It’s almost time to start school and that means my day is going to be a little more busy. There will be less down time and there will be a lot more structure to my day. It also means that I need to structure my cleaning routine.
If you missed the first in this School Prep series, click here to learn all about our oily routine and get some ideas for keeping your kids healthy this school year.
I started a daily cleaning routine back in the late winter and it helped me immensely. My first cleaning routine wasn’t Pinterest-worthy at all. I drew a grid on a piece of green printer paper (because that’s all we had) and I listed the days of the week on one side and then started listing all of my chores next to the day that I thought I could reasonably do them.
Last winter our Classical Conversations community met on Mondays so that meant Monday’s chore needed to be easy. So I wrote down WASH TOWELS next to Monday. I knew that every Monday I could throw a load of towels into the washer on the way out the door and put them in the dryer when I got home. And accomplishing that is all I expected of myself when it came to housework on Mondays. It wasn’t much but having clean towels felt amazing and I faced Tuesday with one less thing on my to-do list.
Our schedule this year will be different so I sat down yesterday with my green printer paper and a ruler and listed the days again. Taking charge of this one area and setting up a routine really gives me some piece of mind. It means I can give myself grace and even if the floors need vacuuming, I don’t do that chore unless it’s the day to do it.
Here’s how you can make your own cleaning schedule to give yourself some power over your mind as you head into a new school year.
Make a list of the days of the week.
Make a list of the chores you want done on a weekly basis.
Assign the chores to the day that you can reasonably accomplish them. If your daughter has ballet on Tuesday and it’s also the day your son has football, it might not be the day you get to deep clean the bathroom. Save that for another day.
I don’t like to do a ton of chores on Sunday. Maybe you want that day off too. I love clean sheets heading into the weekend, so Fridays will be the day I wash and dry those. I wrote that down as a chore for Friday along with cleaning our diffusers. This school year, Friday will be our running-around day. We’ll do field trips and run errands that day so I need quick and easy chores for that day.
The beauty of this routine is you can change it when your life changes. It also gives you a little piece of mind knowing you accomplished something but also knowing that that pile of laundry is okay to leave for laundry day.
This is the second in my School Year Prep series. Come back tomorrow for more ideas to get a head start prepping your family and home for a new school year.