I developed a consistent cleaning schedule more than 12 years ago when I had infant twins and needed to figure out how to clean enough. Without a schedule, whenever there was a calm moment, I thought “should I be vacuuming or something?!” After I created a schedule, I could do my daily task, and then when a quiet moment came, I could think about other things. I felt like giving boundaries to the cleaning gave me more time for myself.
A cleaning routine has been so helpful for me that I’ve shared a lot of different versions with you through the years.
Truthfully, it has always been hard to post them knowing that the tasks on certain days won’t work for everyone. Like, do I include kid stuff or not? I know a lot of my readers have children at home, but I know a lot of you don’t have children living at home. Or, what if a different day works better for vacuuming for you? I’ve tried to post good routines that will help most people, but I know that you may not be most people … so I’m very excited to announce that I have a PDF version that is EDITABLE!!
The Clean Routine Printable
The highlighted areas are editable in a PDF Viewer like Adobe Acrobat or Preview (you may have problems trying to edit from your Internet browser), though these highlighted sections will print white.
And if you’re curious – this is my personal schedule. I include laundry, cleaning, and home management tasks in my own schedule. It helps me balance out my schedule. I try to keep easier tasks on busier days, like Wednesdays for me.
More Helpful Printables ..
Another Printable that helps keep my household running are my kids chore lists. I’m very pleased that I am not the only one responsible for my clean house. My kids enjoy our clean home and I know they feel proud of being part of the reason for success (trust me, I let them make messes while they play!)
Tip: On Bathroom day (of the Clean Routine above^), I have different bathroom assignments that I spread onto different chore lists for my older girls. So, while I may clean my master bathroom, I assign my girls to each do different jobs like clean toilets, clean bathtubs, or clean sink/counter. On the day I deep clean my kitchen, someone will wipe appliances, sweep, mop, etc. The jobs are easy enough for them to do in 15 minutes or less during their chores, but also make my life easier that I’m not doing EVERYTHING myself. (I’m no martyr!)
I have multiple chore lists in my Kids Chore Bundle in my shop, but this one below is my favorite for my older girls. I’ve used the same chart for more than a few years without tweaking, which says a lot for me, because I’m always tweaking things. (There is a picture/ sticker chart in the bundle that I use for my 5 year old boy. This one is geared more towards kids who can read very comfortably.)
I recommend doing chore lists for kids in conjunction with a cleaning plan for the whole house. It just makes sense. The chore lists have been customizable for a while, and now I’m so glad to be able to share the new customizable Cleaning Routine Printable!! Get it now for FREE before I put it in the shop. 😉
FREE! Download the Laundry & Cleaning Routine *Editable* Printable. (For personal use only. Share this blog post if you have friends who could use this too.)
Also checkout the Kids Chore Bundle on sale in my shop!
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