Over the years, my cleaning schedule printable has totally taken on a life of its own. I first started publishing these schedules in 2012 – and they have most definitely changed over the years. By far the most popular one has been the one I published in the summer of 2015. That one has hundreds of thousands of views/pins and was the inspiration behind my first ebook, Journey to Clean. It continues to be the most popular post I’ve published in my almost 9 years of blogging!
But, it has honestly been in need of an update for some time now. I’ve revised it a little bit each time I’ve had published a new version of Journey to Clean, so there have been some additions and omissions over the years as needs have changed. Many of you long-time readers know that we have lived in quite a collection of homes over the years – everything from a garden home, to an apartment, to a ranch-style house, and now a 2-story home (that we plan to be in for a long, long time). So, as my needs have changed, I’ve kind of learned that there are lots of different requirements in cleaning different types of homes. I’ve tried to kind of integrate all of these into my cleaning schedule as I change it, just so it accommodates lots of different families.
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Today, I’m doing something that I didn’t know I would ever do; I’m giving away part of Journey to Clean for free. Yikes – it’s kind of scary to give up something that has been a huge part of my blogging business for a few years! But don’t worry, if you’ve purchased the ebook, I’m not giving it all away; there’s still lots of valuable information (including all 12 months of 2018 broken down into daily cleaning tasks and deep cleaning schedules) that you can only get in the book. If you want more information on getting the full book, see below – there’s a coupon code that’s only valid for a few days!
As of today, you can download the two main pages of the Journey to Clean cleaning schedule for free – all you need to do is subscribe to the Lamberts Lately email list by using the form below (or clicking here if that form isn’t showing). You’ll get download details in your inbox within minutes!
Once you have your list downloaded and printed, here’s how my schedule works: each morning, you’ll need about 30 minutes to commit to the few tasks on the morning routine. I usually am able to do this either while the kids are eating breakfast or as soon as I get home from preschool drop-off. It’s not a huge time commitment and will really make your home look fresh for the day.
Each evening, follow a similar checklist that integrates the daily chores and room of the week tasks. These are things you might be doing anyway, but with this cleaning schedule, you’ll ensure that they’re all done each month and done at regular intervals (so nothing goes too long without being cleaned). And, to make it even easier, I’ve also included a checklist that can be used each day if you’re a checker-offer kind of person (like me)! To make it reusable, I recommend printing one copy and using a set of sheet protectors with a wet-erase marker to check this off weekly.
It’s really that simple. I can honestly say that this cleaning schedule is my secret weapon to keeping my home clean (with about an hour of effort a day). It doesn’t take much work; just an ability to stick with it. I talk a lot more about how to make this part of your life in Journey to Clean, but to sum it up, I recommend really sticking with this for 3-4 weeks. Set an alarm on your phone for the same times each day and make yourself do both the morning and evening routines. After a few weeks, it will just become part of your routine without even reminding yourself!
There’s no really complicated lingo to understand in the cleaning schedule (though I do get questions all the time about BWDW – that stands for baseboards, walls, doors, and windows. I clean those all at once in the room of the week each week.). Most everything else is self-explanatory, but I do go a little bit more into detail on what I do with some of the tasks in Journey to Clean.
And, as far as cleaning supplies…nothing fancy is needed for this, promise! Here’s a list of my favorite cleaning supplies that are used on a weekly basis with this schedule:
- Totally Awesome cleaner – this is a Dollar Tree special (yes, really) and is my absolute favorite all-purpose cleaner!
- eCloth Kitchen Cleaning Cloths – This was introduced to me through a sponsored campaign a few months ago and I fell in love! It’s a microfiber cloth that cleans and polishes just about anything. It is virtually streak-free (so perfect for windows and granite) and gets out tough dried grime and gunk. Plus, bonus: it’s chemical-free!
- Baking Soda/Vinegar – These are two of the most effective cleaners I own. I use baking soda for more abrasive jobs (cleaning sinks, tile, kitchen surfaces, etc.). Vinegar is my go-to general purpose cleaner when I know my kids are going to be touching/eating off of a surface. When we used a high chair, this is what I used to clean it! I also use it for kids’ tables and furniture. It’s super effective at knocking out gunk and grime and is supposed to be a great germ fighter.
- Clorox Clean-Up – I use this for cleaning bathrooms and especially gross kitchen situations. Basically, if I think it has lots of germs, I keep this on hand to knock them out!
- Bar Keeper’s Friend – This is the only thing I’ve found that will get stains/scrapes off of our porcelain sink. I used to clean stainless sinks with baking soda, but this is a must-have for any kind of porcelain! It’s also great for getting spots and stains off of stainless steel (like Instant Pot inserts).
- Swiffer 360 Duster – These are great for tasks like baseboards and dusting tops of fans/furniture.
- Shark Navigator Lift-Away Professional – We bought this vacuum a little over a year ago and it is by far the best one we’ve ever had. This is not a super expensive option (under $200) and has incredible suction. It’s lightweight, so it’s easy to take up stairs if needed. Very highly recommended!
- Ecovacs Deebot N79 – This is the newest addition to my cleaning arsenal. Our beloved Bobsweep had a very unfortunate accident a couple of weeks ago. (I won’t go into detail, but it involved a dog that was very much in trouble after the incident. Trust me…you don’t want me to say anymore.) It was beyond saving, and it was probably about time to replace it anyway, so we took the plunge on this one…and we love it! It’s small and lightweight and gets up a ton of dust/dirt every day. This is totally part of my cleaning routine now…it maintains the floors between weekly vacuuming/mopping incredibly well.
- eCloth Aqua Spray Deep Clean Mop – This is the mop I use on Thursdays. I talked a little bit more about my floor cleaning routine in this post, but it follows the schedule above; on Thursdays, I vacuum the whole house (even hard floors) and mop zones of the house, alternating each week. This mop will get almost anything up and leave the floors footprint and streak-free!
- Lysol General Purpose Cleaner – I add this into the water reservoir of my ecloth mop to make sure things are super clean when I mop. The ecloth is supposed to knock out most of the germs…this is just kind of my insurance policy! Plus it makes the floors smell really nice.
Now, I use all of this…HOWEVER…don’t feel like you need everything on this list to make the cleaning schedule work! You can totally make it work with whatever you have in your home. As long as you have a vacuum, a mop, and a rag/duster, you can really do the same things in your home that I do to keep mine clean.
Now, you’re armed with the basis for an effective cleaning schedule! Like I said, give it 3-4 weeks, and I promise it will transform your home.
If you want to take it to the next level by assuring that each day of this year is organized into easy-to-manage cleaning tasks, check out the full ebook – it includes over 30 pages of cleaning printables that break down these lists and tasks for easy completion and organization.
Happy cleaning, friends!
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