Finally, I got tired of spending every Saturday cleaning house. Who wants to spend their day off every week doing menial, life-sucking chores?
I found a way to get my weekend back out of the clutches of the wash, rinse, repeat cycle.
First, a little about me and my cleaning style. When it comes to cleaning my place, I have three conditions I must meet.
- Standards that run middle-of-the-road (not too high, not too low)
Let’s get straight to the point: I don’t love housecleaning. However, I hate living in clutter and filth. So, I’ve devised ways and methods through the years to attempt at making it as painless as possible.
Instead of giving my Saturday away, I worked up a daily schedule. By spending a half hour each day, I can get the majority done. I’ve also learned a few hacks along the way.
One way to seriously save some time is to consider adding a robot vacuum to the family. One of the best purchases I’ve ever made! Love this thing! I run it every single morning while I am busy getting ready. It will run for one and a half to two hours before returning to its charger. Since owning it, I don’t have to vacuum or sweep anymore. ????
Another strategy I’ve implemented is by only having one load of laundry to do each week. I’ve eliminated white linens and most white clothing items so I only have a load of colors to wash. Everything goes in together: linens, towels, jeans, t-shirts, and underwear. Possibly once a month I will have an extra load if I want to launder small rugs, extra towels or throw blankets.
Here’s how I broke everything down. I put together a schedule I follow each week. I devote 30 minutes to that day’s tasks. Based on the situation or layout of your house, this schedule could be a good starting point for you.
You’ll notice I only do floors on one specific day of the week — with the exception of the bathroom day. You may feel a room isn’t completely clean if the floors aren’t cleaned at the same time. And although that is true, I find the robovac does a great job of keeping the floors crumb, dust and pet hair free. I then devote one day to mopping the floors.
It took several weeks for me to get it just right. So don’t feel you have to set up a routine and make it so rigid that if you miss a day the whole thing falls apart. Somedays I will switch days around if needed, or combine two days into one if I’m not feeling well. Remember, we’re not striving for perfection here.
Mondays — Pick up, put things where they belong, hang up clothing, etc.
I like to go through the entire house on Mondays and tidy up. No cleaning or wiping. Just hanging up loose or errant clothing, picking up dog toys and throw pillows off the floor, and putting things back where they belong.
For me, this is a great way to start the week.
Tuesdays — Bathrooms
I have two full bathrooms and thirty minutes is just enough time for me to get them clean. I spray my cleaner of choice in the toilet, sink, and tub and let them have a few minutes before I actually clean them. Then, I quickly feather dust the items in the room, wipe the mirrors and countertop. Next, I wipe down the sink, clean the toilet and tub (each with different implements, of course ????). Lastly, I shake out the rugs, sweep and/or mop the floor.
I suggest turning on some motivating music for bathroom day.
Wednesdays — Kitchen
I have to admit Wednesdays aren’t the only day I tackle the kitchen. I use my kitchen a LOT. With that much traffic and action, I have to wipe the countertops, stove and sink daily.
I devote Wednesdays to focus on everything else going on in there. I remove as much clutter as possible from the counters. All of the appliances get cleaned inside and out, along with a wipe-down of the kitchen table and chairs. If I have time, I’ll also wipe down the fronts of the cabinets and drawers.
Thursdays — Living room/den/great room
The room with the sofa and television. Whatever you may call it, that’s what Thursdays are for.
I go through and fluff the throw pillows, shake out and refold the throw blankets, and flip the sofa cushions. Dusting and wiping the glass and remotes is next and finishing off by putting things back where they belong.
Fridays — Mop the floors
My place has hardwood flooring on the entire first level. I do use area rugs in each room that cover a great deal of the floor. While the robovac runs every day, this is the day I attack the floors with my Swiffer mop.
I start in the kitchen and work my way to the main entry and hallway. Next is the dining and living room (which are mostly covered by large area rugs). The bedroom and laundry area are last. Phew!
Saturdays — Bedrooms and laundry day
I have three bedrooms but only two are used on a regular basis. Depending on how much cleaning they need, I will spend some time dusting, wiping and cleaning glass, changing linens and such.
Saturday is my day off and I tend to get distracted by special projects, such as decluttering my nightstand drawer or cleaning out my closet. I give myself less structure since I’m not as rushed as I am Monday through Friday.
While I’m cleaning the bedrooms, I start my load of laundry and will hopefully extract all of it from either the washer or dryer at some point during the day.
What a week!
As I stated earlier, this schedule isn’t foolproof or any guarantee I’ll have a spotless house by Saturday evening. It does give me more of my day off to do other things, even if it’s decluttering my nightstand or cleaning out the garage.
With this strategy, I know the grunge work is done. This schedule covers all the basics. If I choose to focus and drill down on one specific area such as my junk drawer or garage, then I know I can do that on my day off and not sacrifice having a clean house for it.
I hope I’ve given you some ideas you can use. Everyone’s cleaning styles and standards are different. If your standards of quality are high, you’ll more than likely need to devote more than 30 minutes each day. On the flip side, if you live in a small apartment, you can probably knock the entire place out in just a couple of hours once a week.
In this season of life I currently find myself in, I have a lot to get done each day. When it’s time to get busy, I need to be super-focused and highly efficient. This cleaning schedule does exactly that for me.
Thank you for allowing me to share another post on how I get things done and live this life of mine. Let me know if you have any questions at all and feel free to share your ideas in the comments.