Cleaning Schedules: Maintaining sparkly surfaces with just minutes a day

I’d like to confess that although I love to organize, I dislike cleaning. My awesome husband usually picks up the slack or I pull marathon cleaning sessions before guests arrive. I don’t like either of these scenarios and right now hiring a cleaner is not an option. So I’m making it my new year’s resolution to get organized about my cleaning.

There are many cleaning schedules online where all the common household chores are spread out over a series of days so that you can work consistently towards a clean home. Here are a few websites that I found with sound solutions:

  • Weekly Chore Schedule by Home Ec 101 – http://www.home-ec101.com/clean-it/weekly-chore-schedule/
    • If you need a simple schedule, Home Ec 101 provides a great chore chart (in PDF form) where each day of the week is a single type of chore such as Laundry day or Bathroom day.  The advantage of doing chores this way is that you have one type of chore to focus on. This is great for those who often don’t know where to begin
  • Motivated Moms Chore Planning System – http://www.motivatedmoms.com/
    • Motivated Moms takes all of your chores and house maintenance tasks, balances them across the year so that “you don’t spend your entire day doing housework.” You get a specific set of chores and tasks for each day of the year. What’s great is that they tell you what to focus on and what you can let slide, taking the guilt away for not getting something done. This is great for those who are trying to avoid marathon cleaning sessions. Available in ebook or app format. 
  • Chore Busterhttp://www.chorebuster.net/
    • If you know what needs to get done but want some assistance spreading the chores amongst your family members, take a look at Chore Buster. You enter into the website the people in your family, the chores (specifying their difficulty/undesirability and frequency) and the program “generates a fair schedule of chores.” What is even better is that your schedule can be automatically emailed to each family member so no one can say they didn’t know what they were suppose to do.

For my needs and personality, I feel that the Motivated Moms ebook is going to help me with my cleaning goals. Note that the three web sites above are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to chore schedules so take your time to find the solution that feels right to you. On a side note, if you feel really ambitious and want to tackle two New Year’s resolutions at the same time, you might want to check out cLEANmomma (http://www.cleanmomma.com/) where founder Carolyn Barnes shows you how to turn your cleaning tasks into a workout.

Happy cleaning!

About Gabriela Burgman

Gabriela's mission is to empower her clients with the tools and motivation they need to get and stay organized. Prior to becoming a Professional Organizer, Gabriela worked in a photograph archive as well as several university archives, assisting offices, administrators, and retiring academics to sort through their files for preservation or disposal. She became a professional organizer in 2007 working as an independent consultant before joining Living Peace. When Gabriela is not learning new ways to organize photos or paper both physically and electronically, she is spending time on what matters most to her: visiting with family and friends, reading a good mystery book, or cooking a tasty meal.

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