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I’m not exaggerating in the least when I say that this cleaning schedule changed my life.
In the summer of 2015, I was totally overwhelmed. I had a very active preschooler, was trying to run an at-home blogging business, and was beginning a pregnancy that left me either exhausted or nauseous 95% of the time. It was a lot for one person to handle. Needless to say, cleaning was way, way down my list of priorities. I was aiming more for survival at that point. 😉 But, whether you like it or not, you have to clean your house every now and then, right? So, I whipped up a cleaning schedule that changed the game.
With this schedule, like magic, I was able to keep my home neat and tidy with just around an hour of work a day. I set aside about 30 minutes in the morning and 30 minutes in the evening to dedicate to this plan, and within weeks, I could tell a difference in my home with a very minimal amount of work. I am naturally a very scatter-brained person, so I need something like this to take on bigger tasks like home cleaning. There are so many moving parts that can be daunting to keep up with if you don’t have a plan. But, by simply sitting down and really organizing what needs to be done when, you’re streamlining the process and taking away the stress of constantly second-guessing what needs to be done.
I knew my readers would love it system too, so I published the post in June of that year to share this – and it absolutely took on a life of its own. I might have had a hunch they would love it, but I never expected the response it’s gotten. In my ten years of blogging, this is by far, no question my most popular blog post. It’s been viewed and pinned hundreds of thousands of times. It also inspired my first ebook, Journey to Clean (more on that below), and prompted the creation of my publishing company and writing career. I wasn’t kidding when I said that this changed my life.
And, today, I’m giving away this system for free. Seriously, you don’t have to pay a dime to get the two most popular cleaning schedule pages in my arsenal.
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Here’s how this system works: you’ll use both pages daily. On the daily page, I follow the morning routine each morning (usually right after I drop my son off at school) and the evening routine (usually right after we put our children to bed). Each one takes about 30 minutes. With the evening routines, you’ll need to add in the daily chore in the right column and a few items on the “Room of the Week Chores” checklist.
That checklist can be found on the next page. It has 15ish tasks per week that need to be done in certain zones of the house. I find that, by dividing the house into zones and tackling each zone weekly, you can consistently maintain your whole house with the least amount of attention and effort. This routine has worked for me for years, even though we’ve lived in a few very different homes (a garden home, an apartment, a ranch-style house, and now a two-story home). If you’re consistent, it works!
I get questions all the time about whether or not working moms can use this schedule. Absolutely! I specifically designed this schedule to work around many different lifestyles. As long as you can carve out a chunk of time in the morning and a little bit of time in the evening, you can make this work for you. (And, spoiler: if you only have an hour in the afternoon or late at night, you can make it work too! The secret to making this work for you is its flexibility. All it takes is about an hour a day, no matter when you can dedicate that time.)
Now, I said I would get back to Journey to Clean. Once that first cleaning printable post really caught on, I had an overwhelming request to expand it into a full home cleaning system. So, with every spare second I had, I got to work creating just that. In the summer of 2016 (with a 4-month-old baby), I published my first ever ebook – Journey to Clean 2016. This ebook took the original cleaning schedule you see above and expanded it into a home cleaning system that walks you through cleaning your home every single day.
As of 2019, thousands of readers have tried and loved this system. As of spring 2019, we’re now on our fourth edition of Journey to Clean! In the latest edition, Journey to Clean 2019, you’ll get a 50-page eBook that gives you absolutely everything you could need to follow the printable pages you see above. You will find monthly cleaning calendars for January-December 2019 that break the schedule down into easy-to-complete parts, tips on how to integrate this system into different lifestyles, and even a deep cleaning section that shows you how to really make your home shine! I also have a light version of J2C that lets you maintain a clean home through busy months with simple, pared down calendars.
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