Now that I’m a housewife, most of the cleaning duties in our condo has been taken up by me. All 1430 square feet of it. When I was working, we used to hire cleaners on a weekly basis but truth be told, they don’t really do a thorough job and will only clean what’s “visible”. We uncovered quite a few horrors when we moved from our old house. Needless to say, it motivated me to do a better job in keeping our new place clean.
I’ve been looking around for a system that will work. I used to split my cleaning tasks from Mondays to Fridays and covered different sections each day. I don’t want to spend more than 2 hours on cleaning so having them split up makes things a bit more manageable. In fact, I could probably use the same system if I work but with simpler chores and less time involved.
I came across Clean Mama’s Cleaning Routine checklist and thought it was a good solution to planning my cleaning days. I’d highly recommend checking out her system because she covers it very thoroughly. I’m such a big fan of her’s now and actually came across her website in my pre-planner days when I was searching for tips on house keeping.
The list is split by tasks, days and weeks in a month. I don’t really follow the tasks in sequence but I will mark items that I’ve completed in that particular week. For example, I may not dust the house on Week 1 since I’m already wiping up crumbs, dirt or spills daily. So on Tuesday, I will skip to vacuum, which is a Wednesday task and will mark it off when done. Friday is the catch-all-day and I normally spend some time giving the kitchen a good clean. Anyway, this checklist makes sense in my head and suits my cleaning arrangements quite well.
I printed out the checklist on A4 size paper and shrank the page layout to fit my personal planner. I originally intended to move the sheet from week to week but I think I will put it at the beginning of the month and flip to it whenever I need to check things off.
There are many different ways to plan your household chores. As mentioned earlier, I used to list them down in the daily sections. But I think listing them down in the “notes” segment on the Week on Two Pages is also do-able. This will be especially helpful for those who don’t have time to do housework everyday but need to be reminded to do them on a weekly basis.
I’m still in the midst of testing Clean Mama’s system out and it may change again next month. That’s the beauty of an open ring-bound planner… it gives you more flexibility to switch things up.
So, how do you plan the oh-so-dreaded house chores and do you use a similar system? Do share your thoughts as I’d love to learn more from you.