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Weekly Cleaning Schedule

Up until this summer I did a damn good job keeping our apartment tidy but lately things started spinning out of control. Cat hair was collecting on the fan blades, the dishes were always dirty, Sabine’s toys were everywhere and the Professor’s drawers are only closed about 50% of the time (why can’t men close their drawers???). I blame the mess on three things:

  1. It’s too pretty out to clean. I am already feeling anxiety about the impending winter and can’t shake the urge to soak up every warm day until then.
  2. Sabine’s 3x a week physical therapy schedule is absolutely exhausting. Therapy is about 30 minutes away, so once we are out of the house I tend to stay out for they day. Adding to the temptation to stay outside is that therapy is in Westchester county, which is brimming with adventures and some moms who love to get out and play. Why not have a play date, Mama/Daughter adventure or run errands?
  3. Toddlers are infinitely messier than babies. Like, way messier. Like, pick up one room and find two have been exploded. Sabine’s ability to pull every single stuffed animal out is a force to be reckoned with.

Due of all of this our house was reaching a critical level of messy. Most of my Mama friends have a housekeeper at least once a month, if not more. I would LOVE to have someone help with the deep cleaning but right now we just don’t have the means so I needed to find another solution.

I have a tendency to try to clean everything in the house in one swoop and that just is not possible right now. With this in mind I started to look at cleaning schedules other moms have posted. I took a few of my favorites, made some tweaks to fit our family and cats, and put together one that is working pretty well.

Having the chart keeps me focused on a manageable amount of chores each day and not feel overwhelmed. Laundry aside, each day’s chores are easy enough to complete in an hour so even if everything other than bed making waits till after dinner it is not the end of the world.


I printed the chart and put it on the fridge, next to our weekly meal planner, the “where is the car” board (because when you street park and share a car you can sometimes “misplace” it) and our monthly appointment calendar. It looks so fancy and Pinterest-tastic up there, but in reality my life is far from a fabulous pin board and my house is never photo shoot ready. At least now when the neighbors drop by to chat or the super comes to inspect something my heart does not stop because good God there are tumbleweeds of cat hair blowing in the draft!

How do you keep your place tidy? Do you have a cleaning lady or do you tackle it all yourself? And if you DIY it, what is your method?



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  1. July 8, 2015

    Omg, there is no stopping the cat hair tumbleweeds here. We have one who doesn’t shed normally; she just drops clumps all over, no matter how often she is brushed against her will.

    • July 9, 2015

      The clumps! Good lord the clumps. And is it just me, or was this spring like the worst shed ever?

      • July 9, 2015

        It’s hard to say, we moved to 3x the square footage, so there’s a lot more room for cat hair now.

  2. July 8, 2015

    We definitely do not have a cleaning lady. It sounds nice, but I just haven’t wanted to budget it in. So I go it alone (with some major help from the hubster). I generally try to clean one room or one type of room (like bathrooms, bedrooms, etc.) every day. But I think I like the sound of your chore chart better, so I may try to adapt it for our family. So thanks! 🙂 I also used to spend the first weekend of each month doing some major chores that don’t need to be done on a weekly basis (like vacuuming behind big furniture items and scrubbing the walls), but I started *hating* those weekends and gave up on that. So now the dustbunnies living behind our sofa are collecting new friends, but I don’t really care anymore. They probably won’t be seen until we move and I’ll get rid of them then. Sometimes, you just have to let some things go, you know?

    • July 9, 2015

      Confession: I vacuum behind my furniture when I move 🙂 Don’t feel bad there!

  3. nonsequiturchica #
    July 8, 2015

    Toddlers are WAY messier than infants. It’s insane! I wish I had the money for a housecleaner but alas, it’s mainly just me. I try to do as much as possible when Izzy naps on the weekend but that’s no fun. Our house is not as clean as it used to be but I do the best I can.

  4. Amy #
    July 8, 2015

    We had a cleaning lady for a few years, but she retired in the winter & we have not replaced her. Truth be told, it only stayed clean for about 20 minutes after she left & no one cleans your house like you do. I keep my homemade cleaner in many spray bottles around the house so I can do a quick clean anytime, I love the swiffer & maybe I’ve lowered my standards a bit too! When I get stressed about it, I get a garbage bag and fill it will the children’s debris. It helps.

    • July 9, 2015

      YES! Lower standards! Once upon a time my current house would have stressed me out soooo much! Now I’m happy the dishes are done and the litter boxes don’t stink. If the baby toys are picked up we are doing GREAT. 🙂

  5. July 9, 2015

    I have a chore chart similar to yours and hire housecleaners from Groupon/living social a few times a year. I will likely hire a regular cleaner monthly after baby comes.

    • July 9, 2015

      Great minds think alike! If I had the newborn days to do over again I would absolutely hire cleaners for the first 6 months. It would have saved us a lot of marital strife!

      • July 9, 2015

        Yessss this reply just got hubby to buy into hiring a house cleaner! Thx!

  6. July 9, 2015

    Confession. I can’t clothes my drawers either =(

  7. July 9, 2015

    I love your chart btw. If I can ever find a way to work part time I think I would try to make those things happen. I am running out the door like a chicken with my head cut off every freaking morning. Coming home and scrambling trying to find something for my daughter to eat, a way to get myself a shower, put away laundry that’s piled up since the weekend…. if I can get one thing done in a day I am happy. Sometimes I feel like I’m falling apart!

    • July 9, 2015

      Maybe you need a more simple chart with just one task a day! Sometimes just having it written down makes it less daunting.

      • July 10, 2015

        That’s a good idea. I need to make my husband commit to a task a day too 🙂 Like, scoop the poop. heheheh. You inspire me!

  8. APE #
    July 9, 2015

    My house is a total mess. You would probably be totally disgusted if you ever dropped by. With a young child, a messy husband, two shedding cats and a shedding dog, the carpet it stained, the hairballs are relentless and I work full-time. So needless to say, I am too tired to clean on the weekdays when I get home from work, and when the weekends roll around I don’t want to clean. I want to take my kid out to do fun stuff. We can’t afford a cleaning service (but oh how I wish we could). I love your chart though, and I aspire to have a clean house. The animal hair, dander and puke stains put me off big time. It almost seems like the worse it gets, the more I don’t want to clean. Uggg…it’s a vicious cycle. We also have too much stuff, which is a whole other issue. So, I might steal your chart and try it for awhile. See how that goes.

  9. Lisa @ hapahopes #
    July 9, 2015

    Here is my schedule:


    Seriously, I just can’t do it anymore. I have about an hour a day with Chipmunk and then I’m just too beat to care. the kitchen gets cleaned after dinner each night and Chipmunk cleans up her own toys before bed. Weekends are family time. Period the end. I can get the downstairs cleaned (we have a townhouse so this is not a big deal) when she naps, but I can’t do anything upstairs or she’ll wake up. Hubby works from home and God love him he handles vacuuming when he can’t stand it anymore and he does the laundry because he doesn’t like how I do it. Other than that – it gets done when I’m worried CPS will intervene. I will occasionally get a housekeeper via Groupon and I LOVE when I can do that.

    • July 9, 2015

      How have you gotten Chipmunk to clean up her toys??? We still are not there with Sabine. It would make life MUCH easier if she would. I’d love some tips!

      • Lisa @ hapahopes #
        July 11, 2015

        I think we got lucky. She hates messes and loves putting things away. That and it’s just part of the routine. I wish I had magic for you!

  10. Karaleen #
    July 9, 2015

    First and foremost…Men and drawers ( or cupboard or pretty much ANYTHING that has a door)…YES…why can they not shut them? I am the first to praise the hell out of my husband as a rockin’ dad, hubby and partner…but THIS…the drawer, cupboard, door thing …always just half shut? Drives me BONKERS. Okay…rant over. Just felt a bit of total solidarity with you there. I tried doing it all for awhile….but I just couldn’t manage. After our 2nd child..we bought a house that was way bigger than we needed….but the lot it came on was just too perfect for us so we had to buy it. But seriously…did I need 6 bedrooms, 3 full baths and 3100 square feet? No…but it was a great price(amazingly…less than the small house we were selling to move there) and the 1/2 acre lot with the RV pad and backing up to the canyon green space could not be passed up. I’m really happy now and the extra space is such a bonus (separate office, play room and a great craft/guest room). But I had a full time job and two kids. Hubby had a 1/2 acre to mow and tend do and the pool to deal with so I took on the “Cleaning”. He is great at dishes and daily pick up…but I would spend almost a full day doing vacuum, scrubbing, mopping and laundry every weekend. I felt overwhelmed and was missing out on my kids and family time. So we got a housekeeper once a month. That was a treat. Our schedule consisted of daily pick ups and wipe downs of the most used spaces…kitchen, downstairs bath and family room. Laundry was mostly on the weekends but sometimes a load in the middle of the week if we needed it. Weekends then became a time for more. the week the housekeepers came was awesome. I could run through laundry and have nothing else but daily pick up. But then the kids got bigger and seriously…I agree …they are way messier than babies. Just the daily pick up and keeping clutter to a minimum was getting hard. So we went to housekeepers twice a month (every other week). It has been working great. Now we just do daily tidy, wipe down of kitchen every night and clorox wipe the bathrooms every few days. Kids have their own chores (son – 7- feeds dog, sets table, makes bed and picks up room, and picks up playroom toys. Daughter 4 – makes bed, puts away toys, picks up all dirty clothes and puts in laundry and picks up play room toys. It is working. I can’t say we live spotless all the time. Clutter is a challenge…but everything gets super cleaned and disinfected every other week and that is acceptable to us. We now do more fun things in the evenings and on weekends and we are happier as a whole. NOW…if I could just get my hubby to push his damn dresser drawers all the way in. tee hee

    • July 9, 2015

      GAH! The cabinets too! Drives me nuts! Glad I am not alone 🙂

  11. Alissa S #
    July 17, 2015

    I love your chart. I have no such chart or schedule. With us both working it’s all we can do to clean on a random schedule and pick-up after ourselves. And yes, toddlers are messier and so is Summer. We have a yard so there is constantly dirt and grass on our wood floors. I have given up trying to keep the floors clean and have resorted to weekly sweeping. We also have dog hair, but it’s kept at bay with rollers and occasional vaccuming. I have gotten used to a bit of a mess, but I usually sick to dishes in the morning, cleaning the kitchen at nap, and tidying up in the evening on days I’m off. The rest is done when it’s really needed. Except folding laundry – VERY rare. You’re right, what is up with the drawers and cabinets?! I don’t get it!

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