If your house is like mine – crazy, chaotic, lived in, you could probably use some help getting it under control. You are tired, frazzled, and can’t remember the last time you changed the sheets. Oops! There has to be a better way, right? When I use a planner, I know it helps keep me on track and avoid missing important appointments, deadlines, or events. So I figured why wouldn’t it also help me keep my house in order? As a result, I created this simple free printable monthly cleaning schedule that gives a basic outline of daily duties.
I leave this household monthly cleaning schedule on my kitchen counter as part of my decor so I can always stay on top of my daily duties at home. It has saved my sanity and I hope it will do the same for you! Check out the tips below on why you need a monthly cleaning schedule in your life!
First, let’s look at what happens if you don’t have a cleaning schedule:
- Things get neglected so when you finally do have time to get to them; they take far longer than they should.
- You forget about some things and end up wasting money replacing them rather than maintaining them.
- You will tend to lose things right under your nose, thus wasting money buying duplicates of things you already own.
A cleaning schedule can eliminate virtually all of these things that will eventually happen if you don’t have one. Here are some other benefits of a cleaning schedule:
- You can get your family more involved in the cleaning and maintaining the process, especially if your cleaning schedule is visibly posted.
- Your home will mostly stay “company ready”. If you have unexpected guests, you will not have to worry too much other than some straightening up when they drop in.
- You can keep a mental (or even physical) inventory of what you have in your home. This includes keeping track of your pantry and fridge when it comes time to go grocery shopping and plan meals, but it also includes the ability to maintain track of clothing and toys that you no longer fit or use as well.
- There is no need to set aside days or hours to cleaning anymore if you implement a cleaning schedule. You just do a little each day, and it pretty much stays this way under normal circumstances in your home. Deep cleaning only needs to happen seasonally, if that, as well.
What does a cleaning schedule look like?
I follow one that I have written out on a calendar. Each day, there is a task to complete that helps maintain my home. Depending on the season, there may be some extra things added or taken away. Obviously, I won’t be watering outdoor plants in the dead of winter.
Now let’s take a look at how a How A Monthly Cleaning Schedule Can Save Your Sanity
It gives you immediate gratification
Scratching something off a list just feels so good. It motivates you to get a task done and move on to the next so you can cross it off too. Print out this free Monthly Cleaning Calendar, laminate it or store it in a picture frame, and use a dry erase marker to slash right through those chores.
It breaks tasks down into manageable bites
Sometimes when we look at all that needs to be done in our homes, it becomes overwhelming and often we just give up. In the end, we get nothing done and that’s not very productive. Keeping your monthly chores in small daily lists makes it more manageable. The end result is a clean home that you get to reap the benefits of!
It makes it easier to assign tasks
You didn’t create the mess on your own, so don’t do it alone! Assign tasks on a rotating basis to every capable member of your family. This is important if you work in or outside of the home. My husband is not likely to volunteer to help, but if I ask him to do one daily task, he is more than happy to oblige.
It gives you something to look forward to
Check out Saturday on the free printable calendar! At the end of the week, when your house is clean, you have family time as a reward for a job well done! This is a great time to do something fun like going to the movies or mall, enjoying a game of putt-putt golf or racing around the track on go-carts. There shouldn’t be any guilt for not spending your Saturday cleaning house at all. It’s all about having fun and being a family. You worked hard for this day…now take full advantage of it!
It allows for missed days
If you are faithful to your cleaning schedule most of the time, (like maybe follow the 80/20 diet rule) then you can miss a day here or there without the house falling apart or into total chaos. Having a regular routine means that missed days occasional can be easily caught up.
With a well-maintained cleaning schedule, you shouldn’t spend more than 30 minutes to an hour each day devoted to actual cleaning; however, there will be the day to day straightening that will occur. I like to straighten my home up and remove shoes, toys, papers and other things that tend to get left around the house during the day each evening. This only takes me about 10 minutes and allows me to start each day with a clean home.