Okay, I’m giggling at the title already because there are some definite times where I stray from this schedule. But for the most part, as a homemaker, I have to implement a structure to our lives to have everything run smoothly. I have noticed that when I start getting lazy (which later translates into being overwhelmed by everything that piles up), my life gets that much more chaotic. Our children benefit from being on a set schedule (I mean, I benefit the most because it really saves my sanity), and so does our home.
The most important work you will ever do will be within the walls of your own home.
– Harold B. Lee
I firmly believe in Harold B. Lee’s words! Everything that we as Homemakers do rings loudly into the hearts and minds of our children. I want my little ones to live and breathe in a space that is filled with positivity and structure -not messy piles of laundry and the constant craziness that comes with clutter.
If you find that a schedule helps you stay on top of chores, then this post is for you! Here’s my weekly cleaning schedule:
Take Out Trash
“Quick” Pick Up
So for those of you who don’t already know, I am actually a nanny! I watch my son, as well as another sweet little boy, and my nephew. I send my oldest off to school, and have three little boys to chase around the house! We go through many dishes, and many diapers during the day. So that means there is a sink full of dishes and a trash can full of garbage to be taken care of every day. Our family also has two dogs that shed, so vacuuming in our house is essential! Especially with our white dog, Mack. I never thought white hair would be such a problem, but it shows up on everything!
And I say “quick” pick up, because cleaning up after four children is made up of either a dozen quick pick ups OR one not-so-quick pick up at the very end of the day.
Load of Laundry
Wipe Down Toys
Sweep + Mop
Dust + Polish
I have found that if I keep up with the laundry for at least three days out of the week, it flows pretty well. I can skip Friday and just pick up the schedule on Saturday, but I like to have laundry-free weekends ;). That way I can focus on making memories, and spend time with my husband while he is home.
I personally like to wipe down our children’s toys at least 3x a week, especially with my toddler being the age that he is. They really enjoy putting everything in their mouth!
P.S. With boys in the house, I could really clean the bathroom every day, but who has time for that? HA.
Clean Sink + Stove
Organize Mud Room
Because Max is 7 now, he helps with his own room, which is great because his room tends to be the messiest of all. Tues, Thursday, and Saturday are my more relaxed cleaning days – these chores I can do while I am going about my day.
Wash Bed Sheets
Tidy Kitchen Table
Clean out Fridge
I usually do my grocery shopping on Sunday (have you seen my Printable Grocery Shopping List?) so cleaning out the fridge and reorganizing the pantry before I leave is a tremendous help.
Once A Week:
Clean out Car
Wipe down Microwave + Stove
Organize Billing Statements
Dust Ceiling Fan(s)
Clean out Purse
At some point throughout the week, I find time to squeeze in some of the extra things that need attention along the way as I find them.
Well, there it is! I hope my list inspired you to develop your own cleaning schedule. Homemaking is such a wonderful journey but it takes a lot of work, especially with little ones running around.
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