Several readers of this blog really wanted to know what Lovey’s household cleaning rhythms were, and Lovey was gracious enough to reply so I thought I would post it here. (It is also listed in the comment that Lovey sent in!)
Without further ado, Lovey writes:
Since I no longer maintain a blog, I will post our cleaning schedule here.
Monday – kitchen/dining
Tuesday – vehicles (don’t forget this is an extension of your home)
Wednesday – living room
Thursday – basement
Friday – bedroom/bathroom
Sunday – yard
Within this framework I keep a schedule throughout the month so everything gets done. For instance in the kitchen, week one I will polish silver, week two is pantry and shelves, week three is floor and walls, and week for is appliances and cupboards. I have a rotation like this for each room so that in any given month every single area will be cleaned. I also clear out rooms every season gathering donations and changing out decor (and tidying the clutter that inevitably collects).
Daily – laundry, dog care
Weekly – yard, maintenance
Monday – trash/recycling, kitchen
Tuesday – trash/recycling, bathroom
Wednesday – trash/recycling, kitchen
Thursday – trash/recycling, sweep & mop
Friday – trash/recycling, sweep & mop
Sunday – wash & iron own clothes, bedroom
Monday – vacuum, sweep & mop
Tuesday – vacuum, sweep & mop
Wednesday – vacuum, kitchen
Thursday – vacuum, bathroom,
Friday – vacuum, kitchen
Sunday – clothes, bedroom
The children have had a chore since about age 4. They progressively got harder as they grew older until by age 10, they were expected to contribute at their current level.
Daily I do a clean sweep picking up stray items throughout the house, gardening, cooking and dishes, and paper sorting.
We also have seasonal chores such as cleaning the siding, shampooing the carpets, washing the screens,etc.
Annual chores include clearing out and organizing the garage and attic, painting, etc.
Since moving to a cleaning schedule years ago, our home has been tidy and organized
Thank you Lovey for sharing this as I am sure it will be an inspiration to many readers out there to come up with their own rhythm for housekeeping.
Many blessings and thanks,