Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Do you have a cleaning schedule?

via http://www.bloominghomestead.com/2010/10/weekly-cleaning-schedule.html
While looking up images related to "cleaning" for my Well and Cleanly Pinterest board, I came across a lot of cleaning schedules (I chose the most beautifully graphically designed one to use) and I thought huh, that's a thing that people do? And then I thought of that scene in The Help where Minny uses a cleaning schedule to clean Celia's house and Celia is shocked by this.

While a cleaning schedule seems very practical, it's never been something I'v ever even considered trying.  My cleaning pretty much always takes place on the weekends.  Usually Alex and I will end up cleaning the apartment on Saturday.  This Saturday it was Alex sweeping and mopping the floors and cleaning the bathroom and me doing laundry, putting away all of the piles that have accumulated throughout the week and dusting and vacuuming the couches.

Sunday will literally consist of me sitting on my couch at least once during the day, and looking around at my clean apartment and feeling happy.  I'm feeling happy just because my apartment is super clean.  It actually makes me feel happy.

Monday the house will look pretty similar to Sunday, and since I go to work late on Tuesday, I usually have time to keep piles from accumulating in the morning.  I'd say by about Wednesday, the cats have probably puked somewhere at least once and dirt's been tracked in from shoes.  I'll probably sweep on Wednesday and ignore the clothes piled up next to my bed and the film starting to form on the bathroom sink.

Thursday is a repeat of Wednesday with a little bit more grime everywhere, and by this time the hamper is probably starting to get full.  Friday rolls around and the house is a mess.  Hello Saturday morning, let's clean this place up.

It seems to be that the beauty of the cleaning schedule makes it so that you don't have to spend a good 4 hours of your Saturday cleaning the shit out of everything.  Floors, bathroom, dusting, clutter, vacuuming and laundry is kind of a tall order, that could technically be spread out along the week.  But I guess even though I'm a clean person and really a clean apartment is one of my favorite things in the world (I'm not kidding when I tell you that just sitting and looking around makes me feel genuinely happy when things are clean.  And genuinely stressed when they're not) I think I can't really bring myself to clean things up until they are visibly messy.  Why wipe down the sink every morning if there's not hair sticking to it yet? Why sweep the floor if you don't have kitty litter sticking to the bottom of your feet?

In the spirit of the Well and Cleanly series, I think I am going to try a cleaning schedule this week and then report back.  I'm really curious, how do you clean up? 4 hour stints of your Saturday or do you spread it all out with a very specific schedule?  I found the pdf of my customized schedule above here. Let me know if you end up trying it out too!

14 comments:

  1. i could totally use a cleaning schedule. i don't know that i'll ever implement one, but i definitely see the good in it!

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  2. I totally know what you mean about being happy in a clean room. I just majorly spring cleaned the crap out of my room here at school and I just love sitting on my bed and admiring it...I think I'm really weird.

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    1. I wish I could sit on your bed and admire your room with you. (talk about weird) :)

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  3. I WANT to have a cleaning schedule so bad but it seems like ... ugh. One more thing to have to do every day? No thanks!!

    Then again sometimes we won't vacuum for two weeks or something because it slips our minds. I think if we each had specific jobs to do every day then it's much more likely to get done.

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    1. I think I feel the exact same way.

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  4. Ooh! Our cleaning schedule is, "Clean something a few days after it becomes visibly dirty; deal with the recycling when I burst into hormonal tears because there's a whole month's worth sitting in the corner of the kitchen." It's shameful. I worry about people coming to visit unexpectedly and seeing the state the place is in. Maybe a cleaning schedule might be worth a try...

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  5. I once tried a cleaning schedule, but it didn't work. We just clean as we go.

    Becky
    xx

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    1. I have a feeling that's what's going to happen with me too :)

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  6. This was actually one of the things I was tasked with today and then totally didn't do... Whoops. I guess I'm doing that tomorrow.

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  7. I love your idea! I hate cleaning, but that's mostly because I allow everything to build up and am then overwhelmed by everything I have to do. My husband and I have a pretty high tolerance for clutter until it gets to that boiling over point where we just can't stand it anymore. I'm not sure if that's a good thing or bad thing. Anyhoo, good luck on your schedule and keep us posted how it goes!

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