Thursday, August 15, 2013

Preparing to Impress {Cleaning Schedule}

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In our "Preparing to Impress: Home Hints" blog post, I shared my appreciation for FlyLady.com.  The ideas and schedules on her website and in books she has written have helped 1000's of women organize and clean their homes.

Using her ideas and various ideas that I grew up with,  I came up with a weekly housecleaning schedule a few years ago. I have tweaked it a little but hopefully this list will help get you started.

There is debate on whether to do a load of laundry a day or just devote one day a week to laundry is better.  Honestly, I don't know which is more time effective.  I think it is a personal preference and change the below schedule accordingly.  How I Tamed the Laundry Giant

Sunday
   Empty the Trash
   Water the Plants

Monday
   Wash Sheets
   Wash Towels
   Clean mirrors, tubs

Tuesday   Vacuum
   Mop
   Dust
   Work in zone for 30 minutes

Wednesday
  
Laundry

Thursday   Pay bills
   Shop/Run Errands
   Work in zone for 30 minutes

Friday
   Laundry
   Refrigerator
   Clean Sink
   Microwave

You may have noticed the activity "work in zone for 30 minutes."  This work allows you to do deep-down, spring-cleaning cleaning.  Zones are areas of concentration or focus.  It is more detailed and thorough than normal, every-day cleaning.

Zone 1: Dining Room
1) Clean vent & ceiling fan
2) Wipe baseboards & electrical plates
3) Wash Windows
4) Wash doors
5) Clean china cabinets/bookcase - dust, wash windows
6) Wash table & chairs

Zone 2: Kitchen
1) Clean vent & ceiling fan
2) Wipe baseboards & electrical plates
3) Wash Windows
4) Wash doors
5) Wipe & straighten drawers, pantry, & cabinets
6) Wash canisters, knick knacks
7) Clean refrigerator, stove hood & tile backsplash

Zone 3: Laundry room

1) Clean vents & ceiling fan
2) Wipe baseboards & electrical plates
3) Wash doors
4) Wipe & straighten cabinets
5) Wash down washer & dryer

Zone 4: Bathrooms
1) Clean vent
2) Wipe baseboards & electrical plates
3) Wash doors
4) Wipe drawers & cabinet
5) Wash rugs & shower curtain

Zone 5: Living Room
1) Clean vents & ceiling fan
2) Wipe baseboards & electrical plates
3) Wash windows
4) Straighten entertainment center
5) Wash curtains
6) Clean fireplace & hearth
7) Change filter

Zone 5: Entrance
1) Clean vent
2) Wipe baseboards & electrical plates
3) Wipe front door

Zone 6: Bedrooms & Closets
1) Clean vent & ceiling fan
2) Wipe baseboards & electrical plates
3) Wash Windows
4) Wash doors
5) Straighten bookcases/desk/dressers/closets
6) Wash curtains, mattress pad, dust ruffle
7) Wipe down treadmill/TV
8) Wipe bed frames & flip mattress

As soon as you finish all of the zones, begin again.  I believe according to FlyLady you finish a zone a week.  But tweak all of these ideas to make them your own!

On Friday we will put all of the schedules together:  Family, Mom, Cleaning, and Meals! And next week, we will prepare curriculum and supplemental materials.


How do you schedule cleaning?

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