Last week I wrote about saving time through having a meal schedule. Another way I save time is through sticking to a cleaning schedule.
Like probably most stay at home or work at home (or moms in general?), I manage our house and do most of the housework. How to decide with your spouse who does what chores would be an entirely different post, but we’ve found what works best for us is for Bryan to take care of the finances, trash, and yardwork, while I take care of the housecleaning (bathrooms, kitchen, etc.), laundry, and cooking (we both tackle dishes and vacuuming, since those are sort of constant at our house).
I used to do all my housework on Saturdays, but I found that to be pretty stressful after having our second baby. Also everyone has different tolerances/comfort levels with how cluttered and messy their house, and I tend to feel more stressed in a cluttered, messy home. So waiting til the end of the week to tackle mounds of laundry and chores was not working.
Eventually I adapted a 15 minute a day chore cleaning chart that I found on pinterest. This has been a way for me to keep the house consistently at a level of cleanliness that I’m happy with, while not getting overwhelmed with the amount of housework I have to do.
(every room in house)
(wipe down counters, wipe sink, wipe fridge, sweep and mop floors, etc.)
|Wednesday||Vacuum / Swiffer
(every room in house)
(clean tubs/showers, wipe counters and mirrors, clean toilets, sweep and mop floors)
(master and guestroom)
(painting, decorating, organizing)
|Everyday||Dishes and Laundry|
Bigger chores that I do less often—like cleaning behind the fridge, steam cleaning the carpets, etc—I tend to tackle on Saturdays, which are otherwise chore free.
Of course, when the semester is busy or a new baby is added to the household, the chore chart does get neglected somewhat. In those cases I prioritize the chores that are Musts—for us, that’s dishes and laundry—and let others slide—dusting and sweeping. If I do have to skip a chore, I try to just skip it for one week then do it extra-thoroughly the next week.
So this is what works for us! How do you save time with chores?