Setting up a cleaning system part 5

Good morning, hope you are having a great start to your week. If you are looking around at your home this morning and getting overwhelmed by the mess everywhere, I encourage you to look back and start at part 1 of this series of how to set yourself up with a cleaning system.  If you are willing to sit and take a couple of hours to work through this, I promise it will change your life—as far as cleaning house goes.

We all like things to be easier.  It just sometimes takes some hard doing to get to that easier:)

Let’s keep working……………

Now that your daily and weekly chart is all done, it is time to work on our monthly chores.  These are the chores that you need to do only once per month.  In our family these chores consist of:

  • washing the girls bedding
  • washing the boys bedding
  • washing our bedding
  • washing the throw blankets
  • organizing the freezers—to know what I have for meals
  • wiping the dining room table legs and bench legs
  • wiping the washer and dryer off
  • spot wipe all high traffic areas on walls
  • wipe switch plates
  • wipe fan blades
  • vacuum out air and heating vents-replace filters
  • wipe down bathroom cabinets
  • wipe and dust wall decorations
  • vacuum behind/under/inside couches and chairs
  • dust light fixtures
  • clean oven

Typically you get 4 weeks out of the month to do these chores.  In our home, I divided up the chores by the number of weeks that I had.  I then made a list.

Week 1

  • wash our bedding
  • wipe the dining room table legs/benches
  • wipe the fan blades
  • dust light fixtures

Week 2

  • wash girls bedding
  • spot wipe all walls
  • wipe switch plates
  • wipe/dust wall decor

Week 3

  • wash boys bedding
  • vacuum out vents
  • vacuum out couch/chair
  • deodorize trash cans

Week 4

  • wash throw blankets
  • wiped down bathroom cabinets/walls/fixtures
  • clean oven

Notice that I grouped similar chores together.  Instead of getting out the vacuum each week, I put all the “vacuuming” jobs on week 3.  When I was going to wipe all the walls, I decided to do all the extra chores that were similar to that chore for week 2.  We have a large family and I cannot do too much laundry, so I space out when I have to wash everyone’s bedding.

Now when do I get all these chores done?  Do I have a “set day?”  Not always.  Typically I will have my list all printed out and then on Monday, I will look at my list of what I have to do for the week.  If I get a few free minutes here or there, I will tackle a job.  Sometimes I wait and designate it all to be done on Saturday when I have extra time.  These jobs are good for children who don’t obeyJ   They are not much fun and work well if I have someone who has an attitude problem.  That isn’t always the case, so we just tackle them and get them done somewhere in between life.

You can also delegate who does that by placing their initial after the chore.  Do what is best for your family.

Here is your free printable to help you with this task.

monthly chores by week

Have a blessed day today as you strive to be the BEST women of the home!

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5 responses to “Setting up a cleaning system part 5

  1. Jennifer Irish

    There are some things like wiping down walls I am lucky if I get to once a year! But in time, as I have been organizing and simplifying my life, thanks to your blog and God’s grace, I may find some of the cleaning I prefer to do more reachable. As always, Amy, your a blessing!

    • Thank you Jennifer! I was at that place before too. I just kept getting overwhelmed by all the messes and had to do something about it. I grew tired of always doing a “spring” cleaning. It seemed every season had a “spring” cleaning. Not anymore. This has simplified my life tremendously, leaves me “free” time:) I pra your day is blessed and off to a good start! Keep working at it:)

    • Thank you Jennifer! I was at that place before too. I just kept getting overwhelmed by all the messes and had to do something about it. I grew tired of always doing a “spring” cleaning. It seemed every season had a “spring” cleaning. Not anymore. This has simplified my life tremendously, leaves me “free” time:) I pray your day is blessed and off to a good start! Keep working at it:)

  2. Do you happen to have your completrd daily,weekly, and monthly chore chart that you don’t mind sharing? Editible format would be a bonus! Hope you are having a blessed day!

    • I wish I did:( A few years ago I had it all printed out nice and neat like I have shown in my post. My children and myself have our morning routine done and know it well so that I don’t have to do charts for them at this point in my life. As my next younger set grows up and starts doing more help around the house, I will place the daily chart back on the wall for their benefit. Our weekly chart is placed on our refrigerator to remind us what to do. Our monthly cleaning chart is not currently up, I have mental notes of what I have to do but I haven’t official put one up in our new home. I’m learning what has to be done each month here and what I don’t have to do except once a year. That will take time, because I don’t know how dirty this home is going to get or the need to keep up on certain areas. I’m learning quickly and taking notes:) Keep working at yours and let me know how it goes! Be blessed today as I know you are:)

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