Cleanliness is a Virtue
One thing that I’ve always wanted to be was a tidy person. I love the idea of a clean home that is as inviting as it is lovely. Unfortunately, the reality for me is far from that fantasy. I’m a horrible housekeeper. It’s just never been something I excel at, and this trait has frustrated me for a long time. So I decided to tackle it by creating the ultimate cleaning calendar to keep me on track!
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Creating a Cleaning Calendar
A cleaning calendar is basically just a cleaning schedule. It is a structure that you can put into place that tells you what chore you should do on what day for an optimal cleaning routine. The reason a cleaning calendar is so useful is that if you follow it, you shouldn’t ever really have to do a panicked deep clean when people are coming over. Instead, you can complete your daily chore and maintain a beautiful home relatively stress-free. Let me walk you through how I set up my cleaning calendar.
There are a few simple chores that can be done on a daily basis to help keep the whole home looking tidy and clean. For me, I divided these chores into morning and evening. During my morning routine, I want to habitually make the bed because it can seriously make the bedroom look 10x more put together. I also want to spend 10-15 minutes every morning just picking up the random stuff that tends to get messy or out of place, like throwing laundry in the hamper or putting papers in their appropriate organizers.
In the evening, I want to do the dishes and wipe down the kitchen counters. Nobody likes waking up to dirty dishes in the sink, and ever since we moved to the new apartment with a tiny kitchen, it’s more important than ever.
The next step of the cleaning calendar is the weekly chore. This section is where I assign certain chores to each day of the week (except Saturday). The chores range from laundry to cleaning the bathroom to vacuuming. The final day, Friday, is simply designated as a catch-up day in case the week went off the rails – which I anticipate will happen quite a lot.
I also have one day a week that is set aside for my monthly chore, which will vary week by week. I want to try and keep Saturday as a sacred no-clean day so I can wear sweats and be lazy. After all, everyone needs that every once in a while!
In my monthly section of my cleaning calendar, I have four assignments for the four weeks in a month. These chores need to be completed on a regular basis but don’t need as much regular attention as the weekly chores. For example, I have “wipe down appliances” for the first week of the month. This is basically where I clean out the inside of the microwave, so it doesn’t become gross, and I wipe any grease off the stove that may have accumulated.
I also wrote dust as a monthly chore instead of a weekly chore. While I could certainly benefit from dusting once a week, I know myself well enough to know that ain’t happening. So instead of trying to fit myself into a cleaning calendar that I know I won’t follow, I decided to create the schedule with my own limitations in mind. And, just like the weekly section, one of the monthly chores is set aside for a yearly chore.
The final section of my cleaning calendar is my yearly chores. These tasks are bigger and more time consuming but do eventually need to be dealt with. For example, I have “clean out car” as one of the tasks and “organize storage closet” for another. These are tasks that need to be addressed but are hard to find the time for. I hope that having them scheduled ahead of time will make it easier to tackle these much-needed projects when the time comes.
Something to Remember
If you want to make yourself a cleaning calendar, then there are a few things you can swap out with the chores I have listed to better fit your needs. I live in an apartment, so I have no garage, storage shed, garden, or yard to maintain. If you live in a house with an outdoor space, you’ll probably want to create your chores with that in mind! Mowing, cleaning out the garage, and taking care of outdoor appliances like a lawn mower are all things to remember as you create your cleaning calendar.
The End Goal
I don’t expect this cleaning calendar to change my life. I will not become a cleaning guru in a few days because of a few pieces of paper. However, I am trying to set myself up for success by creating a structure that I can operate around. Just like anything else, cleaning is a habit that needs to be grown, nurtured, and maintained to achieve victory. I have a long way to go before I have an effortlessly clean home, but I’m remembering my mantra as I look at my cleaning calendar – slow and steady. Every step I take is progress, and hopefully, in a year’s time I’ll have some positive cleaning habits in place and I won’t sweat bullets when we invite friends over. After all, isn’t that all a girl can ask for?
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