Rob and I are both messy people, and we have a tendency to let housecleaning go until it has to be done right now. Then, it's often daunting because there is so much to do. I hate that.
Plus I spend so much time decorating and DIYing things for our house, it makes zero sense to let the dust bunnies pile up. It totally defeats the purpose.
I've been noticing household cleaning schedules on Pinterest , and started thinking it might be a way to keep housecleaning manageable. I looked for other people's versions that would would work for us, but didn't have much success.
So instead, I set out to design one for myself that would be light enough to keep up with, with tasks in a logical order. I figured if we could straigten our living and dining rooms Monday, it would be easy to vaccum Tuesday. Then, Wednesday, when it came time to scrub the bathroom floor, it will have been freshly vaccumed.
Fridays, we usually make pizza for dinner , so that seemed like a great time to give the stovetop and sink a good cleaning.
I also knew that I'd be more likely to keep up if I had a way to check off what I've accomplished. So, I decided to make the cleaning checklist the size of a standard piece of paper, put it in a $2 document frame and use a dry-erase marker on the glass to tick off what I've done.
There's also white space on the checklist to add specific items we want to accomplish during a week, and I saved the original, uncompressed Photoshop file, so I can easily change things around if I discover something that doesn't work well.
I originally designed the checklist in red and white stripes , but I knew if I had to go to a print shop to make a color print, I'd probably procrastinate. So black and white it was. I hung it from a nail on the inside of the cabinet that houses our dishes , and hung the dry erase marker from a ribbon knotted around the same nail.
This is our first week of using it, but so far, so good. The tasks are light enough that we can double up if we miss a day. Some things, we probably will end up doing more than once a week once we get into the swing of it. I also like that it's a visual reminder of what needs to be done, so it's really easy to for Rob to pitch in if he's home from work early.
I posted a PDF of our cleaning checklist here , in case anyone wants to print it and use it. However, it is tailored for our household, so I'm not sure how versatile it is.