How to Get to the Finish Line with your Weekly Cleaning

So you’ve tried having a cleaning day but that didn’t work.  You tried doing a room a day and that didn’t work.  You tried convincing your spouse that you should hire a housekeeper but that didn’t work either.  You’re all out of options and the house is a dump.  Well, here’s one more option that might work.

Step 1:  Make a Housecleaning Checklist.  Go through each room of your house and write down what needs to be done on a weekly basis.  Don’t over think this and don’t write down too much.  If housecleaning isn’t your thing, you’re probably not going to want to include things like “clean the baseboards” or “wash the windows”.  Just write down the minimum that needs done to make that room acceptable.  If you need help creating a checklist, here’s one you can use to get you started.


Step 2:  Post the list in a prominent place at the beginning of the week.  Mine would be on my refrigerator.  Put a pen or highlighter nearby so you can mark things off as you do them.  You could even put the list in a sheet protector and mark things off with a dry erase marker.

Step 3:  On Monday, start working on the list.  Start at the top or start with what needs done the most or just start with what’s least offensive to you.  Do what you can and then stop.  On Tuesday, try to tackle a little more of the list.  Maybe you’ll only get one thing done or maybe none.  Just try to do something if you can.  Each day of the week, spend a little time on the list if you can.  Maybe you’ll end up with some time on Saturday and can finish the whole thing.  The idea is to do what you can, when you can, and make it your goal to finish the whole list by the end of the day Sunday.  You can even set it up so that if you get it all done, you get a reward of some kind – whatever it takes to get you to the finish line.

Step 4:  At the end of the week, print off a new list for Monday and start over.

That’s it.  And the beauty of a plan like this is that an unpredictable schedule or an unpredictable energy level won’t de-rail your plan.  You may not always get everything done, but at least you’ll be doing something, and something is definitely better than nothing!

So make your checklist, post it somewhere easy to see, and go clean something!

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Born in Kentucky, I am a wife and mom to 1 son and 2 daughters . I have an ink pen obsession, as well as a love for all things planner. I have been married for 10 years to my high school crush. I am a member of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

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8 thoughts on “How to Get to the Finish Line with your Weekly Cleaning

  1. This reminds me a little of Fly Lady ( who I LOVE. But I do find her information/methods a big overwhelming. This seems doable. I printed out your checklist and am going to give it a try this week. I think it is key to break it down into manageable tasks, so that you don’t feel like a failure. We can’t all be featured in Better Homes and Gardens, but if we can achieve a relatively clean, neat household with a housefull of kids, I think that’s quite an accomplishment. Thanks for your tips!!
    Visiting from SITS …

    1. Absolutely true. Our houses will never look like those in Better Homes and Gardens. I actually wrote a post about that you might like:

      Let me know how the cleaning chart works for you. That’s how I’m doing it right now since my life has gotten so unpredictable. I used to always clean on Mondays (like Fly Lady always had you do) but I can’t get it done that way anymore. You can only do what you can do!

  2. At first I was thinking that a list wouldn’t change much for me. I would just have a written record of all the things I didn’t finish because I was so tired. But then I got to the part that said to just do what you can. Then I started imagining a written record of all the things I did get done. Great idea. Thank you.

    Stopping by from SITS. Have a great weekend.

    1. Have you ever heard of a “busy as a backward bee” list? The idea is that you keep a list of what you DID instead of what you NEED to do. I’ve done that before and it works! It’s kind of a game to see how many things you can put on the list.

      Homemaking and taking care of kids can seem pretty mundane sometimes so you have to do whatever you can to keep it interesting.

  3. Home management is not easy but can be fun, thanks for sharing these tips and for stopping by at TESHUVA.
    Hope you had a great Saturday ShareFest!
    God bless!

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