Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Creating a Cleaning and Laundry Schedule that Works for You

 Before I begin, I want to apologize for not posting yesterday. I am realizing I shouldn't say when I will post next just because, I don't always know. Plans don't always go as...planned. I'm sure most of you can relate. I just wanted to let you know that my intentions are to post as often as I can and to follow through on what I say but things do come up and I sometimes have to let something go.

Okay, so onto today's post...

The other day I posted about a little "tweak" I made to our family command center. (See the original post here.) 

I added these chalkboards

to display our cleaning and laundry chores for each day of the week. 
(See that post here.)

So today, I wanted to show you how I went about creating a cleaning/laundry schedule that I could and would keep up with. The idea is to keep the house in a way that I wouldn't be completely embarrassed if someone were to stop by unexpectedly. This helps me stay sane and on top of things--to my expectations. I realize everyone has different standards. The idea is to find what works for you.

Ready to get started? Get out your notebook!

The first thing I did was create three columns on one page 
titled: Cleaning, Laundry, and Other.

Then I wrote out what cleaning and laundry I needed to get done in a week. The "Other" column was for other types of "chores" such as groceries and other errands, paying bills, and other weekly paperwork.

On the other page I drew out a chart with three columns and four rows to take into account each day of the week as well as AM and PM. The AM and PM isn't necessary but it helps me to break up my day(s).

As I mentioned in the last post each member of our family has a designated color. So I plugged in all of our family's obligations first using those colors.

After writing in all of our activities I decided to start with laundry first. I was very deliberate in my thinking here.
For example: I decided to wash the girls clothes at the beginning of the week, on Monday to make sure they had clean clothes for their weekly activities. Hubs has basketball on Wednesdays so I make sure to wash his clothes on Thursdays so that his jersey and shorts are ready for his next game.

Before I had a set schedule there would be times where we'd be scrambling to get things washed. That can be stressful. Having a schedule has really helped with that. Plus it keeps me from having to do it all on one day.

It makes it manageable for me.

 I then decided to lump my errands such as groceries, bank, post office, etc. into one sort of "Errand Day". I thought about when I have enough time (preferably without my kids--just easier for me) and scheduled that accordingly. Same thing for bills and other paperwork (coupons, filing, etc.) and anything that requires some sort of action---all got grouped together into a "Paperwork Day". 

Last but not least came the cleaning. As you saw on my cleaning list, I broke it up into small enough chunks that I don't get defeated before I start. Our house has three levels and it was always feeling like it needed to be cleaned. This helps to make sure everything is pretty much getting cleaned once a week. There are some chores that are required daily (make beds, dishes, wipe counters, and clutter) but most of it can be managed once a week. This really helps me feel like I am accomplishing something without getting too overwhelmed. Have I said that enough??? :)

Are there days when it doesn't get done? Of course. Life happens, just like I mentioned at the beginning of this post. I try not to beat myself up about it and just catch up when I can. I actually scheduled Friday morning as sort of a catch up for exactly that. Kind of takes a little pressure off a bit.

Another thing that I am still learning and 

constantly having to remind myself to do: ask for help. 

 While most of these jobs are still mine, I have delegated a few of them to my husband as well (see the jobs with green stars). As my children get older, they will acquire more as well. 

So there you have it. That's how I created my cleaning/laundry schedule for the week. Next I'll show you my weekly to-do list and goal sheet printables that I have created and have started using as well. You'll even be able to download your own! 

Here's a sneak peak:

Happy organizing!

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  1. Love your blog!
    New follower!
    Follow me back?

    1. Thanks Kimberly! I'll stop by your blog and say hi as well!

  2. Wow Susan! I love how organized you are and wish I can do the same. One of these days I'll have to go over this great plan with my boyfriend so we can keep up with the house chores together.

    I'm your newest follower and would love it if you can follow back. Let's stay in touch and stay organized! Hehe!

    Cathy Trails

    1. Thanks Cathy! It really does help when you break it up--for me anyway. I'll stop by your site as well! Have a great week!

  3. OMGosh!! This post couldn't have come at a better time for me!! I have been struggling to find a system that works for me, I'm always trying to keep up with life & the household. Every time I try a new method I never stick with it for long - but this looks like something I could easily do:) Thanks for a great post & a great blog!

    1. Thanks Candice! I'm so happy I could bring you some inspiration! The trick is though as I mentioned in my post, don't beat yourself up about it if you don't get everything done each day. Little steps. It really is gratifying though to know you've done what you had on your list and you have time for other things. Beats spending all weekend cleaning. Hope it works! And have a great week as well!

  4. Susan, you have to come over here and organize my household too!!!! AMAZING!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer... From Dream To Reality!!

    1. Thanks Christine! Just say the word! :) Happy Thanksgiving!

  5. Great tips!

    Would love for you to link it up at my new Empty Your Archive link party which is a chance to dust off great posts from your archive - there is a focus this week on laundry - would really love to see you there, Alice @ Mums Make Lists x



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