Helpful Tips for Organizing Household Tasks
Cleaning and maintaining a home can be a massive undertaking. Without a plan, it can seem impossible to accomplish all of the necessary tasks while also caring for children and maintaining your sanity. Perhaps your New Year’s resolution was to get organized or maybe you looked around one day and thought, “I can’t do this.” No matter what your reason, we are glad to help you with our tips on organizing your household tasks.
The first thing you need to do is make a list of all the household tasks you do. All of them. Now think of all the tasks you don’t (or rarely) do and write down those too. Then ask your partner in parenting what other tasks you may have forgotten and write all of those down in your list. Your list is going to be massive. It’s going to be daunting. It’s going to seem impossible to accomplish all of those items. The good news is, it’s not as bad as you think. Getting started can seem overwhelming, but bare with me for a minute and you’ll find that you will spend less of your time cleaning each day but your home will look better.
Once you have your list, you are going to determine how often each task needs to be completed. Divide your tasks into categories:
Bi-monthly (twice a month)
You can also make a “Projects” category for those projects you would like to get done when you have free time.
Now for the fun part: organizing everything so that it doesn’t all have to happen in one day!
You need a blank monthly calendar. Whatever you put in the “Daily” category is going to be done every day. This ensures that no matter what else happens, you will have food to eat and clean dishes to put that food on.
Take a look at your weekly jobs. Group similar jobs together and pick a day of the week that you are going to do them. If you have a day that is busy because your kids have scouts or basketball or you have a regular lunch date with friends, schedule that day a little lighter so that you are able to realistically complete all your tasks. For things like taking out the trash, consider your garbage pick up schedule.
Now, look at your bi-monthly jobs and see if there are similar jobs that would pair well with them. For example, I have weekly vacuuming scheduled on Tuesdays so it makes sense to do any bi-monthly vacuuming on those days since I will already have the vacuum out. Put these events on your calendar twice.
Monthly tasks need to go on the calendar only once. Find a good spot for those jobs. For the quarterly and yearly jobs, I reserve one day a month which I don’t schedule anything else. I pick from the list a job that hasn’t been done recently. Make sure to rotate the jobs so that each one gets done. I also have one day a month called “Pick a project!” in which I get to go to my project list and select something to do. I schedule this for the weekend so that I can enlist my husband for some quality kid time and I have time to work on what I want.
Here is a sample calendar with all of the daily, weekly, bi-monthly, monthly, yearly and quarterly tasks. You can see that I have scheduled very few jobs on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday so that we have lots of family time together and that I get a break from mopping, dusting, vacuuming, etc.
Organizing household tasks can be time consuming but I found that it is time well spent. Each day I have a clear list of tasks that need to be completed. Once they are done, I don’t have to worry about it. Before having my tasks organized, I felt like there was always something left to do at the end of the day and I was never able to catch up. I have a greater sense of accomplishment now and I actually spend less time attending to household tasks than I did before.