Keeping a clean house when you’re a working mom is HARD! Keeping up with the littles, your job, your spouse and all the other day to day things that come your way make housework seem impossible.
If you can create a simple cleaning routine that works for you then you will greatly reduce the stress from all the household chores. Get the family involved – they live there, too!
Cleaning schedules vary from person to person, but you should know that no matter what your schedule, a busy mom can do some cleaning every single day. I have discovered that many people have adapted a “cleaning hour” into their daily routine-which would be 1 hour in which they clean their entire house from top to bottom! That’s much better than trying to find time in between everything else you need to accomplish during the day.
However, even if you don’t devote an entire hour each day for cleaning purposes (you really should!), it’s still possible to keep your home nice and tidy with just 20 minutes of work each night before bed or first thing in the morning. If these are things you want to do, here’s a simple and effective cleaning schedule for moms who work outside of the home that I believe you’ll love!
The Best Cleaning Schedule for Working Moms
It’s important to remember that no matter what your situation is, it always pays to clean every day. That way, you won’t have such an overwhelming amount of work to do that you end up procrastinating and creating a huge mess for yourself. Cleaning experts will tell you that in order to really get your house clean, it’s best to spend no more than 3 hours total each week on cleaning duties. The key is to find a balance between doing as much work as possible while still allowing yourself some down time.
What is a cleaning schedule?
A cleaning schedule is an outline of when you want to clean and how much time you want to dedicate to the task. One example of a cleaning schedule that a lot of people enjoy is a “cleaning hour” in which they spend an hour each day tidying up their spaces in order to keep them organized and fresh-smelling.
Why Should You Have A Cleaning Schedule?
If you are someone who’s constantly busy, it can be difficult figuring out what tasks to prioritize in your life – especially when it comes time for doing chores. It can also be hard to find time during the day (or early morning) if you’re not one of those people who gets up at 5 AM! Having a cleaning schedule helps to focus your efforts on making sure you get the attention that dirty things need.
Having a schedule allows you to stay organized and know exactly what needs doing when. When I have my cleaning schedule, I always feel like everything is being dealt with in an efficient manner-and it’s not just because of quick work but also because nothing has been overlooked in the craziness of the day.
Why you need to clean every day
You should clean every day because it’s good for you and good for your family. A clean home will not only help you stay well rested, but it’ll also lead to a more positive mood. The problem with not cleaning is that it leads to the accumulation of dirt and germs which can lead to poor health.
It’s easy to find excuses not to do the work, but the hard part is getting results. One thing that many people have found success with is making a schedule; this way you’ll know when you need to do what and can prepare accordingly.
How to create a simple, effective cleaning schedule for moms who work outside of the home
In order to create a schedule, just decide which day of the week you want to clean. If that day happens to fall on a non-work day (e.g. Saturday), then it’s easy and straightforward! If it falls on a work day, you should do all of your cleaning before you go to work in the morning or after dinner at night.
Here is an example of an effective busy mom cleaning schedule. Of course, if you have a partner or kids old enough to help at home, get them to help with the household chores!
This weekly house cleaning schedule doesn’t include things that should be in the spring cleaning or on a monthly cleaning schedule, but just average things (except the yard, which is seasonal).
Sample Weekly Cleaning Schedule for Working Moms
Monday: Living Room Day – Vacuum, dust, and tidy up. Spend 30 minutes to an hour doing this task.
Tuesday: Kitchen Day – Wash dishes, sweep and mop the floor, wipe down the counters. Spend 30 minutes to an hour doing this task.
Wednesday: Bathroom Day – Clean inside toilet bowl and sink as well as bathroom surfaces. Spend 30 minutes to an hour doing this task.
Thursday: Bedroom Day – Make bed, change sheets, scrub floors, vacuum bedroom carpets. Spend 1-2 hours doing this task depending on how bad it is after you’ve slept in it for a few nights!
Friday: Backyard Day – Mow
Saturday: Living Room Day: tackle dusting, vacuuming, and general tidying up
Sunday: Scrub Everything
Daily Cleaning Schedule for a Busy Working Mom
If possible, try to do a bit of house work in the mornings and evenings, whether it’s you doing each cleaning task or having another member of your household.
Morning Cleaning Chores:
Start a load of laundry
Unload dishwasher from dinner
Make beds (this is something we have our kids do for themselves)
Evening Cleaning Chores:
Load dishwasher after dinner
Clean kitchen counters and sink to keep bugs away
Make these things part of your family’s morning routine before you head out the door and for the evening routine you or a family member can tackle the evening chores and the weekly chore list.
With time, you will get into a daily cleaning routine that will help your home run more smoothly and stay clean and organized. Avoid the messy house with a bit of cleaning every day!
Tips on how to keep your house tidy with minimal effort each day
When it comes time to cleaning your house, many people have found that they can do a few chores in the morning before they head into work. That way, when they are coming home, all they need to focus on is one small task – like mopping up an area.
Another way to make sure you’re getting some of the maintenance chores done easily each day is to make a schedule and get into the habit of spending a short amount of time on one specific task each day instead of trying to find time for a bunch of chores when you’re already busy with work and life.
The most important thing is just making sure that you do some cleaning every single day – even if it’s not for longer than 15 minutes. Like we said before, get the whole family involved in helping to clean up – it’s not just for mom!
The benefits of having an organized household
Having an organized household is important for many reasons. One of the first reasons has to do with your own mental health. A messy, unorganized environment leads to negative thoughts that can lead to depression and anxiety.
It’s also bad for your physical health; a clean home is less likely to have germs and bacteria that can cause you illness. Finally, it’s bad for your kids or pets – they’re more likely to be in a healthier environment if everything is neat and tidy.
To maintain the cleanliness of your home, I recommend creating a weekly cleaning routine. This way you’ll know how often you need to do things like vacuum or dust. There are a couple of ways you can go about this: using an agenda or calendar or just making a schedule in your head.
Personally, I like to use apps on my phone because there’s always something I need to put into the calendar or create a cleaning checklist. Here are some that you can use for a simple cleaning schedule:
Any other app that lets you set reminders and schedules
Keeping your house tidy is important for many reasons. One of the first has to do with mental health, another physical health, and a third what it means for your kids or pets.
If you’re looking to create some sort of schedule around cleaning that can make things easier on yourself, there are plenty of apps out there that will help you keep track! We recommend using an app like Google Calendar or Microsoft Outlook in order to stay organized when it comes time to clean.
The most important thing is just knowing how often you need to be doing certain chores-whether it’s specific days every week (like Mondays) or daily tasks each day (for example: dusting).
No matter what kind of schedule works best for you, one thing remains true; keeping a clean house is worth the time and effort for all of the benefits it brings into your life. Make a realistic cleaning schedule that you and your family can stick to and keep the house clean while enjoying life.