The house is a mess. There are at least nine loads of laundry waiting for you, whimpering with their food stains and wrinkles. A mound of dishes is waiting in the sink that makes some of the Colorado mountains pale in comparison. Simply, your family is playing your own ceramic version of Jenga! You look around your home and take it all in. Your mood: overwhelmed. If this sounds like your home, you are in need of this cleaning schedule for the overwhelmed. Because, you know, you’re busy and the cleaning won’t do itself. One can dream, though.
The overwhelm becomes worse after children, too, because you always seem to be cleaning up someone else’s mess (on top of yours…yikes). I swear, I’m either stuck in the Twilight Zone or it’s Groundhog Day, because I find myself doing the same cleaning every day just to wake up and do it all over again. I’ve been trying different cleaning schedules for years. I try different tips, but the result is all the same. It gets to the point where I literally feel like what I’m doing on a daily basis isn’t making a difference, and I become indifferent to the mess. I stop cleaning. I feel defeated. Then I blame myself, go on a guilt-induced cleaning spree, and have one epic day where the house is spotless.
I then think because I worked so hard, I get a few days of vacation. The mess compounds, and this vicious cycle starts all over again – leaving me with negative thoughts of myself and a house that looks like it was just hit by a natural disaster. Cleaning and housework are so hard because – like kids – you’re always “on.” The system I’ve made allows for a weekend (gasp!) like most of the workforce. Because let’s face it – housework is a job, except your payment is peace and cleanliness. Oh, and a pleased family. Cha-ching.
How does the cleaning schedule for the overwhelmed work?
A countdown method for one week, and for the rest of the month-only 20 minutes!
It’s a countdown method. For the first full week of the month, I start my Monday with cleaning 70 minutes – or a little over an hour – because there are seven days in the week. On Tuesday, I clean for 60 minutes, or an hour. Then on Wednesday, I clean for 50 minutes. On Thursday, I clean for 40 minutes, and so on. You get the point. So, by the time I reach the weekend and my family is finally able to spend some serious quality time together, I’m not running around shrieking like a banshee that I have to clean. For the remainder of the month, I spend around 20 minutes a day cleaning.
Your weekends just got a whole lot better!
I used to do most of my cleaning on the weekends because, with my husband home, I could get so much done since I had someone to watch the kiddos. This always resulted in the feeling that I was missing out and everyone felt rejuvenated but me. Not anymore. (And don’t get me wrong, my husband cleans too when he’s home, but I tend to just want to do it myself.)
By the time I reach the weekend, I only have to clean 20 minutes on Saturday and ten on Sunday! I clean for a total of 280 minutes throughout the week – or just over four hours – but it’s broken into very manageable time slots. I have found a lot of tips that have given ideas on how to clean. Basically it comes down to the fact that I know how to clean, I just didn’t know how to manage my cleaning time.
Dishes & Laundry are Key
**If you can’t get everything done, just do the dishes and laundry**
I usually don’t include time spent on dishes or laundry in the countdown method. Let’s be real, though – I consider some days a success if I can just get these two tasks done. These two tasks are the foundation of a clean house. If you can’t for whatever reason get both your allotted time and these tasks done, do the dishes and laundry.
How I tackle dishes and laundry
I personally load all the dishes throughout the day, after every meal, and run the dishwasher right before I go to bed. When I wake up, I put the clean dishes away and start the cycle again. I do this when I wake up because we have all we need for the day ahead.
After breakfast, I start a load of laundry. We play for an hour or so, and I switch the laundry over to the dryer. We play for another hour (or run errands), and I take the laundry out and put it on the couch. I do this because I literally can’t sit down again until I fold it. After laundry, I start my cleanup routine (70 minutes if it’s the beginning of the month or 20 minutes if it’s the other three weeks of the month).
Customize your cleaning!
Feel free to alter the cleaning times to what works for you and your abode, but either way, I think you’ll find this simple countdown method is not only easy but productive! It’s up to you if you want to include your dishes and laundry time in this 20 minutes. By utilizing this method, you jump start your home, motivation, and inspiration!
The cleaning schedule for the overwhelmed outlined allows my house to be clean without me feeling like I’m always behind. It also enables me to enjoy quality time with my family every weekend and recharge. And finally, it ensures that my house is always neat and tidy! It’s simply magic!
If you have kiddos at home, have them help! Toddlers can help by putting their toys away, dusting, or putting their shoes by the door. Bigger kids can help with dishes or folding clothes so you get more done in the allotted time. I believe in allowance but certain things they need to do simply because they are a part of your family and life at your house for free. I mean, you gave them life, the least they can do is pick up their legos. Amirite?
Cleaning Schedule for the Overwhelmed – The Key to Clean!
I never thought I was one of those housewives that would always have a clean house; I thought nobody really did that. At the time, I was sure that was a domestic urban myth. Well, I’ve finally figured out the secret.
I cannot tell you how much mental clarity I’ve gained by having a neat and orderly space to live and work in. After a few days of using this cleaning schedule for the overwhelmed, my daughter was literally skipping around her room for joy while yelling, “Yippee!” because I finally managed to have it spotless.
Let me tell you, this cleaning schedule for the overwhelmed will have you doing the same.