How to Make a Super Organized Cleaning Calendar
Chances are, if you are a crafty lady, you are also into organization. We have a couple blogs already here on that topic, including how to organize a craft room. But today we are going to explore another topic on how to make a super organized cleaning calendar.
There is nothing more distracting than a messy house and/or messy craft space. If your home is a mess, you probably don’t feel like you have time to sit down and do a craft. Personally, I like feeling like I earned some time to myself which is why I started creating yearly cleaning calendars.
Once you take some time on the front end to come up with all of your cleaning tasks, putting them into a calendar is easy. Then you simply print the calendar on the 1st of each month and you are good to go.
Here are the steps for how to make a super organized cleaning calendar:
- First brainstorm your daily cleaning tasks. This is stuff that you do every single day without even thinking about it much. Examples may be doing the dishes, sweeping the kitchen, or doing a load of laundry. Write these things down and try to keep it to a minimum of 3 things. I only recommend 1-2. These are going to be listed at the top of your calendar as daily re-occurring tasks.
- Next brainstorm your weekly re-occurring tasks. These are things that you do on a weekly basis religiously. Don’t think about it as things you would like to do each week. Think about the things you already do consistently each week. Things such as laundry, vacuuming the floors, or cleaning the bathrooms.
- Finally, you are going to brainstorm all the other cleaning tasks that you do semi haphazardly. Meaning, all of a sudden you realize how dirty the windows are or that you haven’t cleaned behind the couch in months. Write everything down that you can possibly think of because this is where the real organization happens.
- Now that you have all of your cleaning tasks outlined, you are going to come up with a game plan. Write all 7 days of the week down and take notes on which days you can and can’t clean. I recommend doing one other task on top of your daily tasks. You don’t want to leave everything up to one day because it’s just not realistic. In general, you want to assign most days a quick task that takes 45 minutes or less. Then designate one day to getting the longer things done like organizing. And try to give yourself at least one day off from any chores. Here is an example outline –
Monday – 45 min
Tuesday – 45 min
Wednesday – 45 min
Thursday – 45 min
Friday – 45 min + organization project
Saturday – 45 min
Sunday – No Chores
According to my notes above, I will do a weekly re-occurring task Monday-Friday and double up a monthly re-occurring task on Friday.
- My favorite part is filling in the days. Think about how your days usually go. When you are most motivated and when you aren’t. Or when you are typically super busy vs. days that are a little more relaxed. Fill in the days with whichever chore you think makes the most sense for that day. For example, I am usually pretty worn out on Monday’s after the weekend so cleaning the bathroom would not be something I would have the energy to do. Instead, I may choose something like doing the laundry which is a task I can do sitting down while watching a movie.
Here is a month example of my cleaning calendar:
Another good tip is to rotate some chores depending on the season. For instance, you probably don’t want to schedule cleaning out your shed during the middle of Winter or Summer. That’s a better task for Spring and Fall. Whereas an inside project like organizing your craft room is perfect for the Winter and Summer.
I hope you enjoyed this blog post on how to make a super organized cleaning calendar. Happy cleaning and crafting!