If you need a monthly home cleaning and organization calendar, look no further. Everything you need is right here. I am a “neat-freak” and I freely admit it. I have enjoyed cleaning and organizing spaces since I was a little girl. A friend coined the term “Mellie-nize” when he decided that anything he needs to clean/organize in his house, he needs to think like me and “Mellie-nize” it.
Tip: Think like a “neat-freak”
If you think it needs to be cleaned/organized, it probably does. Your space is a reflection of you. It is very freeing, mentally and physically, to have a home that is free of clutter & mess. Don’t put your home on the back-burner. Make it a priority to get your house in shape. Engage your family, because you can not do it alone. Even I can’t do it alone! My husband helps to respect my work, by doing simple things like taking off his shoes before he comes in the house. My son has been my helper since before he could walk. I started early teaching him that things need to be loved, put away, cleaned up and taken care of. He helps me with various tasks around the house, even at 4 years old. These are life-skills that are wonderful and desirable, and are never too early to teach.
Tip: Start Small
If you are starting from scratch, or have just begun to tackle your home cleaning, start small. Don’t be overwhelmed by trying to include all of the tasks in the first month. It will probably take you several months to establish a routine that works for you. Prioritize and begin with the tasks that need to be done the most.
Tip: If you use a maid/cleaning service
If you are already using a maid/cleaning service, you can simply adapt this calendar accordingly. If there are certain tasks the maid service is doing weekly, or bi-weekly, that is something you know you won’t have to include in your routine/calendar. A good idea would be to develop two separate calendars, one that the maid sticks to, and one that you & your family stick to.
Tip: Begin by breaking down tasks into: weekly, daily, monthly, yearly
A good way to begin developing your calendar/routine, is to break down the tasks by frequency. I have a lot of hardwood floors that are very high maintenance to keep up to my cleaning standards. So, for me, these are cleaned pretty much every day. If you have a lower maintenance main floor, you may not have to work on your floors every day like I do.
Tip: How to use the calendar
Every day on the calendar is my cleaning routine for that day. I rarely miss a day completely, and if I do, I plan ahead and re-work my schedule for that month. At the bottom of each day in italics, is the special project for that day. Once you have everything all clean and organized, you may not have to include a special project every day. Some of those special projects could be done on an every 3-month, or 6-month schedule.
At the top of the calendar are tasks that I do every single day. This is just a quick way to look at all of your daily tasks in a quick list format. Additionally, all of the weekly/once-a-week tasks are also listed at the top. Again, it’s just a visual way of seeing the weekly tasks in a quick list format.
At the bottom are tasks that are performed less frequently, but that still need to be included. For example, about every 3 months, I clean out all of our bathroom sink stoppers and drains. Every 6 months, I like to clean my windows. Adapt this routine to whatever works for you.
Below is a copy of my calendar, available for you to use or download. Develop a schedule that works for you. You can also download an editable copy Monthly Cleaning Calendar.