A Flexible House Cleaning Schedule That Works!

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One of the biggest challenges we struggle with as homemakers is finding a house cleaning schedule that works. There are so many different printables and systems out there! However, many of them are way too complicated or just may not fit our particular style or circumstances. Well, I hit on a way to make a flexible house cleaning schedule that works REALLY well for me and I want to share it with you, too: loop scheduling! 

Loop scheduling does several great things for you and your house cleaning schedule: 

  • Easy to set up and use
  • Flexible and easy to adjust as you find out what works and what doesn’t
  • Handles all your tasks without overwhelming you
  • Simplifies your work 
  • You will never be behind. (right? you just fell over.)

Brilliant! Use loop scheduling for a flexible house cleaning schedule that works!

Let’s get started! Together we’ll make a house cleaning schedule that works.

First, you’ll want to download the FREE loop scheduling printable. Go ahead and print out the homemaking one. 

Next, watch the video on how loop scheduling works to get an idea of how I use this tool in my homemaking, homeschooling, and even blogging. It will give you a basic idea of what we’re doing here. 

NOW, let’s focus on how to make that homemaking loop schedule work for you! 

Brainstorm Your Tasks for Your House Cleaning Schedule

Take out a piece of paper and brainstorm some things with me. Write down all the things that you HAVE to do every day (or at least the things you know you probably SHOULD do each day). Here is an example: 

  • Wash dishes
  • Clean up from meals
  • Sweep floors
  • Quick clean up of bathrooms
  • Tidy living room
  • Clear and wipe off table and counters
  • Meal plan & prep for next day

You can throw in some things that aren’t specifically cleaning related but you want to do daily to help your home run smoother, like the meal planning task.

Now cross of the things you already do each day out of habit and don’t need on a checklist. You get to have 6 tasks maximum, and that’s intentional. This is your daily-do’s list! 

The Daily-Do’s are not a looping schedule. They are the short list of daily work that you want to accomplish each day for a more efficient and orderly home. Put things on this list that you struggle to do each day but want to work on. If you’re struggling in your homemaking right now, don’t fill in all the spots! Start with two or three and add to it later. 

Now let’s set up our loop for the house cleaning schedule!

House Cleaning Schedule Loop 

Now brainstorm all the tasks that you would like to do in your home each week or each month. These aren’t things you’d do every day but you still want to make sure they get done. They are the tasks most often neglected that end up making us feel overwhelmed and in chaos! 

You get 10 tasks to choose for your loop. Again, this is intentional. Part of the reason our elaborate checklists and systems for a house cleaning schedule fail is because they are TOO complicated. Let’s set ourselves up for success! 

Once you have your list, underline the things that need to be done more than once in a one or two week period. You’ll add those multiple times to your loop. The idea is that each day you do your daily tasks, then one or two items on your looping schedule. The video you watched explains this in more detail, but here is an example: 

  • Clean and organize laundry room
  • Deep clean bathrooms
  • Mop downstairs floors
  • Tidy clothes drawers
  • Tidy closets
  • Dust
  • Mop downstairs floors
  • Organize toys
  • Tidy bedrooms and change linens
  • Wipe windows and mirrors

This is it! This is a great daily and looping schedule that will make your house cleaning schedule sing. If you miss a day due to sickness or just fall off the housecleaning wagon for a while, it’s fine! Just start back up and do the next things. You are never behind. 🙂 

Variations on the Loop Schedule 

There are many ways you can approach looping for a house cleaning schedule that really works for you. This month I’ll be adding several different examples and some trainings on loop scheduling in the Proverbial Homemaker eCourse, so be sure to get that if you haven’t already! I am happy to personally help anyone who purchases the system to set up a loop schedule that fits their needs. 

For now, I’m going to share one cool trick with you: The add-on loop! This is a great way to stick to your 10-item loop but work in other lists of tasks that also need to be handled in your house cleaning schedule. 

Creating an Add-On Loop in Your House Cleaning Schedule

You know those intense spring cleaning efforts that happen each year? Consider adding a “spring cleaning” add-on loop and take it on bit-by-bit over the whole year!

Get your loop schedule printable and turn it over. Walk through the house and write down all the things you’d want to declutter, organize, or deep clean. Get them all! It can be a running list you can add to later. 

Loop scheduling for house cleaning schedule that is simple and also incorporates spring cleaning you can do in small amounts all year long.

Loop scheduling for house cleaning schedule that is simple and also incorporates spring cleaning you can do in small amounts all year long.

Here’s how to do create the add-on loop: 

  1. Turn your loop schedule printable over
  2. Write down a list of all the spring cleaning tasks 
  3. Now replace one of your loop items with “spring cleaning”
  4. Each time you come to that item in the loop, turn over the page and pick a task
  5. Cross off each spring cleaning tasks as you do it

So, let’s take my example schedule. 

  • Clean and organize laundry room
  • Deep clean bathrooms
  • Mop downstairs floors
  • Tidy clothes drawers
  • Spring cleaning
  • Dust
  • Mop downstairs floors
  • Organize toys
  • Tidy bedrooms and change linens
  • Wipe windows and mirrors

The day that I get to my spring cleaning task, I flip over the page and choose an item. You could also just go down the list, but I don’t like that pressure. 🙂 So I choose to clean behind the fridge and oven. Or perhaps get that long duster out and dust the high ceilings. Done!

There are several other ways to utilize the add-on loop that I’ll cover in the Proverbial Homemaker eCourse as well, but this is a great way to work less frequent tasks into your house cleaning schedule and keep things running smoothly!

What do you think? How can you customize looping to make a house cleaning schedule you will love? 

This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. The add-on loop = genius. How have I never thought of this??? My house just may get clean after all. Thanks!

    1. It really is helpful!

  2. This is great! I, too, am domestically challenged. Maybe with this, I can finally feel like I’m accomplishing something every day!

    1. I hope it helps you as much as it helped me! 🙂

  3. The hardest room to keep organized is my office at home. It’s a safe place to put things in a hurry when guest are coming over.
    Any help please.

    1. I would find a bin or a small table to put nearby, and maybe some hooks, or all of those things! – basically a place to keep those things so they don’t end up on the desk!

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