How to effectively schedule your house chores

Sep 13, 2012 at 1:49 p.m. ET

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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