I’m generally an all or nothing type person. When I start a project I like to finish it as soon as I can. I don’t like starting something new until I’ve finished up what I started earlier. This personality trait has, for all of my adult years, carried over into how I clean my house. For years my cleaning schedule has gone like this: 1.) wait until the house gets dirty enough that I can’t stand it anymore (which isn’t long…I’m a neat freak) 2.) spend the whole day cleaning the entire house from top to bottom 3.) crawl into bed at night exhausted with dry hands and a sore back.
That schedule worked ok for a while and I’ll admit there is something so soothing about having your whole house clean at once. But, let’s face it… with kids the whole house stays clean for a total of about 5 minutes before something’s messy again. Plus, it was getting harder and harder for me to find a day where I could devote 5+ hours just to cleaning my house. I pay (too much) attention to detail when I clean and also end up sorting, rearranging, putting things away while I clean. That, coupled with lots of interruptions from the children, made for very long days of cleaning (yes, they do help me with cleaning but their “help” often creates more clean up for me!).
But everything has changed! You guys…. I have found a solution! I have changed my cleaning habits from a project into a practice. I’ve implemented THE TWO WEEK CLEANING SCHEDULE! It totally goes against my grain but I have gotten into the routine of it and I am loving it! All it takes is about 20 -30 minutes of cleaning a day. And the good thing is…my house always feels clean!
Ok so you may have seen people post before about how they clean one area of their house each day of the week and then they always have a clean house. Yea, well, that sounds good in theory… but cleaning each part of my house every week is just too much for me (honest truth). And, while some areas of the house could use a cleaning once a week, there are many areas that I think do just fine with a cleaning every two weeks. So that’s what I do. I choose one area of the house to clean each day and complete the whole house over a two week period. Here’s my sample schedule:
Tuesday: Deep clean kitchen
Wednesday: Master bathroom
Thursday: Guest bathroom
Monday: Empty trash throughout house, clean windows (not all my windows but things like the slider and back door which the kids touch)
I have chosen not to clean on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday because I like to have the weekends free and I also like to have some extra days in case one day I just can’t fit in the time to clean. I also do laundry on the weekends and meal prep. But if you have a larger house or more areas to clean you can always add some or all of those days to spread out the work. Also once a month on a Friday or Saturday I do something that only needs to be done once every couple of months like windows, blinds, ceiling fans, and baseboards. As a side note, this schedule does not include things like dishes, picking up toys, putting away clothes, vacuuming or sweeping up spills and messes, etc. These are things that I do on a daily basis and don’t need to add to my cleaning schedule. I will also swipe the toilet or wipe down the bathroom sink real quick if need be in between cleaning days. This list is just for the more scheduled deep cleanings, not the quick things I do daily.
The beauty of a schedule like this is you can customize it however you like! You can do a little something every day of the week or cut it down to just 3 days a week. You can clean the bathrooms once a week instead of once every two weeks if yours get dirty quicker (I’ll admit they probably do need it but I just hate cleaning bathrooms so I figure once every 2 weeks is enough!). If your dog sheds and you need to vacuum every day then add vacuuming along with something else to your schedule. The only carpet we have is in our bedrooms so I don’t need to vacuum as often. The key is, don’t overload the schedule! If your cleaning is going to take more than 20-30 minutes you probably aren’t going to get to it each and every day because it’s too time consuming. You want short, quick jobs that you can accomplish quickly and that you won’t be able to talk yourself out of.
I’ve been loving my two week cleaning schedule so far and it’s taken alot of stress off of me as I know that at any given time most areas of my house are clean. What about you? What methods of cleaning work for you? What household chore do you absolutely hate to do? I’d love to hear!