My Cleaning Chart (Free Printable!)
Now that I have a toddler, keeping the house clean is a bit harder than it once was. Not only is it more difficult to find time to clean, I usually have a little one undoing things as quickly as I can tidy up!
I’ve dealt with this in two ways: first, I have lowered my standards some. No, I haven’t given into the chaos entirely, but I have come to terms with the fact that my house will not be spotless for the next couple of years. While I will continue to regularly do dishes and take out the trash, I wont constantly freak out that the couch pillows have been thrown around the room or that the laundry has been folded but I have yet to put it away.
Second, I’ve made a Cleaning Chart to help us ALL focus on keeping the house at a relatively clean state. This serves two purposes in our family. It helps me know what I need to focus on each day (Monday means cleaning the kitchen, the toothpaste in the bathroom sink can wait if needed) and it helps the rest of the family know what they can do to help pitch in and HOW I would like each task done. More on that later.
The Cleaning Chart is designed to fit on a 11×14 sheet. Some places will print it off in on a 11×17 sheet, so you may have to do some trimming. I put it into a 11×14 photo frame so I can check chores off with a dry erase marker as I complete them. Plus, it looks a little nicer than paper simply taped to the wall.
(if you are having difficulty downloading or printing the image, please contact me to let me know)
The Cleaning Chart printable is fairly self explanatory. It operates on a weekly rotation. Each day I have a different focus. Monday is the kitchen, Tuesday is the bathrooms, so on and so on. There are a few things I do daily so they are in the “Everyday” box to keep things looking fairly presentable in between their focus days. I’ve talked about the 15-minute clean up before; set a timer and clean non-stop for 15 minutes. This little trick is amazing because you’d be surprised how much you can really clean in just a few minutes. Occasionally, hubby and I have a competition to see who can clean the most during that time.
Each weekend of the month, I have a special chore as well. This might be an organizational project such as organizing our clothing closet and donating excess, or a home improvement project such as muddling and taping the dry wall in the garage (this weekend’s chore). I also have a “Yearly” chore the first weekend of the month to help remind me to do those things that aren’t always so easy to remember, such as changing the air filter.
Finally, I have scheduled rest times. Notice how I don’t have ANYTHING for Sunday, I don’t even have a box for it. That’s because I have better things to focus on that day, namely my family. The dishes can wait. Also, the last Saturday of each month is a “rest weekend” after the outdoor chores so we can schedule something fun there instead. Maybe a trip to the kids museum, or a random road trip for the most delicious bagel sandwiches I’ve ever encountered. The occasional 5th Saturday can also be considered a rest day. If needed, we can use our rest day as a make up day.
Finally, you’ll notice two extra blank spots on the Cleaning Chart. The first blank spot under the “Yearly” box is to write a reminder if there is anything out of the ordinary that needs to be done. Maybe you ran out of vinegar or need to replace some weather strip under the back door. Second, the open area on the lower right is for chore cards. I’ll be covering these next week, but they are a great way to help your family know exactly how to do each chore, including what cleaners to use.
I placed my Cleaning Chart in the developing “command center” that is located dead center on our lower floor. It also has our family calendar and I have a few more helpful aids in mind. We’ve been able to use this chart for a little while and it has really helped me focus my efforts. Like all organizational systems, it will evolve and change, but for the time being, this is perfect for our little family. Even my little guys is learning to help out a bit. His favorite tasks currently is helping spot clean the floors (scrubbing with a rag) and sorting laundry.
I want to hear from you!
- Do you have a cleaning chart? Where do you keep it in your home?
- Do you work on a weekly, daily, or monthly schedule (or something in between?)
- How have you encouraged your family to help with the cleaning and organizing tasks?
- What is the one household chore you hate? Any you love?