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How to effectively schedule your house chores

Christina Holt is a blogger and freelance writer who lives in Southern California with her husband and three boys. Christina uses her love of design, adventures in parenting and teaching background as inspiration for her writing on numer...

Plan ahead and get it done

Schedule your housework to get things done in a timely fashion and to ensure they get done each and every week.
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You can be a working mom, stay-at-home mom, working professional or bachelor and still stay on top of your chores — without a hassle.

A daily cleaning schedule

One of the most efficient ways to break up the household chores is to have a daily chore schedule. If you are not afraid of monotony and would rather get a little bit done at a time — or if your work or school schedule only allows you to accomplish small amounts of housework at a time — this is a perfect option. A daily schedule can also work to schedule chores for older children and to help encourage younger children to help with the housework. It can help keep family members accountable, creates a steady routine and gets the house clean on a weekly basis.

Here's a perfect example of a daily schedule that gives you one day off as a reward for all your hard work.cleaning supplies

  • Monday: Dishes and kitchen
  • Tuesday: Bathrooms
  • Wednesday: Surface clean and organizing
  • Thursday: Dusting and vacuuming
  • Friday: Trash and start laundry
  • Saturday: Finish laundry, fold and put away
  • Sunday: Take the day off

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Tip: Get your house chores done and out of the way early in the day and after a well-balanced breakfast. You're more likely to complete your chores and complete them faster after a good night's rest and a healthy meal.

A weekend cleaning schedule

Maybe a schedule or daily routine doesn't sound appealing or doesn't work for your situation. A weekend schedule might be a better fit and is often easier for working parents, people who travel for work or would rather enjoy a clean house — and for people who prefer more days off from cleaning house. There are many ways to arrange a weekly schedule, but it's usually best to take one to two days to really focus on your chores and spend a little more time in sections of the house, instead of separate rooms.

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Other ways to schedule your household chores

Designating specific chores to family members is a good way to take the pressure off of yourself, get children involved and keep your house clean. An easy way to delegate — and ensure everyone is happier with his or her chores instead of feeling forced — is to do a trial run.

  • Do a trial run for two to three weeks, alternating chores between you and your family members.
  • At the end of the trial run, list out all of the chores your family must do to keep the house in clean running order.
  • Divide up the chores based on the number of people.
  • Ask each family member to pick his or her top favorites from the list.
  • Assign each family member chores based on their favorites and what's available.
  • You can also go a step further and assign days (especially to work around school, sports, work and other activities).

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