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The key to keeping house cleaning from overrunning your family life is to create a plan consistent with your housecleaning philosophy and stick to it. As with any new plan or change there will be bumps along the way, so don’t be afraid to fine tune it as you go along or change it as your family schedule changes.
Begin by making a master list of all your house cleaning chores. After you have made your master list, go through the list and indicate whether they should be done on a weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, quarterly, semi-annually, or annually time basis.
After you have your master list complete, go through and clean it up by writing it on a house cleaning schedule. You can use one of ours, create your own to suit your own tastes and style, or try using the Weekly Household Planner to help you get started and organized.
House Cleaning Schedule – PDF Format
House Cleaning Schedule - Google Docs
Also, be sure to add the chores to your daily routines.
Get the entire family involved in the house cleaning by assigning age appropriate chores to kids and consider paying them a weekly allowance.
Avoid adding a lot of cleaning to the days when you have a lot of appointments or errands.
Keep it flexible and be willing to move things around a bit to fit in last minute requests from the kids or work or the school.
Don’t save everything for one day of the week. Do a little bit every day so that you don’t become overwhelmed. It is much easier to find a free 30 minutes here or there rather than a 2 or 3 hour block of time to clean the house.