Life gets busy, which means it can become difficult to remember the last time you cleaned the house and stay on top of your regular chores. It’s important to set up a cleaning schedule for your home that will help you keep better track of when you last changed the sheets, washed the towels, cleaned the oven, etc. Scheduling chores and making note of when different cleaning tasks are completed will help you be more efficient and less chained to your home every day for unscheduled chores. A professional cleaning company can be a welcome addition to your cleaning schedule and help leave your home smelling fresh and feeling great.
Let’s learn more about why you should create a cleaning schedule for your home and how to do it.
Why make a cleaning schedule?
If you currently find yourself overwhelmed by cleaning your home, here are a few questions you should ask yourself before you start creating a new cleaning schedule to fit your lifestyle:
- Do you feel overwhelmed?
- Do you feel like you just can’t catch up and housecleaning is neverending?
- Do you feel inefficient in the completion of your cleaning tasks?
Housework is one of those things that will always be there, but rather than letting it control you, a cleaning schedule helps you TAKE control back. While it may seem like it’s more effort to create a schedule, it actually means you can design it around your own schedule and what works for you.
For instance, if you know you like to do yoga on Sunday mornings, then don’t schedule cleaning time during your yoga session. With a schedule, certain cleaning activities will be planned for certain times, which means things get checked off the list on a daily basis. This way you can enjoy the activities you love guilt-free, and don’t feel like you should be cleaning instead.
How to set up a cleaning schedule
To create a cleaning schedule, it’s important to outline first what needs to be done in your home. This is different for everybody depending on your furnishings, your appliances, whether you have carpet or hardwood, whether or not you have pets, etc. For example, some people may have a self-cleaning oven (lucky!) that they just need to remember to turn on at a set time when the oven isn’t in use, while others need to build a regular schedule of how often to clean their oven.
Actually taking the time to think about the jobs that regularly need to get done is more efficient than being reactive to what’s around you. For instance, you may not notice how dirty your baseboards are getting until it’s been several months and you can’t remember when they were last cleaned. Without a list, it’s easy for some smaller, yet still important, tasks to get missed.
Once you have your list, identify how often each item needs to be cleaned. Wiping down surfaces in the kitchen and bathroom may be a more daily task, while changing out towels and cleaning the shower may be a weekly task. Descaling a showerhead may be done monthly, and carpet cleaning and window washing may be twice-yearly tasks.
From here, separate and group tasks according to that frequency. What needs to be done daily, weekly, biweekly, monthly, seasonally or annually? This will help give you an idea of what you will need to do on a daily and weekly basis, and plan ahead for those bigger jobs that are done less frequently. Note that there is no wrong way to go about this — depending on your household, especially whether or not you have kids, some things may not need to be cleaned as frequently as in other households.
Lastly, it’s important to evaluate when you have time in your day to schedule these tasks according to their frequency. If you have other adults in your household or older children, you can also think about delegating tasks to them at times that work for their schedules.
Once you have all this in hand, create a schedule that ideally covers a four-week period of housecleaning for your home, based on your available time and the frequency of each task.
Incorporate a professional into your cleaning schedule
Depending on your needs, this may still seem overwhelming to build into your life, or you may just want help to get that extra deep clean. Professional cleaning companies like Dust Queen can send our technicians into your home on a weekly, bi-weekly, monthly or one-time basis depending on your needs and budget. This visit can help you spread out smaller tasks throughout the week, like tidying up clothes or wiping down surfaces, and save the bulk of the cleaning and the bigger deep-cleaning tasks for when the cleaning technicians arrive. You will get to discuss your needs with one of Dust Queen’s Happiness Team members to figure out what type of schedule will work best for you, and any special considerations they’ll need to know about your home.
Rest assured that by creating a cleaning schedule and getting occasional or regular help from the professionals will help take care of your feelings of overwhelm and help you get time back to spend doing the things you love. Dust Queen has been a leader in the cleaning industry since 1989 and our residential cleaning system has been perfected for every home over these last 30+ years. Get your free online quote from Dust Queen today to see how our services can help you complete the perfect cleaning schedule.