Cleaning

Daily Cleaning Schedule {Free Printable}

Feel like your home is a constant mess? I've got a free cleaning schedule printable with Daily, Weekly, and Monthly chores on the blog today! I've learned the hard way that chores just don't get done in our home unless they are on some sort of schedule or to-do list. My husband and I anticipate incredibly busy work schedules throughout 2016 and I'm worried the house will be neglected if I don't plan ahead. I can quickly clean a kitchen but it's the rest of the house that may be forgotten.

This New Year felt like the perfect opportunity to print out my personal tried and true cleaning system!

When we're together as a family, we try to spend as much time hanging out and bonding as possible. If I know the laundry will be done on a certain day, I relax and spend any spare time I have with my family. This is why I only include Monday-Friday on the printable.

Also, this schedule is strictly for interior cleaning so you'll need to add on to it if you want to include the exterior of your home. I know this schedule won't work for everyone but it works great for our family and household needs.

Want to print a copy? Just click the photo or this link and your download will automatically begin. Woo-hoo!

Daily Cleaning Schedule

AM

  • Make beds
  • Empty dishwasher
  • Clear off kitchen counters
  • Weekly chore

PM

  • Load dishwasher
  • Clean kitchen
  • Declutter living room
  • Weekly chore

Weekly Cleaning Schedule

MON

  • Tidy any leftover weekend mess
  • Vacuum/sweep all rooms

TUE

  • Laundry
  • Wipe all kitchen and bathroom counters

WED 

  • Laundry
  • Clean bathroom toilets & showers/tubs

THU

  • Laundry
  • Mop

FRI

  • Monthly chore

Monthly Cleaning Schedule

1st WEEK

  • Dust furniture, frames, & decor

2nd WEEK

  • Deep clean kitchen appliances

3rd WEEK

  • Wipe down moldings & doors

4th WEEK

  • Spot clean furniture, carpet, & rugs

What's on your cleaning schedule? 

How to Get Crayon Out of Clothes

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My son loves crayons and also loves to help with the laundry. I'm sure you know exactly where this story is going.

I don't know when he placed the crayons in the dryer but his timing unfortunately coincided with a full load of Mom and Dad's stuff. To make matters worse, the clothes were mostly whites and light colors. Oh, and did I mention how much he loves the color RED thanks to Daniel Tiger and Elmo? It looked like a Crayola crime scene when I opened the dryer.

I will forgive my sweet boy because, really, there's nothing to forgive. He thought he was helping Mom with her chores. How can I resist his innocent, cheerful attitude?

But I still wasn't sure how I was going to get the stains out! I mixed a witch's concoction of cleaning and laundry supplies and it seemed to do the trick.

Here's how to get crayon out of clothes.

  1. Scrape away as much crayon as possible, being careful not to smear the melted wax if the clothes are still warm from the dryer.
  2. Spot treat the stains with dish liquid or spot treatment.
  3. While your treatment is soaking, remove all crayons from your dryer and wipe away residue with a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser.
  4. Run washer on the hottest water setting so the crayons remelt off of the clothing.
  5. Insert 1 cup 20 Mule Team Borax, 1 cup All Ultra Oxi Laundry Detergentand 1 cup Oxicleanpowder.
  6. Add the clothing once the powders have dissolved. Let the load soak for 30 minutes-1 hour.
  7. Check for stains. Repeat as necessary.
  8. Only dry your clothing once you are satisfied that all of the stains have been removed.

I was successful using this method but only after learning a few lessons.

First, the crayon stains in the dryer are easier to clean up before they cool and harden. Scraping them off may cause damage so I recommend wiping everything down ASAP. If you can, have one person spot treat the clothes while another cleans the dryer at the same time.

Second, you must wash everything in the hottest water possible. Unfortunately for me, I had some delicates in this load and made the mistake of running the washer on the Warm setting first. The stains did not comeout and I had to re-wash them again.

If you have a smiling, helpful toddler then you may run into this problem like I did. Learn from my mistake and willingly accept their help, but hide all of the crayons on a high shelf. Good luck!

Have you ever found crayons in the dryer? How did you get them out? 

Why Dirty Dishes Don't Matter

Before you get too excited and start shouting "I'm never doing the dishes again!" this post isn't about never doing your dishes. Because that would be extremely gross! But I really think you should feel guilt-free if your breakfast plate doesn't get clean until later. I was obsessive about washing and drying my dishes after every single meal and I slowly realized it decreased my overall efficiency.

Nowadays, I worry less and you should too. Here's why:

There are Better Things to Do

Your to-do list is long and never-ending, right? I can relate because I have the same problem. And every time I look at those plates I think, "It'll only take a few seconds to wash them and then I won't have to worry about them!"

But you and I know that's not necessarily true! It's a few minutes here and a few minutes there. I find that I lose momentum in completing my to-do list if I interrupt my focus to wash a few spoons, even for a "few minutes."

Your Kids are More Important

"Hold on a second, I'm finishing these up." We've all said it to our kids at some point. And yes there are situations where, seriously, they need to just chill for one second. But for dishes? Are they really more important than taking the time to be present with your little ones?

Yes, you've already read The Hungry Caterpillar four times. But they're not going to ask you for the rest of their lives. They can only snuggle in your lap for so many years. Drop that dishcloth and go play with your kids!

Your Guests are More Important

Like I said in the beginning, I washed my dishes after every single meal. It's not uncommon and it's not crazy by any means!

When I spent my first holiday with my in-laws I was confused as to why we all didn't go into the kitchen and start washing and drying as soon as we were done eating. We're family after all, aren't we supposed to help clean up? But they wanted to sit and chat and left the dishes for later. I just kept thinking, "This is so weird...and incredibly refreshing!"

Holidays and get-togethers are about spending time together. NOT spending time in the kitchen cleaning up! Enjoy your dessert and pack the leftovers later.

They'll Be There Tomorrow

There will always always ALWAYS be dishes! You're still eating aren't you? You'll need plate for that sandwich, won't you? If you don't clean them this afternoon, you can catch them after the next meal.

It's Good to Eat In

Every time I see my dishwasher half full of dirty plates I think, "Good! We haven't been eating out!" I wrote about how much money we save from eating inand seeing extra dirty dishes is a good sign, not a bad one.

I'm not sure who created the rule that you have to clean your dishes after every meal but I'm sure even they got sick of that schedule. It's important to get to your chores done but there's always something more pressing to do in the busy afternoon.

Nobody feels comfortable around a host who ignores them or a parent who has better things to do than hang out with them. Spend time with your family and friends and give yourself permission to not feel guilty about it!

Do you clean your dishes after every meal? Do you think it helps or hurts your efficiency in getting things done? 

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5 Steps to a Clean Kitchen

Who has the extra time to keep their kitchen sparkling clean at all hours of the day? I'm both a work-from-home and stay-at-home mom. I'm lucky if I am able to eat a pb&j sandwich before 11:00am! But a tidy kitchen always gives a nice boost to the day. It can make you feel like all of the dirty laundry in the world doesn't matter because you can find a clean coffee cup and there's no junk on the countertops.

I don't have a lot of time in the morning (or afternoon...or evening...) so I like to use a quick system to freshen things up before the day gets away from me.

Follow these 5 easy steps for the fastest way to clean your kitchen and you'll never find yourself in an overwhelming mess again!

1. Empty your sink.

If it's 11pm and you're all but ready to fall into bed, clear your sink out AT THE VERY LEAST. No need to wash the dishes! Just rinse and stack. In fact, I don't think there's any need to wash your dishes after every meal. But there's just something about an empty sink that will make your rushed morning 1,000x easier.

Stacked dishes give the appearance of order and control, regardless of whether they have actually been washed.

2. Clean off the counters.

That random leftover sandwich is an unpleasant sight to see if you've already had a tough day or just have a long day ahead of you. Do yourself a favor and clear the whole counter off.

The first time you tackle this may mean going through old junk mail or finally designating a place for odds and ends. But if you clear things off every day it will only take a minute or two from that point on.

3. Sweep the floor.

Stop stepping over the spilled Cheerios and do a quick sweep around the kitchen floor. Nothing looks more ridiculous than walking around food because you don't want to crush it with your socks. (Don't worry, we've all been guilty once or twice!)

4. Clean the splatters.

Grab a washcloth and spend 30 seconds scrubbing if that's all the time you have. That spaghetti sauce has been there since Tuesday.

I personally do a wipe down after every single meal because grease and dust on the cooking range hood really grosses me out. It also helps me avoid the layers of grime that like to build up after I fry something on the stove.

5. Take out the trash.

Oh no, you have unexpected company! You can explain away the random papers laying in the entryway ("I'm writing a very important article on junk mail.") but you can't explain away the overflowing, smelly trash. It's unpleasant for your guests but it's also unpleasant for you too!

Following a simple routine can make all the difference in the world when it comes to your kitchen. Keeping things tidy will only take a few minutes if that's all you have. There's no need to do a two hour deep cleaning session! Start by making the dirty dishes look organized and follow that up with a quick clean of the countertops. Then sweep away the crumbs and wipe the splatters from last night's lasagna. Spend 30 seconds taking out the trash and you are officially a Kitchen Boss!

What is your routine for cleaning the kitchen?