Keeping the house clean when you have a family is a challenge for many parents.
And I’m not talking about the kind of clean where you just shove things into closets right before guests come over and hope they don’t open it. I mean, really, TRULY clean. The kind of clean where you never have to wonder what that sticky spot is on the floor or see a mountain of dirty dishes in your sink.
And if you add to that two constantly-shedding dogs, a baby or toddler who gets into everything, and a sleep-deprived mama… your house can go from “Eh, good enough!” to “Ugh, gross!” practically overnight.
A few months ago, I suddenly became aware that I was repeatedly telling myself, “Okay… this is it. From now on, Sunday is going to be laundry day”. Then, before I knew it, it would be Wednesday again, and I’d find myself staring at an overflowing basket of dirty clothes, wondering exactly which day of the week it was that I had declared was laundry day.
I decided it was time for a new plan. And my strategy was simple: create a physical schedule and post it right on the front of the refrigerator, so it would stare me in the face each day, and hopefully help to keep me more accountable.
The schedule I came up with is easy to manage from day-to-day, and does not take very much time at all (an hour, tops?). In fact, I’m able to get most of the tasks accomplished while my daughter is playing nearby (although a few tasks I have to save for when she’s napping), so it’s really not time spent away from her at all. And because I spaced out various tasks over the course of a day, week, or month based on how frequently they actually need doing, it really helps to keep my house in tip-top shape without the workload feeling too overwhelming.
And so far? It’s working! My house is SO much cleaner than it ever has been (even pre-baby!). I mean, I’m not perfect… sometimes I slip and forget to do something in the sudden busyness of a day filled with errands, or if guests come into town… but I don’t hold it against myself. I just pick up where I left off the next day.
Here’s a snapshot of what my schedule looks like:
If you think this might work for you and want to give it a try, then head on over to this FREE editable GoogleDoc version that you can tweak to suit your own personal household needs (if you’re signed in to a Google account, then it will auto-prompt you to create your own copy so my original stays in tact). Then simply print it out and post it on your own fridge, so that you, too, can experience the pride and relaxation that will inevitably overcome you the next time guests drop in without warning, but you don’t need to lift a single finger! 😉
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