Creating a Home Management Binder
Weekly Cleaning Schedule
As a newly married couple, future parents-to-be, and full-time out of the house workers, home management doesn’t always make it to our top list of things to do when we get home in the evenings. From the start of our life as two, I have always been amazed how two loads of laundry a week somehow turned into three and that there is a never-ending battle of keeping the house tidy when you no longer live in it by yourself. With one house in a state of moving out and the other in a renovation state, we sometimes feel that we are living out of a suitcase, even though we technically have two houses!
Luckily, the first house is set to close at the end of this month so with the exception of needing to get a move on it (or out of it), it will be a nice change of pace to have just one house to come home too. Although the renovations are far from complete (between Mardi Gras and a dreaded cold that struck our family, we are a little behind schedule), we will have to make the best of it for a few months.
When life turns chaotic, there are two things that keep me sane – balance and order. Due to my Type A nature, that means it is time to create a few lists, plans, and schedules. Even when the list is overwhelming, there is a small piece of pleasure in scratching an item off as complete or putting in a check mark for job well done.
One item that I have always wanted to create is a home management binder. If you are not familiar with home management binders, there are many resources out there to get you started. In a nutshell, it is a physical binder that contains lists and documents that assist with running the home.
We are going to put the starting piece together today. Once it is complete, we will pull it all together so you can refer back to it later. Let’s be honest, it’s a bit anal retentive, but it gives me peace of mind and a sense of accomplishment.
The first piece of our home management binder is a weekly cleaning schedule. Right now, we clean as we go and I just know that tasks are getting swept under the rug. This schedule will, at the very least, show us what needs to be completed. Some people like to break tasks down by room and others by job (i.e. dusting, floors, etc.). I prefer to do a combination – dusting, bathroom, kitchen, living areas + floors. There daily items at the top which help to keep the home in working order. I also added in two days for laundry, which is all our family needs.
On Friday, it is a dedicated “swing day.” Rather than creating a “spring cleaning schedule,” this day will be dedicated for monthly and quarterly seasonal tasks. That is next on my list so once complete, I will have it posted.
For now, here is our family’s weekly cleaning schedule. Feel free to print it out as your own or use it as inspiration for your own cleaning schedule.