Why does it feel like there is always something that needs to get done? Some days it felt like I was constantly running from one task to another and barely staying ahead. Ah, who am I kidding? More like always behind, trying to play catch-up.

The thing is, inefficiency is just wasted time and energy. Wasted time and energy leads to never actually completing what you need to do. Not keeping up with what you need to do contributes to anxiety over chores.

Before you know it, you have a forgotten load of laundry in the washing machine and you’re pretty sure you’ve discovered a new kind of mold in the bathroom.

And no one wants that.

But what can you do? Running a household is hard and it’s impossible to stay on top of everything without completely giving up any life outside of housework. What if it didn’t have to be that way? What if all it took was some organizational skills and the determination to make your life easier?

Now that my son is here, I found it increasingly difficult to get things done around the house. My schedule now revolved around a baby who needed naps, feedings and other types of one-on-one time with mommy. I quickly realized I needed to organize my time in a better manner.

The objective of cleaning is not just to clean, but to feel happiness living within that environment.  Marie Kondo

Now, grab a pen and paper because it’s time to get started! First, list the chores or tasks you need to get done throughout the week. You can make a monthly checklist later but I recommend starting small. It’s always better to ease into a new schedule rather than dive in and get burnt out before giving up altogether so be realistic on what you can get done. This list should include daily tasks as well as ones specific to a certain day. Would you like to clean the kitchen once a day but the trash only needs to go out on Tuesdays and Fridays? Specify that in the list. It will make it easier once you start to assign each chore a certain day. 

Cleaning schedule with an Inspirational Quote
My cleaning schedule with an inspirational quote to remind me I’m bad-ass

I know what you’re thinking, there’s a million cleaning checklists and schedules all over Pinterest. Why should I make my own? I can’t find the time to do my chores, let alone create my own schedule from scratch!

I understand! I felt the same way. Initially, I did try and search Google for pre-made schedules. However, I noticed fairly quickly that there wasn’t one that fit my needs. Personally, I didn’t need each task outlined for me and didn’t want to worry about using a detailed checklist.

That’s when I decided to create my own and I think you should too.

You may not need a checklist or a loose outline like I did. Maybe you would do better with a timed schedule? 15 minutes in the living room on Monday then 15 minutes in the bedroom on Tuesday. The beautiful thing is, if you create your own checklist you can to tailor it just to your needs

Let’s get you inspired and ready to tackle even the most overwhelming of chores.

Cleaning Schedule With A Video Game Theme
A cleaning schedule with a video game theme

I like to use Canva, a graphic-design tool website, for a lot of my designs.

  • Create a new design Decide the dimensions you want to use I did my schedule 14X11 so it was large enough to read and in landscape format.
  • Decide how you want to lay out your schedule I selected a Grid with 10 boxes because it worked for my needs. I chose one with a large open space on top because I wanted to put in an inspirational quote and also have enough boxes for each day of the week plus a daily and monthly box. 
  • Personalize the schedule and make it your own. Choose how you would like the background to look. I googled color schemes with color codes and found palettes to my liking. You can play with the colors, fonts, and design at this point. This is when I added the inspirational quote and some attractive elements to jazz it up. 
  • It’s time to add your text Create text boxes within your grid and title them with the days of the week and monthly categories. Then add the specific chores or room you want to work on to their correct boxes. I kept my schedule pretty vague but maybe you would like to be specific on exactly what you’re doing?
  • Now that your schedule is created its time to decide how you’re going to use it. Will you print it out or use it digitally? If you want to print it out then you can take it to your local printing store and they can print it out for you in vivid color. If you like to do it at home make sure you have created and scaled it to the appropriate size for your printer’s abilities.  
  • Protect your work! These schedules are going to be used daily which makes dry erase pockets and dry erase markers lifesavers.

TIP: When trying to get organized make sure you are in a warm and inviting atmosphere, you’re not going to be successful at planning a realistic schedule if you’re stressed or surrounded by chaos.

 

Oh look! A free blank schedule if you don’t have time to make own. Enjoy!

Free Blank Cleaning Schedule You Can Customize

Dry erase pockets and dry erase markers
Colorful dry erase pockets and dry erase markers to protect the cleaning schedules

Trick: If you would like to do a monthly schedule you can just tape them together so you can flip it to the other side! 

 

Technique: Let’s get Motivated! Getting yourself into the right mindset is half the battle. Try these motivation boosting techniques to get you pumped and ready to go.

Music: Music can really get me going. I love listening to something that pumps me up and jumping into housework feet first. So create a playlist with some of your most motivating jams and put it on anytime you need to clean the house. Turn it into a dance party and burn some extra calories. 

Routine: This is why I think a personalized cleaning schedule is so important. Once you get into a rhythm it practically becomes second nature and you’re more likely to keep to a routine if it’s tailored to your needs. 

Reward Yourself: Is there a show on TV you’re dying to watch? Or maybe you have some new bath bombs you want to try out? Just tell yourself you need to finish today’s checklist and you can treat yourself to something special 

Go easy on yourself: No one can be perfect and no one can keep a perfect house. Especially if you have kids or work long hours. Ask for help if you get too far behind.

Be Realistic: Try not to overwhelm your schedule so you feel like you’re constantly cleaning. The goal is to do a little bit as you go throughout the week so the big weekly cleaning isn’t too bad. If you accidentally fall behind in the week don’t become overwhelmed and give up on the schedule.

Make it fun: Turn each chore into a challenge. See how quickly you can complete each task and try to beat your time. Just make sure you’re not skipping areas and cheating.  

Turn of distractions: Keep the music on but put down your phone. Keep it in a different room if its a huge distraction.  You can’t get the job done if you keep taking breaks. Which brings me to my next tip.

Don’t take breaks. Once you get the momentum going keep it up! I don’t know about you but once I sit down that’s all that’s getting done. Try and keep going until your daily chores are done. 

Do a little every day: If you leave all your chores till the end of the week you will have too much to do and become easily overwhelmed. The trick to keeping your house looking and feeling nice is to do a little as you go. If you’re new to cleaning than start with one or two chores or a 10-15 minute schedule.