Post # 1
My fiance and I are horrible about cleaning. He just doesn’t like doing it, and I never really learned how (my parents could have easily been on the show “Clean House” when I was growing up). So right now, we’re kind of caught in a cycle of letting the house get to be a disaster-area over several weeks time, then we spend several days doing hard-core cleaning.
We’ve decided to make a cleaning schedule, where every day we will make sure the room is clean (ex: Monday = living room, Tuesday = bedroom, Wednesday = bathrooms, etc.) I hope this will help, provided we stick to it.
Do you have a housework schedule? And what are your other tips and tricks for keeping your house clean and organized?
Post # 3
We do but we only did it for a week 🙂
Post # 4
thats what i try to do every day, we have a housekeeper once a week, but its hard to keep it that way.
i do laundry at night, after work, one night whites, the next night color cloths… so i wont have to do lots of laundry on my days off
after i cook i make sure everything is clean, and as i am ussing things i thow them in the dish washer, so i wont have to clean the all kitchen after eating.
and do one little thing, everyday.
Post # 5
We have kind of a rule to keep the house up every weekend. During the week I’m responsible for laundry and he’s responsible for yard work. On the weekends we do “cleaning” which means we set a time to clean TOGETHER usually for about 2 hours (4 hours of man-power is really enough if you do it at least every 2 weeks). Our goal is to do it every week but sometimes we skip one if the house looks ok and we’re busy. Usually during out cleaning times I’ll do the kitchen and great room, he’ll do the bathrooms and man cave. We hardly use the upstairs so it doesnt really get dirty, and we keep our bedroom picked up. Every few weeks I”ll vacuum it while I”m vacuuming the great room.
I think that it works for us because we do it at the same time so we don’t get that resentful “i’m cleaning and he’s not” feeling.
Post # 6
we don’t have a schedule or rules for who does what, but we naturally have fallen into certain patterns over time that seem to mostly work for us. we live in an apartment so it’s a lot less work than a whole house. at least once a week we’ll put an hour into both of us cleaning, so things don’t get out of control. plus we make sure to invite people over on a fairly regular basis which forces us to clean! (although there have been plenty of times lately when i’ve just closed the bedroom door to hide the mess in there)
Post # 7
The other thing that we are trying is to just agree on what the minimum house chores looks like. For example, if there are dinner dishes left in the sink, I think they should be done before dinner the next evening. He will let 2 or 3 nights of dinner dishes stack up before washing them. So not so much assigning the chore to someone but just agreeing how often it should be done.
He would never wash the sheets (well like every other month or so) but I told him it really needs to be done every other week or as needed.
Post # 8
@abbyful: Let me know how that works! My husband and I are very similar to you two. We can always find something we’d rather do instead of cleaning. 🙂 We do a big clean every few weeks. At those times, we complain to each other that we should do a better job of “keeping up” with everything weekly so we aren’t forced to spend half a day cleaning 1x per month. Ugh. I think your idea of doing a little each night sounds good!!!
Post # 9
We actually have a cleaning lady come and do a thorough cleaning every other week. At first I thought it was crazy but I’ve come to realize that, since we both work full time, it’s a way of helping us maintain order in our house without putting too much stress on us. Because we don’t have to focus our time on cleaning tasks (scrubbing tub, washing kitchen floor, etc.) it leaves us more time to maintain order on a regular basis – i.e. not letting dishes pile up in the sink, taming the junk mail pile, etc.
Post # 10
We dont have a cleaning schedule but we designated areas of the house that are always our responsibility. I have the whole first floor (living room, dining room, kitchen) and my husband has the basement (his man cave) and the bedroom and upstairs which includes doing all the laundry. We try not to let it get too bad to where a quick 30 minute go round cant make it look nice. My biggest tip is to put things away as you use them – especially dishes. I try to rinse off my dishes and put them in the dishwasher whenever I use them or before we go to bed so the mess isnt there in the morning. Of course that doesnt always work…but its good to have a goal in mind!
Try to remember that cleaning a little bit every day will prevent you from having to do those really long house cleanings that take several hours or even a couple days!
Post # 11
We do a little to keep up every day (sweeping, wiping down the counters, making sure the dishes are all put away) and I clean the whole apartment once a week. I actually have a really crazy schedule that I put together based off of a cleaning schedule I found in a magazine once. It works really well for us.
Post # 12
I have a hectic schedule at work so I take the first day of every week that I have off and vacuum, clean the bathroom, etc. FH is very good about cleaning up inbetween and helping with dishes and whatnot so there’s really only once a week we clean. And the house stays pretty manageable the whole time, we don’t let it get to the point where cleaning gets you sweating 🙂
Post # 13
@MissNewYork: I can’t read the checklist you attached (too small). Do you have a larger copy? It looks interesting and I’d love to check it out!! Thanks.
Post # 14
We have a dog who will eat anything left out. It helps us keep things clean!
I have my own little personal schedule (hubby works and I don’t so I’m the cleaner), but if I miss a day it’s no big deal. Usually I’ll just clean/dust when it looks like it needs it.
Post # 15
We don’t have a schedule, but we usually do a full-house clean on the weekend. During the week, every day we do all of the dishes and make sure the kitchen is tidy. Basically we clean up after ourselves as we go, and then on the weekend we do the bigger things like mopping the floors and cleaning the bathrooms!
Post # 16
My Fiance and I are like this. We really should put up a cleaning schedule but knowing us, would never be able to commit for too long.