I’ve shared before some tips on cleaning and what’s been different since we moved from an apartment to a house. I expected to need a housekeeper more than I did in the apartment, but weirdly enough, that hasn’t been the case. I attribute that completely to our master cleaning list!
I’m sharing a little bit about our master cleaning list today and how we keep up with the housework despite our crazy busy schedules.
1 – Brain dump it.
The first thing I did to plan out our master cleaning list was dump all of the daily, weekly, monthly, even seasonally chores that we need to attend to in order to keep the house in order. I listed everything, from laundry to dusting to vacuuming to cleaning out the pantry. All of it.
2 – Schedule it.
Then, I looked at the brain dump list and put it on a recurring schedule using ToDoIst, my task management system. Some things are daily tasks in our house – watering the grass and running the Roomba, for example. Others are every other day, weekly, bi-weekly, monthly and beyond.
I made sure to stagger things so that 15 chores didn’t all end up needing to be done on the first of the month every month. ToDoIst makes that super easy, but whatever your preferred system is, make sure you get really nitty gritty with your scheduling!
3 – Delegate it.
Now that we know what needs done and how often, we divide and conquer! I used to feel so frustrated because I was constantly having to see what needed done and then ask my partner for help. Now, we know exactly what our chores are and how we divide it.
MY MASTER CLEANING LIST
On the off chance that someone is curious about my master cleaning list, I’m sharing it! I’m probably missing something, but hey.
- Water grass
- Empty dishwasher
- Run dishwasher
- Run Roomba
- Water plants
- Clean bathrooms
- Run the vacuum in the living room, kitchen and bedroom
- Empty the fridge
- Empty trash cans
- Wipe down kitchen counters
- Sanitize the sink
- Menu plan & grocery shop
- Wash sheets
- Mop in bathrooms and kitchen
- Dust furniture and windowsills
- Vacuum / wipe down baseboards and vents (Theo fur gets EVERYWHERE, y’all!!!)
- Mow the grass
- Blow off the porches and driveway
- Clean out pantry
- Clean out freezer