With a “Type A” personality, clutter, disorganization, and a messy house give me anxiety. I crave order, routine, and cleanliness. To stay sane, all cleaning needs to be done … giving me a peaceful home in which to care for my family.
Tips for Staying Organized with a Cleaning Schedule
Create a schedule for cleaning and other household duties: this is the essential first step to organizing your cleaning and ensuring everything gets done. By spreading your chores and tasks out over the week, you’ll be able to spend a little time each day accomplishing something and won’t ever feel like there’s too much to do or the entire house is a mess.
Balance is KEY: balance your scheduled tasks by time so each day’s work is even each day. Or, if you have days that are busier than others, you can adjust your schedule — maybe doing less on those days and more on others to compensate. It’s a delicate balancing act and what works for me might not work for you.
Some tasks should be done each day for an overall clean and orderly house.
- By cleaning the kitchen after each meal, you spend a little bit of time giving your kitchen the illusion of it being clean while avoiding caked on grease, bugs, or a stinky house.
- Making your bed every day will automatically create the appearance of your room being tidy, even if the rest of your room might need some work.
Don’t overlook the infrequent jobs: tasks such as cleaning the windows or baseboards, which are typically done less frequently, should also be added to your schedule so that they’re not overlooked.
Don’t take it all on at once. By spreading the big chores you perform monthly, quarterly, or annually out across the year, you avoid the pressure of having to spring clean because everything is already done.
Do you have a cleaning schedule or does doing all the cleaning on one day work for you?
Kelly blogs at Texas Type A Mom and writes about parenting, homemade recipes, reviews, and living a green life in Texas.