I’m not one of those people whose home is always clean. I often hide my mess in a closet before visitors come (or before snapping photos for the blog). I feel agitated and unsettled when the house is in disarray, but I don’t seem to have the natural inclination to clean that some people have. I guess I’m a messy neat freak. I’ve been holding off on this post, because I’m a little embarrassed… I finished my cleaning schedule (a goal from my 28 by 29 list) and the results are beyond nerdy. I divided our home into zones and made a color coded chart.
I started with this cleaning schedule over on Apartment Therapy. The general idea is that if you spend 20 minutes a day cleaning, your home will stay fairly neat all the time. That makes sense, right? Their schedule didn’t work for me, but I liked how they split tasks into surface cleaning vs deep cleaning, and I love the 20 minute time limit—so I worked from there. (Oh my gosh, I can’t believe I’m explaining this in such detail. Feel free to make fun of me in the comments. I totally deserve it.)
Here’s how my four week cleaning schedule works. I divided our home into four zones (maximum one bathroom per zone). Each zone gets surface cleaned once a week. Surface cleaning includes picking up stray items, dusting, vacuuming, wiping down surfaces, etc… Each zone gets deep cleaned once a month. Deep cleaning includes mopping, cleaning windows, baseboards, kitchen cabinets, shower/tub tile, etc… I set a timer for 20 minutes each day and clean as fast as I can. I stop when the timer goes off, even if I haven’t finished. I’ll get whatever I missed next time around. If I miss a day, I cross it off the chart anyway—it’s good for my morale. I gave myself the weekends off, since I usually end up doing yard work then. Overall it has been a lot cleaner around here lately!
On the off chance that any of you are weird like me and find the idea of a cleaning schedule intriguing—here’s a pdf of my cleaning schedule. You can print it out and write in the rooms you want to include in each zone at the bottom. Let me know if it works for you too!