Cleaning: Some love it, some hate it. I wouldn’t say I love it, but I definitely don’t hate it, I’m somewhere in between. Working from home, I like to think I can achieve things around the house, but it’s not always the case. I’m starting to want to nest but there are some things that I just can’t do any more, like bending over to pick something up off the floor, reaching the taps at the kitchen sink (we have quite deep benches), lifting a basket of wet washing…you get the picture. This means that the majority of the housework falls to Alex, or at least when he’s home to help me, and that’s not always a pleasant experience as he’s usually tired after working all day/week.
Developing a Cleaning Schedule
Routines are awesome to keep everything in your life in check. Before I had my new to me desk, I would try my best to get things done during the day for both work and around the house, but I’d find myself falling into a Netflix spiral and watch show after show after show. With my new weekly work schedule, I regained my focus and now only watch one episode of something during my lunch break. What my work schedule doesn’t allow for though is the other distractions I find around the house, like sweeping or wiping down the basin. Although it’s a big help to Alex and our time that I am able to do these little things, it’s not always ideal for my work schedule.
A little while ago, Alex came across a cleaning schedule on Reddit. He was so impressed by it that he sent me the link. Believe you me, I was just as surprised as you, particularly if you know how Alex feels about both cleaning and routines! He suggested that perhaps we need something like this for our place. I had to bite my tongue from telling him that we did have a cleaning scheduler on the fridge, but in his defence that meant that it would have to be scheduled out each week, a task that fell to me. Given that the cleaning schedule was hardly ever observed (even before pregnancy) it’s no surprise that I stopped doing it and have popped that cleaning schedule pad in the donation pile.
I’ve been meaning to develop a new cleaning schedule since Alex showed me that post, but I’ve had more pressing things to do, until now. Living in a two bedroom place means that, ideally, we could probably clean our flat in a day but realistically you get sick of it pretty quickly. Of course, we end up spending our one day a week together cleaning and tidying. It’s really not ideal, and we get crabby with each other quick smart. I’m hoping that this new cleaning schedule will help us to keep on top of everything, especially with Spot’s arrival just around the corner.
Small House Cleaning Schedule
All the cleaning schedules I come across on Pinterest seem to be for people who are home for a good portion of the day, have massive houses, or are related to the Energizer bunny. I love the schedules but I struggle to find suitable ones for smaller spaces, so I’ve come up with a cleaning schedule especially for smaller places, people who are on the go, or people who just don’t like to clean all day.
Divided into four sections, Daily, Weekly, Monthly, and Quarterly, I’m hoping that this cleaning schedule will bring our place into tip top shape. Alex even gave me his two cents on the schedule, suggesting that we assign the monthly tasks to a particular day of the week. I knew there was a reason to keep him around!
Daily chores are fairly self explanatory. Some schedules have them allocated to AM and PM but I figure as long as they are done at some time during the day, everything’s okay. Besides, you might have appointments booked all morning, or all afternoon, meaning you have to cram everything into the opposite half of the day.
Weekly chores like putting out the rubbish bins, grocery shopping, and the likes I’ve left for you to decide when to complete them as they’re usually fairly specific to your own schedule. It would be pointless me telling you to put your bins out on a Tuesday night for collection Wednesday morning if your rubbish isn’t collected until Friday morning!
Instead of assigning monthly chores a day of the week specifically, as they’re normally bigger tasks I’ve given them weeks of the month and scheduled them for a weekend day.
In the same vein, quarterly chores have also been assigned to a weekend day of your choosing.
For more cleaning tips and tricks around the home, check out my House: Cleaning board on Pinterest!
Do you have a small house? How do you stay on top of the cleaning?