29 Jun Creating a Cleaning Schedule (With Examples)
Whether it’s one of your goals to be more tidy, or you’re just in the spring cleaning mood, creating a cleaning schedule will help set you up for success.
Why You Need a Cleaning Schedule
A cleaning schedule helps you break down tasks so that you’re not doing them all at once. It also helps you to:
- avoid getting overwhelmed
- plan ahead for your cleaning tasks
- prevent the stress of cleaning before having guests
Decide What the Cleaning Schedule Looks Like for You
A cleaning schedule looks different for everyone depending on stage of life, preferred level of cleanliness, and the amount of time you want to allot to cleaning. Think about your priorities and commitment to cleanliness before you make your cleaning schedule so that you create one that you’re more likely to stick with.
These should ideally be the things that keep your household running smoothly and maintain its tidiness.
Daily tasks can be things like:
- Loading and starting the dishwasher
- Wiping sinks down after using them
- Putting dirty clothes in the hamper
- Making the bed
- Checking to see if the trash needs to be taken out and taking it out
These cleaning tasks are important but don’t generally require daily upkeep. Weekly chores should be the things that you need to do in order to maintain cleanliness but that you can get away with not doing every day.
Depending on your schedule, it may be easier to assign these chores to different days of the week or pick one day where you get all of them done.
Weekly chores could be things like:
- Cleaning hard surfaces like mirrors
- Cleaning bathtubs and toilets
- Sweeping or vacuuming
- Mopping or Swiftering
- Wiping the inside of the microwave
- Putting your garbage and recycling bins by the curb
Monthly housework should include the chores that are necessary to keep your home clean, but don’t need to happen very frequently. These chores tend to be a bit more intense or time-consuming.
Monthly cleaning tasks could include:
- Spot-cleaning walls, carpets and furniture
- Dusting air vents and ceiling fans
- Replacing air filters (may be less frequent, depending on the filter)
- Cleaning your dishwasher
- Wiping down baseboards
- Cleaning light fixtures
These cleaning activities are vital for home maintenance but can easily be forgotten if not written down. These tasks help ensure your home is in its best condition for years to come.
Seasonal housekeeping could include:
- Cleaning out gutters
- Power-washing your house and driveway
- Cleaning outdoor furniture
- Making sure the chimney is clean and cleared of debris
- Cleaning the outside of your windows
- Washing curtains and drapes
Using Artful Agenda for Your Cleaning Schedule
Artful Agenda’s List function is the perfect place to list out your daily, weekly, monthly and seasonal tasks. From there, you can assign each list item to certain days and create recurring tasks so they automatically show up on your daily to-do lists. Using these features will help make sure you don’t forget anything on your cleaning task list.
You can also use Artful Agenda’s Day view to schedule the time you want to spend doing cleaning activities each day. Create the perfect cleaning schedule using Artful Agenda. If you’re not already a user, start your free trial here.