There are things in life you can’t truly prepare for. Technology is always changing, the ever-worsening hangover, or being the oldest person at a party. And there are things you just probably weren’t ready for, like the cost of toothpaste, or spilling a bottle of wine over your clothes. But for everything else, just a bit of preparation can go a long way.
Why Make a Cleaning Schedule?
When it comes to ongoing cleaning, a decent cleaning schedule will ensure that no job big or small is glossed over, as well as eliminating conflict by laying out in black and white what needs doing, when and by whom.
If the idea of a rota isn’t met with immediate enthusiasm, have no fear; here are a few benefits to win them over to following a simple cleaning schedule:
- Time-saving – yes, you heard it right: by scheduling household tasks in advance, you can completely eliminate the time wasted on working out who last did what
- Mess = stress – living in a cluttered house can increase anxiety, making it more difficult to relax in your own home. Furthermore, dirt and grime can lead to hygiene issues which could have serious health implications
- Although it can be tempting to put off that little job until tomorrow, when family suddenly visit or your tenancy is up, anxiety is likely to kick in when you realise just how much needs doing. A cleaning schedule means that you can stay on top of things. Or at least point to it and explain your good intentions.
Traditional vs Techie
When considering the format of your cleaning schedule it’s worth bearing the following options in mind:
– Calendar and fridge magnets
The old classic. Sticking a calendar to the front of the fridge means that no-one can use not having the schedule as an excuse to shirk their cleaning duties
– For those with housemates – Create a Facebook group
The ubiquity of social media means that it’s likely that you and all of your housemates will not only be on Facebook, but will also check your updates regularly. Create a group so that you can share the schedule online and set automated reminders to make things a little easier
– Share Google Docs
With the advantage of being incredibly simple to use and share, Google Docs allow you to create a rota that can be viewed and edited by everyone who has access to it. This could also be handy when it comes to other events like paying shared bills or organising a big night-out with a close knit of friends!
What to Include
There are a few factors to bear in mind once you’ve decided on a format for your cleaning schedule. An effective schedule should include the following:
- Differentiate between large, infrequent tasks and day-to-day chores
- Remember to include all shared living spaces such as the kitchen, living room, bathroom, toilet and hallways
- It’s important that you’re not ‘laying down the law’ the cleaning schedule is an authority that you all have to defer to. It is in charge, not you.