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.

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

mop floors-wet




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!


  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!

  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!

  3. Great Tips!!! I am your newest follower! Stop by when you can!

  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.

  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
    Summer :0)

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

  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...


  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!

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

  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!

  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.

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

  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!!

  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!

  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!!!

  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.

  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!