Even when I’m in a crazy busy season of life, my daily and weekly cleaning lists are the back bone of my housekeeping routine. After pulling them together during my FlyLady days, I’ve tweaked my basic cleaning lists over the years to meet the needs of each season. With my kids getting older, I can delegate many basic cleaning tasks to them and focus more on the monthly zone cleaning.
My daily/weekly cleaning/task list is the backbone of the Cleaning section in my new Home Management Binder. If I get into a busy season, this one page list will keep me going until I can have time to include zone cleaning in my schedule. When I go away for 2 conferences this year, my husband can refer to this list to keep the household and kids on track.
My one page cleaning/task list is divided in half: weekly tasks on the left and daily tasks on the right. I assigned some of the weekly tasks to a family member, however, if that person is busy doing other jobs, I re-assign the task to another person. These weekly tasks are in addition to the new Family Cleaning Hour we started this past Saturday.
I’ve included some of the regular kitchen prep tasks I mention in my menu plan on the weekly task list. For example, I always make yogurt on Mondays and prep vegetables over the weekend, usually Sunday afternoon. As I work on the menu plan section, I may add a few more tasks like a weekly snack-making session. Some of the jobs on the weekly list will be moved to our Family Cleaning Hour list as we get into an established routine.
The daily list includes reminders for the children’s routines along with reminders for tasks that I’m less enthusiastic about like wiping the counters and sweeping the kitchen floor. I didn’t include emptying the dishwasher because it happens by necessity everyday in this family of 7. Table setting is noted on our family calendar since it rotates between 2 sets of kids.
I used to do my daily cleaning after I dropped the kids off at school and before I started writing. The 30 minute block of time seemed perfect. Yet, I felt stressed and behind when I did sit down to write. Now, I do the bulk of my cleaning in the morning while the kids are getting ready for school. With laundry and getting lunches ready my 1st priority, I work through the list and delegate tasks to children who have finished their own lists. Because most tasks take about 5 minutes, I can stop and deal with issues with the kids as they come up.