Creating a cleaning schedule can be a confusing job. How often do cleaning tasks need to be performed? How long does a particular job take? What chores are considered daily, weekly, monthly, or seasonal tasks? The truth is that no one schedule will work perfectly for the same two people. If your home has small children, you may find that weekly tasks need to be performed daily to prevent getting behind. If you live alone, some daily tasks may only need to be done weekly. Allergy sufferers and people with breathing issues may need to perform certain tasks on a more frequent basis. Use the following guidelines as a starting point to developing your own daily, weekly, monthly, and seasonal cleaning schedule.
Daily cleaning chores are the absolute minimum that must be done on a daily basis to keep a home clean. Depending on the type of household you live in, some of these chores may even need to be done more than once during a day. These are the bare bones basics. In my home, with 5 children just doing these on a daily basis won't really cut it. However, there are often days when other circumstances prevent me from getting much more done. As long as I can accomplish these few things, mold doesn't grow, people have clothing to wear, and nobody gets sick from our home.
Although most of these chores don’t require daily work, they are still some of the most important tasks that need to be done in our homes. Some items may need to be completed more often. Scheduling these chores in addition to your daily chores will help you maintain order and cleanliness in your home. A lot of people like to divide up their weekly chores over each day in the week so that they don't have a lot to do all at once. Others would rather devote 1 evening or day a week to tackling their weekly chores. In my family, these are divided up and done 1-2 times a week by the assigned person. I prefer to save my cleaning day chores for things that need to be done more infrequently. Pick a schedule for your weekly chores that works for you.
Monthly Cleaning Chores
Monthly cleaning chores are my favorite weekend chores. These are areas of your home that can afford to be neglected during your daily and weekly cleaning sessions, but ultimately a good thorough monthly cleaning is needed. Most monthly chores are beyond my kids' ability to do without a lot of supervision and help. I usually save these kinds of chores for 1-2 Saturdays a month where I go all out on monthly and seasonal chores. And although my kids may not be able to do them on their own, these chores provide a great opportunity to teach some more specialized cleaning skills to them.
Seasonal Cleaning Chores
Although seasonal cleaning chores are important, they are usually the most forgotten parts of home maintenance. Our attention is only needed in these areas two to three times a year, but it is vital to maintaining and cleaning our homes. Seasonal chores don't take up a lot of time since they'll only need to be done quarterly or semiannually around your home. In my family, we usually have major cleaning weekends twice a year to tackle seasonal chores. The first time is around spring cleaning time. We're usually busy gathering up items to donate or sell during this time as well. We have another major cleaning weekend right before Thanksgiving and putting up our Christmas decorations. This schedule has worked well for our family. It doesn't matter when you schedule your seasonal chores as long as it is something you are consistent with and remember to do.