My new cleaning system

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

First off... this looks much more complicated than it really is! My SIL learned this from a lady's mother in her ward and she finished hers and showed it to me. IT. IS. AWESOME. I feel so organized. I think my house is cleaner for just having finished this little project! :)

The whole idea is you assign each day specific areas of your home and on those days, you just do surface cleaning. For me.. that's basically putting stuff in their place OR those cleaning things you do FRANTICALLY before someone is making a surprise visit :)

Then, you pick 2 days of the week to do your deep cleaning. I chose days where my weekly duties were lighter than the rest. That is where this little sheet below comes in. I split my home areas up into 6 different areas equally. Then I proceeded to list every single thing that would need to be done if I were moving out. Pretty much things I never clean until I have to move. Embarrassing I know. :) This was the hardest part.


Then, I took each of those duties, from each of the 6 sections, and evenly divided those into 8 parts. (in the picture, you can see there are enough for each Wed/Sat a month) So this ensures that at least every 6 months you are cleaning those pesky baseboards (that in my house don't get cleaned until I move - except for the bathroom. Those get cleaned every time I clean the bathroom! Yuck..)


I put them in a fun cheap little Target photo book. January and July are paired together, same with February and August, etc. I just move these little cards below into their places when that month comes around.


Below is Tuesday. Kind of a normal day without any deep cleaning but I also added cleaning out the fridge as a weekly duty so nothing gets left/lost in there for too long. :)


I originally had Wed/ Sat as my deep cleaning days but since it actually worked out better for me, I moved it to Thurs/Sat. I make sure I put all the deep cleaning duties that Clint needs to help with on Saturdays. After I finish my deep cleaning duties for that week, I take that card and move it to the back (in the same slot - there are 3 cards behind it that you can't see)


I love love love this!! And I don't feel stressed out about it. Who cares if I don't get my deep cleaning done for this week. I'll do it again in 6 months and that's a ton better than not doing it at all!! :) It's personal for me and my house which I also love. Whenever we move someday, I'll probably do it again since the rooms/spaces will be different. Start to finish, it was quite a bit of work but now I feel like when my home gets too out of control to clean all at once, I feel like this offers a good start to getting me back on track. Especially if I lose my steam/go on vacation. :)

11 Wisecracks:

Rachel said...

Wow! That is extremely organized. I should probably do something like this . . . I honestly cannot remember the last time I cleaned my bathroom. I hate cleaning so. so. so. SO. much. Good work, lady :-)

Danielle said...

I want to come look at yours and have you help me do it for mine! I need a cleaner house!

Heather said...

I need this! You have to teach me!!

Gretchen said...

Guess what you will be helping me with when you come down... :)

Anthony and Erin Mills said...

oooo what a great idea!!!! I will have to make one up for my house. I hate cleaning base boards!

Aimee said...

Ummm... ok. So, now you need to make one of these for my house. :) Great idea!

Megan B ♥ said...

I like this idea. And I like the CUTENESS of it. Cuteness is inspiring. Now if I could get you to come to my house and do the actual work....

Taylor said...

That is awesome. I SO need to do that. You should teach a class! Are you working at Pebbles again? I thought I saw you in there the other day, but it didn't really register until I left the store. I am in there WAY too often.

Holly Thaxton said...

That is awesome!! So organized.. Cute Blog, Audrey- Love it

Melissa said...

I know you don't know me, but I used to shop at Pebbles, and now that I moved I shop there online. I've followed your story with Darbi and LOVE reading your blog. Anyways, could you post the pages for the cleaning system. I'm very interested in using this. Thanks!

Kendra Owens said...

I love it and am going to still your idea when we move into our house!!