I do this about every 6 weeks. I recently saved my mother-in-laws vacuum by discovering a filter, um, "issue." That was a funny time!

Alright. Now it is your turn. Could you PALEASE post a good cleaning tip for me? I'm ALL about it. So, what are some of your cleaning secrets? Using vinegar to clean your coffee pot? Find a secret cleaner (ooh, the painting section of Home Depot carries a great patio furniture cleaner)? Find a cool cleaning gadget? Leave a comment. Happy cleaning!




18 comments:

  1. I need a schedule like this, but I'm just too tired on the days I work to do anything by the time I get home :( So our house is clean on Mondays and then it builds up until Friday when I'm home again. Gets a little overwhelming.
    Thanks for the great tips! I want some of that Method cleaner that smells like mint!

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  2. What a great idea.. I really need to make a schedule and stick to it. I feel like I clean everyday and that gets tiring, and I dont want my kids to only remember that I clean all the time!! Thanks for sharing, btw, Haper is a little doll, I have enjoyed reading over your blog. Have a great weekend!

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  3. Great Tips!!! I am your newest follower! Stop by when you can!
    Bonnie
    http://creatingahouseofgrace.blogspot.com

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  4. Great tips! I need a schedule as I work full-time and hate leaving it all for the weekend! I need to try to squeeze it in a little during the week.

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  5. Love the schedule idea! I need to make one and stick to it! I have hot pink gloves too LOL.... What great tips!

    Have a great weekend
    xoxo
    Summer :0)

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  6. Great tips.. I need to do something like that! I am all over the place when it comes to cleaning. Love your blog!

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  7. I love your schedule - I'm so looking forward to having one once I'm flatmate free!

    My tip is lemon for odours - gets onion smells off hands, cleanses the air in rooms, destinkyfies the fridge...

    Cxx

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  8. Loved your cleaning schedule! Also, is your husband names Brian, and did he go to UTK? He looks just like a guy I went to college with, just wondering.

    Love your blog, really cute!

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  9. Yes, it is Brian Wallace- he ran track and cc.

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  10. Great Schedule! I live in 700 sq. feet so I know exactly what you mean by cleaning less space but cleaning more often! I'm going to add a cleaning schedule resource to my blog very soon and would love to link to your post!

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  11. Hey Kristy, That is what I thought. I think I knew him in Student Government or Sorority/Frat!! Your family is so cute.

    Have a great weekend.

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  12. I am working on a schedule....love the coffee filter idea..

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  13. Just came across your blog and this great post!! I am totally going to try your schedule as our home is about the same size. I had a baby 2 years ago and it seems house work has become so much more of a chore but I think a schedule would really help so thank you!! Would love to know if you use that steamer mop on hardwood floors?? I am going to have to go check that out!!

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  14. Wow! Thank you so much for the tips. I am drooling over your 900 sqft. I just spent a week trying to talk my husband into downsizing to a 900sf house I found in our town. Unfortunately it's down the street from a few bars, needs work and has one bedroom (we have two kids)! Still not sure why he's resisting...Ha!
    My tip is basic: I buy a huge box of baking soda and use it in place of comet. It works great and no smell! And it's cheap!

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  15. Great schedule - it's nice to have it broken up into smaller 1-2 hour daily work rather than speed cleaning right before company comes - which I am guilty of too :-)lol!!!
    Courtney
    http://www.womenlivingwell-courtney.blogspot.com

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  16. Microwave a bowl of hot water for 4 minutes, then let it sit and steam for a couple more. Everything on the inside of the microwave will wipe right off!

    If your dishrags start to smell, boil them for a few minutes. They'll be re-sanitized and completely odor-free.

    Last tip:
    Cleaning your house when you have kids is like shoveling a driveway during a blizzard.

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  17. I loved your schedule so much I have linked to it from the cleaning schedule section of my site.

    You can see the post here:

    Weekly Housekeeping Schedules From Around The Web

    Thanks for sharing your schedule!

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