Thursday, August 21, 2014

How A Cleaning Schedule Saved My Sanity

Before having a baby, my house was in order 24/7. James and I cleaned every Thursday night. Things were always in their place. No laundry was scattered here or there. Dishes were always washed, dried and put away promptly after each meal. 

Then we had Connor in October 2012. Followed by a move from Ohio to Texas to a home that was close to 1,000 square feet bigger than our previous home in Dayton. Between all. the. stuff. a child needs/has and a much larger house, I've spent the last year and a half attempting to keep our home in order. With very little luck.

I'm not as OCD as I once was. You can't be with a toddler who is much like the Tasmanian Devil when it comes to leaving a path of destruction in any and every room he enters. However, I still need our home to be in order and have tried every way I can think of to do so. With trail and error, I've discovered that a cleaning scheduled is the only way that our home is going to be in order.


I've found that if I break up the housework into smaller sections (read: tasks that take less time) that I am able to knock out those chores for the day within 1-2 hours. This time is totally manageable when Connor is either playing in his play room or napping. While the idea of sweeping or mopping every day seems daunting, it's not for me. We track in a lot dirt from coming and going to the park as often as we do and we have a cat and a dog. But since I'm only doing one or two rooms at a time, it's a quick sweep/mop job and I'm done for the day.


Overall, a cleaning schedule helps. I don't feel so overwhelmed and the house is (mostly) clean. How do you manage to keep your home together? Do you have a cleaning schedule you stick to or do you just clean what you can, when you can? Or are you one of the lucky ones with a cleaning lady?

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  1. breaking down cleaning is the best way to go (I think!)! I used to divide my sweeping/mopping into half since we had a two story house (which also helped keep upstairs cleaner) but I like your by room approach.

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    1. This works for us. I know what needs to be done and just knock it out.

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  2. I wish I had a cleaning lady! I think your breaking down is a fantastic idea. I wish I could get into a regular cleaning routine! unfortunately our house doesn't get cleaned as much as it should. :/

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    1. Working full time doesn't help I'm sure, right?

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  3. I need to do this. When I clean it's an all-or-nothing type deal. And, cleaning the entire house all at once is SO daunting (pre-Marcus, not a big deal).

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    1. Before baby, everything was on point. Nowadays? Not so much.

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  4. This is a great schedule! I've never thought about doing a couple of rooms a day. I usually do laundry on Monday, floors on Tuesday, dust on Wednesday etc.

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    1. If that works for you, then awesome! I think it takes a lot of though to find the right approach.

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  5. I have also found that I just can't do it all in one day any more. And if I do something gets neglected so I can and I don't want that to be the kids. I haven't started a cleaning schedule yet. but I really should just to make sure it is all actually getting done. Maybe I will give it a try.

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    1. It might take a few revisions but it's totally the way to go. Give it a shot and let me know what you come up with?

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  6. Hmmm I may have to steal that scheduling idea!

    Alex - Funky Jungle

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  7. I stick to a schedule for a while and then I rebel and have to re-implement it when I've calmed down! I prefer constant maintenance rather than "cleaning" then the jobs are so little that they don't seem so boring!

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    1. That's what this schedule does for me. If I let things go for too long, I have a huge cleaning project.

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  8. I need to do better about cleaning every day. Thanks for the breakfown

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    1. Even if you do light cleaning everyday, you'll find that it makes deep cleaning so much easier.

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  9. I also use a cleaning schedule to make sure I get the house clean. I have no kids and I'm basically a housewife so there's no excuse for a dirty house. However, I've never been very OCD about neatness or a very domestic person. However, the schedule helps me make sure I don't live in a pigsty, despite my husband's best efforts. ;) Thanks for sharing yours, it's a great reference!

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    1. I'm OCD as it gets so... yeah, I'm all about a schedule and keeping things in order.

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  10. I've started with cleaning schedules a million times and just can't keep at it.

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    1. It's the only way I can get anything accomplished.

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  11. I love this! Whenever I stick to a cleaning schedule life is happier. When we're in Portland, my fiance and I live in a teeny tiny apartment, but we still can't keep up because we work so much! This is very helpful.

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    1. It's helped up so much. I am so less stressed about what needs to be done.

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  12. I wish I could stick to something like this but I think it'd be impossible with my little one. Do you really do two loads of laundry a day?! We do ours on a Wednesday and Sunday :)

    Fiona @ www.dollydowsie.com

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    1. I do. I hate having a laundry day. I also try to wash Connor's clothes often so stains don't set in.

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  13. You have a good schedule. I should try this so I'm less overwhelmed

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  14. I have a schedule too! Seriously soooo helpful!! I love yours. www.redeemingtheday.com

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    1. Thank you! It took a few trial and errors but I think I have it figured out now.

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  15. Great idea to split it into smaller pieces. Your house must be in a perfect condition!

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    1. Right now, it's a mess but that's what happens when you spend the whole day in with a little one.

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