Create a Cleaning Schedule That Works For You

There always seems to be so much to do in order to keep your house neat and clean. I’m going to make a confession…I LOVE having a clean and organized home. I do however hate to clean. Ok, I know, most people hate to clean – but not everyone judging by all the cleaning videos on TikTok.

It seems like a good time to cover all things cleaning since this week is National Cleaning Week. This week will focus on some of the things that you can do in order to make your house cleaning routine a little more organized so ultimately you can feel a little more productive. 

Over the years a couple of things that I have done to try to make cleaning a little easier is to use a cleaning schedule. If you follow a lot of lifestyle bloggers you will see that there are tons of cleaning routines out there for you to use. If you’re lucky enough to find one that works for you, great! There are some really great ones out there. However, I’ve often found that none of them are quite tailored to my unique needs. 

If you’re looking for a cleaning schedule that can help make your house cleaning go a little easier, then I suggest you do a search for “cleaning schedule”. If you want something that’s a little more tailored to meet your individual needs, then here are a few steps to help get you started on creating a cleaning schedule of your own.

Decide How Much Time You Want To Spend On Cleaning

Taking a good look at how much time you have each day to dedicate to the upkeep of your house (or office). Some people may want to spend an hour or two each day, while others may want to do it in larger blocks once or twice a week. After you have decided how much, you need to think about what you actually need to get done.

Make A List Of The Chores That Need To Be Done

I love lists! Sit down and visualize all the things that need to be done on a regular basis in order for you to feel like it looks organized and tidy. Go room by room and think about all the things you usually clean in each individual space and write it down. Now that you have a list of what needs to be done, it’s time to put it all together.

Group Like Tasks Together

If you want to spend an hour or two each day cleaning then grouping tasks together is one approach you can take. By putting these like tasks together you’re able to gather your supplies, get motivated, and get a lot done in a short amount of time. Another approach is to do one room at a time. If this is the approach that you want to take then grouping like rooms together can be very helpful. For example you may want to dedicate one day to clean the kids rooms, or one day to just do bathrooms. If you are using the approach of bundling like tasks together then one day you may want to do all the floors, and the next day vacuum all the carpets.

If you are one of the people that wants to do all of your cleaning in larger blocks you can use the same approach but you will just create larger groups of the spaces or tasks you want to complete.

Write Down Your Schedule

You have decided how much time you want to spend and figured out which tasks go together. The next step is to put it all together in a schedule. Whether you are going to do your cleaning time in the morning, the evening, or somewhere in between, adding it to your calendar is one way to hold yourself accountable.

One of the perks of having a routine or schedule for cleaning and tidying your house is that the chores become easier to delegate, and get the help from others in your home. This can help you to be able to effectively assign the tasks as chores. For example, if you have a teen, one day a week they may be responsible to vacuum the stairs and the foyer. Not that this is one of the chores that my teenager has to do once a week.Throughout National Cleaning Week I’ll continue to give tips, tricks and practices to help you organize the daunting task of keeping your house in order. If you would like more information, support, or accountability check out my private Facebook group, Organized Priorities Collective. This private space gives you an opportunity to not only ask questions but get additional information about being organized and more productive in your daily life.

Published by Jenn DePauw - Organized Priorities

Jenn is the owner of Organized Priorities, a Colorado-based company specializing in Organization, Productivity, and Operations. As an organization and productivity professional, Jenn specializes in individual and team productivity coaching as well as organization for both individuals and small businesses. She is also the author of The Organized Priorities Blog (, an organization and lifestyle blog that focuses on making life more organized, more productive, and a little easier. For helpful tips on everything from weekly planning to home organization, and daily celebrations to words of encouragement you can follow @organizedpriorities on Instagram.