This year, I really wanted to change that. I love how my apartment looks when it's all clean, and I really believe that a clean space makes you happier and feel more productive. I decided to put together a cleaning schedule to keep myself accountable for cleaning, which I'm sharing today! I have my tasks divided into two categories- daily tasks and weekly tasks. I'll explain what each of those are below, and tell you (by room) what falls into each category. I'm also linking up to some of my favorite products, and I would love to hear some of your suggestions as well!
Keep in mind that I currently have a one-bedroom apartment, so if you're using this as a guide you will have to add on additional rooms. It'll be interesting to re-do this when I finally move into a house, so be prepared for a part two in the (hopefully) near future.
I also want to make two announcements before I start the post. Next Thursday will be the next "What's New With You" Linkup with Kristen and me! Check out my post from last month to learn more :) Also, make sure you enter my 1 year blogiversary giveaway! There are still a few days left to enter!
Daily ScheduleTasks that should be done every day. I admit that I'm not great about doing these things every day, but I'm working on it!
MorningMake bed. This is one of those things I'm not great about, but working on!
Dishwasher. I like to either run the dishwasher or empty the dishwasher (or dish drainer) in the mornings. This isn't something that I run every single day, but more often than weekly. We have a tiny little dishwasher that doesn't hold much, and we don't have many dishes, so I run this way more often than I would like!
NightDishes. I do all of my dishwashing while I'm waiting for things to cook for dinner. It's my way to multi task! I usually put on a TV show on my laptop and wash the dishes. It's actually kind of therapeutic after a long day! After I'm done cooking and eating, I'll also wash any additional dishes or put them in the dishwasher.
Counters. Every day I wipe down the counters just to make sure I get any crumbs or spills off. I do a deeper clean weekly, which you'll see below.
Put Away. I try to dedicate about 10 minutes a day to putting everything where it belongs. I'll spend more time doing this on Fridays when I have a day dedicated to decluttering, but I try to stay on top of things on a daily basis. Another area I can work on!
Weekly ScheduleTasks that only need to be done once a week (or that I only care to do once a week). For each room, I have a task to do each day, and when I complete that task, I put a check in the box below. Since there are usually four weeks in a month, I have four boxes for each day. Here's a breakdown by room:
Living RoomMonday = Furniture. This means vacuuming the sofa, chair and ottoman and spraying with a fabric spray.
Tuesday = Mail. Go through all the mail from the past week, make sure my bills are paid (writing it down in my planner), throwing out junk mail, going through catalogs and reading magazines.
Wednesday and Thursday = Free Day! Just have to do my daily chores!
Friday = Declutter. I do this in each room of my apartment. Basically I just go through my products and see what I can get rid of. This is mostly useful in the bathroom and kitchen so I can get rid of old products or food. Most weeks I don't have a lot to declutter, but doing it weekly keeps things under control.
Saturday = Dust. Self-explanatory, just dust everything! I use an old fuzzy sock which makes things really quick and easy, then throw it in the wash when I'm done.
Sunday = Floor. Our living room has hardwood floors and an area rug, so I vacuum everything, then Swiffer the hardwood. We get a lot of dog hair from Selma, so vacuuming first is a must! I've had this one for 4 years now and absolutely recommend it! It's bagless, never loses suction, and works really well. It's pretty cheap and lightweight too!
KitchenMonday = Recycling. I gather up all of our recycling and take it outside. Since we live in an apartment, we have dumpsters outside so we can really do this any day that we want. Doing it on a weekly basis works, but if we ever have a lot accumulating I'll take it out more often.
Tuesday = Trash. See above. I also have trash cans in the bathroom and bedroom, so I'll take all of these out at once.
Wednesday = Disinfect. I either use Lysol wipes if I'm lazy or Method All Purpose Cleaner to really clean off the counters, sink, stove, microwave, cabinets, appliances, etc.
Thursday = Free Day! Just have to do my daily chores!
Friday = Declutter. See above.
Saturday = Floor. First I'll vacuum to get up any food bits or dog food, then use a dry and wet Swiffer rag to clean the floors.
Sunday = Meal plan. You all know I love to meal plan, so Sundays (or sometimes Saturday nights) I'll make a plan and go grocery shopping.
BathroomMonday = Toilet. Not fun, but it needs to be done!
Tuesday = Trash. See above.
Wednesday = Brushes. I like to deep clean my makeup brushes on a weekly basis. I use Dr. Bronner's Magic Soap and it makes the process really quick and easy!
Thursday = Sink. Another area that's not fun. I also clean off the mirror and disinfect the cabinets.
Friday = Declutter. See above.
Saturday = Floor. See above.
Sunday = Shower. Probably my least favorite area to clean in the house. I'm pretty lazy about this to be honest. I like to use Scrubbing Bubbles because the foam looks cool changing colors, and it makes the process pretty effortless.
BedroomMonday, Wednesday, Thursday = Free Day! Just have to do my daily chores!
Tuesday = Trash. See above.
Friday = Declutter. See above
Saturday = Dust. I don't have a lot of furniture in my bedroom, just a dresser and sleigh bed, so this is really quick.
Sunday = Floor. The bedroom is all carpet, so I just vacuum. It's also really small so this is a quick process!
For more cleaning schedule resources, check out these links!
Morgan Manages Mommyhood
Living Well Spending Less
What does your cleaning schedule look like?
What areas do you hate to clean? What do you like to clean?
What are some products that you swear by?
post contains affiliate links. this is not sponsored in any way- I just wanted to share some of my favorite products! If a cleaning service wants to sponsor another post about cleaning, I would be fine with that :)