Seize the broom! A Cleaning Schedule

I’m having a housework motivation problem. I like to think that I’m seizing the day etc, but then I have a filthy house after “seizing the day” for a whole month. All of a sudden its time to desperately seize a mop and a duster. Really, I have no excuse, I am home all day and, *spoiler alert* some days I’m not seizing much more than too many snacks.

My biggest problem by far is motivation. I am sure I am not the only one in this boat. The quickest way to lose my steam is to get overwhelmed by what I feel I have to get done or else I’m dropping the ball. I found this list this week on Apartment Therapy that I though I would try to keep me focused and balanced in my approach. “How to Clean your house in 20 Minutes a Day for 30 Days” – Reading through it I realized its pretty much exactly how my mother and grandmother keep their places so spotless, so maybe I am slow on the uptake but I love that I can post this list on my fridge and cross it off – talk about motivation! I love crossing things off lists!

So here it is:


1. Surface clean living room and kitchen (pick up stray items, dust, sweep, vacuum)

2. Clean bathrooms (toilets, showers, floors, walls, mirrors)

3. Surface clean bedrooms (put away toys, clothes, dust)

4. Surface clean “extra” rooms (basement, office, play room)

5. Surface clean living room and kitchen

6. Clean bathrooms

7. Clean all interior windows (white vinegar and newspaper works great and is cheap!)

8. Sweep and vacuum all floors in the house (don’t forget stairs)

9. Surface clean bedrooms

10. Deep clean living room (mirrors, baseboards, dust artwork)

11. Clean bathrooms

12. Clean out closets (hang up clothes, mittens, jackets, hats)

13. Surface clean “extra” rooms

14. Deep clean bedrooms (organize drawers, check under bed, tidy closet, dust artwork, fans, lights, mop)

15. Surface clean living room and kitchen

16. Deep clean bathrooms (clean inside drawers, inside of trash cans, tops of mirrors, tile, mop)

17. Clean all door knobs, phones, entertainment equipment (remote controls), switch plates, banisters and other things that are repeatedly touched.

18. Clean out the refrigerator, take stock of food, organize pantry

19. Clean entryway, sweep porch (if you have one), clean out car (because they’re often our home away from home)

20. Surface clean living room and kitchen

21. Surface clean bathrooms

22. Surface clean bedrooms

23. Sweep and vacuum all floors in the house

24. Clean linen closet, straighten towels, sheets or regular closet if not applicable

25. Surface clean living room and kitchen

26. Deep clean kitchen (scrub appliances, wash trash cans, base boards, wipe down and straighten cabinets)

27. Surface clean bathrooms

28. Surfaces clean bedrooms

29. Clean one item you’ve been meaning to get to and haven’t (deep clean your stove, wipe down all light fixtures, tackle a particularly unruly area)

30. Sweep and vacuum all floors in the house


To this list you can also add chores that are to be done monthly or quarterly. It’s easier to plan for larger tasks like steam cleaning a sofa or heavy traffic hallway, then it feels like part of the routine instead of that thing you keep putting off and dreading.

So what do you think? Doable? I think I can manage that. I think sticking to this list will balance keeping our home a comfortable and healthy environment for us and guests while not making it the primary focus of my day. If people stop by on a day I haven’t surface cleaned the dining room but I have been diligent in other areas, then if I’m bothered by it, it’s probably a pride issue I had to let go of anyways. All that said, I’ll probably always skip the days it tells me to wipe the baseboards ;)

What about you? What is your most hated house chore? What days are you going to skip off this list?


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