A Busy Mom Cleaning Schedule That Works
Inside: Get, and keep, your house clean with this fantastic cleaning schedule. Whether you are looking for a working mom cleaning schedule to do in the evening or something to fit into your schedule as a stay at home mom, this cleaning schedule works!
A few years ago, I was out in my backyard playing with my daughter and I overheard my mom talking with my mother-in-law. They were in the kitchen making lunch, I think, and they must have been trying to clean off the counter to make some prep space. The conversation went like this:
Mom: Now, where do you think this is supposed to do?
MIL: I have no idea. It’s hard to know around here.
Mom: I know, when I go to my son’s house, it’s like everything has a place. And then I come here, and it’s like nothing has a place.
Ok, I am admittedly not the neatest person. And neither is my husband. And we always struggle with having enough storage to keep our stuff put away. But, I mean, c’mon Mom, nothing has a place? Maybe a tad over exaggeration!
I have made strides in the past year to really keeping the house cleaner and more organized. It’s not perfect, but it’s a lot better.
One thing I noticed once my house became a little more organized was that it is easier to clean.
But, I put cleaning in the same category as anchovies.
I mean, yuck.
I don’t ever really want to clean.
And setting aside a cleaning day?
Fuh-get about it.
The thought of spending the majority of an entire day cleaning just zaps my motivation before I even get started! I have three young kids and we homeschool.
Cleaning all day? #aintnobodygottimeforthat
I wanted to find a way to keep my house clean that was quick and effective. Was that asking too much?
Well, apparently not, because….I found it!
Are you ready to get your house clean without spending a whole day cleaning? Let me show you the magic that is Burst Cleaning. (I came up with that on my own, fun name, don’t ya think?!)
Here is a way to keep your house clean when you are really busy. So, like, everyday as a Mom!
Whether you are looking for a working mom cleaning schedule or a cleaning schedule that will fit into your stay at home mom schedule….I’ve got you covered!
The Easier Way to a Clean House
When you think about all the tasks that go into keeping a house clean, it can be overwhelming. But, if you break it down into smaller tasks, it becomes quite manageable.
That’s what I did and I call it Burst Cleaning.
Burst Cleaning is just that: clean in short bursts every day.
Choose, say, 3 tasks that take about 10 minutes each and spread them out throughout your day (or evening if you want to do it during the week).
You will not get overwhelmed.
You will not get tired of cleaning.
You will have a cleaner house.
You will feel like you accomplished something.
To get you started, here is a list of common cleaning tasks that about 10 minutes or less:
- Clean the toilet
- Wipe the bathroom counter
- Clean the bathroom mirrors
- Vacuum a room (or 2 or 3)
- Empty the dishwasher
- Dust a room
- Pick up the toys in one room
- Load the dishwasher
- Put clothes in the washing machine
- Fold a basket of laundry
- Sweep the kitchen floor
- Take out old food from fridge and throw it away
- Clear off a cluttered kitchen counter
- Put folded clothes away
- Chop veggies or meat for dinners later in the week
- Change the sheets on a bed (and put the dirty ones in the wash)
- Wipe out meat/veggie drawers in fridge
- Wipe down two shelves in the fridge
- Clean front of dishwasher/oven/cabinets
- Vacuum couches in the living room
- Clean out trash from your car
- Clean out your purse
- Clear and wipe down the kitchen table
- Clean a bathtub/shower
- Dust a ceiling fan or two
- Wipe down the stove top
- Organize the junk drawer
- Straighten the shoe rack
- Fold clothes in one drawer
- Organize a closet
This list is certainly not exhaustive, but you get the idea. Want that in a handy one-page printout? Of course you do! Get it here!
The First Step to Keeping a Clean House
Now that you know you’re going to clean in ten or fifteen minute blocks, you’ve got to decide what you’re going to clean.
I’ve created another handy printable to help with this step. You can grab it here.
When you look at your house, you might feel overwhelmed to think about how you are going to keep an entire house clean. But, we aren’t going to focus on that right yet. We are just going to look at one room.
So, pick a room.
Now, go to that room. (take that handy printable with you.)
Look at the room and write down the individual tasks it would take to get that room clean. For example, I might write this for the master bedroom:
pick up floor
dust ceiling fan
Now, you’ve got a list of 10 minute tasks you can do to clean that room.
Go ahead and repeat that process for each room in your house.
I like to group common tasks together for different rooms. Say I’m going to dust the master bedroom. Well, it doesn’t take ten minutes with these cloths, so I can go ahead and dust the other rooms nearby in the same ten minute block. Make sense?
Setting Your Cleaning Schedule
So, now you’ve got a huge big list of cleaning tasks, but how should you organize it to actually keep your house clean?
Here is how I do it. You can use this daily cleaning schedule or just use it as a jumping off point to create one that works for you.
Monday: vacuum living room and bedrooms (we live in a ranch house), dust, pick up one room of toys
Tuesday: Clean toilets, pick up a room of toys, sweep
Wednesday: Clean shower/bathtub, clean off kitchen counters, clean bathroom counters and mirrors
Thursday: sweep, clean out old food in fridge, wipe down fridge shelves
Friday: pick up one room of toys, clear off kitchen counters, organize homeschool area
I don’t have a cleaning schedule for the weekend because I like to keep it flexible for family time.
I try to keep it to three items per day because that gives me time to add in a load of laundry if I need to or take care of something that comes up.
Now, Surya, how do you remember what to clean when?
I’m so glad you asked…..
My Favorite Cleaning Tip for Busy Moms
Being a mom is crazy. We are so busy we can’t even remember why we walked in the kitchen! How are we supposed to keep a house clean?!
Well, are you reading this on your phone? Or is it close by?
Phones can be a problem when we use them too much, but they can also be a really helpful tool when you want to do things at certain times, but don’t want to spend the extra brain power to remember to do them.
I create events on my phone calendar and set alerts to repeat on specific intervals.
For example, I vacuum Monday afternoons, so I created a calendar even for Monday at 3pm that says ‘vacuum’. I set it to repeat weekly and voila! I don’t have to remember to vacuum, I just get reminded when to do it.
It took me about 5-10 minutes to set up the initial events in my phone, but now they just work on autopilot and I LOVE IT!
Enlisting your phone to help is a great way to help you keep your house clean.
Don’t Do It Alone
Now, last I checked I wasn’t a maid, and neither are you. So, don’t feel like you have to do all of these ten minute tasks all by your lonesome.
If you are reading this post, it’s because you have a house full of people that you are taking care of and looking after…get them to help you clean!
Your spouse, obviously, can help with tasks. My husband does his own laundry and helps in the kitchen a good bit. If you want your husband to help more, just ask him. Most men are willing to help, they just don’t realize we need or want help around the house. So, just ask.
And don’t forget the kids! Even my two-year old helps clean. She can use a dusting cloth or a kid-friendly cleaning wipe like nobody’s business.
My girls (ages 7 and under) help with things like: cleaning the toilets, bathroom mirrors and counters, picking up toys, clearing off counters, and dusting.
If your kids aren’t helping keep the house clean, then they need to start! It might take a few times for them to realize that, yes, they actually are going to have to help, but they’ll get there. Just keep at it.
I find music is a great motivator to get kids cleaning. You can read more about that here.
What Are You Waiting For?
I hope you’ve found this way of keeping your house clean to be simple and effective. I know your time is limited and you need something that is flexible and works in your busy schedule. Burst Cleaning has been a lifesaver for me – helping me go from feeling overwhelmed with all the cleaning I need to do to feeling like I can actually manage it!
I hope it does that same for you.
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