Cleaning Schedule For A Family Of Six

Cleaning isn’t anyone’s favourite task is it? However, as a relatively large family with four kids, two dogs and a guinea pig it is unfortunately somewhat of an essential part of my week as a stay at home Mum (well, I’m on maternity leave but you get the drift). We have two football obsessed teens, a child with a penchant for digging shit up and collecting rocks (please tell me this is just a phase?!), a baby with a talent for projectile vomiting and two dogs who refuse to stop digging up my garden and shedding their fur everywhere. That’s before the hundred million loads of laundry and constant catering to hungry bellies that is a daily fixture round these parts. So as you can imagine, life can get pretty grubby and I have had to create a system to cope with the mess otherwise it would quickly descend into an unmanageable heap of chaos resembling the local landfill site. I am by no means a clean freak but with the routine that I’m going to share with you, I do keep on top of things to the extent that I’d be happy to have someone drop by at a moments notice without feeling too ashamed about the state of the house.

There are certain tasks that have to be done every day without fail and for me these include:

  • Cleaning the toilets daily
  • A minimum of two loads of laundry (often more if there has been a poo explosion!)
  • Hoovering through the ground floor areas and stairs
  • Unloading and reloading the dishwasher a gazillion times
  • Wiping down the kitchen surfaces and dining table after every meal
  • Changing the kitchen bin

As well as the basic daily tasks I try to deep clean one room a day. My weekly routine looks something like this:

Use this weekly cleaning schedule to stay on top of all your household chores with a big family

Monday Cleaning

  • Strip all the beds and remake with fresh bedding
  • Wash and dry the bedding (no mean feat with four beds and a cot!)
  • Fold clean bedding and put away
  • Deep clean all the bathrooms including thoroughly mopping the floors and replacing toiletries (I do this task twice a week)

Tuesday Cleaning

  • Deep clean the living room – thorough hoover of floors, skirting boards and sofas, dusting all surfaces, changing and washing the sofa throws etc

Wednesday Cleaning

  • Deep clean the kitchen/dining/utility rooms – this actually does take ages because it’s quite a big space and stuff always needs tidying up first!

Thursday Cleaning

  • Deep clean the bedrooms and the hall areas – the older three kids are responsible for cleaning and tidying their own rooms so this just includes our bedroom and the nursery.
  • Do another quick clean of the bathrooms

Friday Cleaning 

Aside from the daily tasks above, I don’t do a deep clean on a Friday but instead I concentrate on meal planning and food shopping

  • Wash all the towels and replace with clean ones ready for the weekend
  • Create a family meal plan and do an online shop ready for delivery on Sundays

Saturday

  • Clean out the Guinea Pig cage
  • Wash school uniforms
  • Wash dogs bedding and beds
  • Clean out the fridge ready for new weekly shop
  • Clean out the inside of car and wash car if it isn’t raining (or I can be bothered!!)
  • Mr S will mow the lawns

Sunday

  • Sort the food shop delivery
  • Tackle the ironing pile that has built up during the week
  • Change all the bins in the house
  • Put the bins out ready for collection on a Monday

And that’s it. It sounds like a lot but realistically, if I keep on top of things and get the troops to help it doesn’t take more than about an hour a day (aside from the laundry!) Obviously, I have weeks where I don’t keep on top of things when the kids are ill or I just can’t be bothered but I find that for the most part I’ve gotten into quite a good routine with it now. There are still loads of jobs that don’t get done often enough like washing the inside of our windows and moving the furniture around to hoover underneath but I’m ok with that so long as the basics are kept on top of. Life is too short to be cleaning windows every week after all. If you are looking for some structure to your cleaning routine, this post might help you get started. If you have any tips to help me clean more efficiently then please let me know in the comments box below.

Until next time

xxx

 

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  1. April 26, 2016 / 7:19 pm

    sounds like you have it all in check. I have a cleaner :/ I work ft so I just need the extra help tbh! #TheBabyFormula
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    • April 27, 2016 / 7:07 pm

      I have tried cleaners but they never do a good enough job for the money they charge. If you have a good one they are so worth it though – thanks for your comment x
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  2. April 26, 2016 / 8:06 pm

    Wow! You are really on top of it all. Right now I am just jealous of you only having to vacuum once a week. That’s every day here! But I make the teen boy clean the bathroom so fair trade I suppose! #TheBabyFormula

  3. April 27, 2016 / 4:55 am

    Great to see someone else is as busy as me in the cleaning world! I clean my bathrooms daily too and people think I’m bonkers!

    • April 27, 2016 / 7:09 pm

      Haha nope you’re not alone – my mum taught me to clean them every day and to be honest with all the boys in my house its absolutely necessary! x
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  4. April 27, 2016 / 1:18 pm

    You are a machine! I’m not sure how on earth you have time to do that, and look after a baby…..oh and blog! I too try to stick to a schedule on a weekly basis like this, but I often finds it goes out of the window. Now that little one is practically crawling, it is going to be so much more tricky. Claire x

    • April 27, 2016 / 7:11 pm

      I definitely have days and weeks where I just cant be bothered keeping on top of it. Sophie is only 4 months so I’m sure I will get a lot less done when she is more mobile x
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  5. April 27, 2016 / 7:37 pm

    Wow, you seriously, SERIOUSLY put me to shame….is your name wonderwoman??! #thebabyformula
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    • April 28, 2016 / 3:56 pm

      No lol there are definitely days and weeks where I cant be bothered and it all falls to ruin around me x
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  6. April 27, 2016 / 8:36 pm

    Wow! You do so much. I am afraid I am nowhere near as organised as you wish cleaning. Need more hours in the day! Thanks for linking up to #TheList x

    • April 28, 2016 / 3:55 pm

      In all honesty, I really have to keep on top of it otherwise it gets unmanageable in what seems like a few days! Thanks for commenting x
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  7. April 28, 2016 / 12:37 pm

    Oh wow you really put me to shame! I need to get a cleaning schedule in place to keep on top of things here, but I’m not sure it’ll be as thorough as yours though, I’m very impressed! x #TheList

  8. April 29, 2016 / 1:51 pm

    I have a similar plan but for a 4-week cycle. Apart from my daily cleaning, the schedule includes weekly, fortnightly and monthly chores as well. I have a smaller house (a 2-bedrooms apartment) and it’s just me and the husband. So works well so far.

    Found you from Twitter! Looking forward to reading more about you <3
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    • April 29, 2016 / 2:13 pm

      Ooh that sounds much more organised but I’m glad I’m not the only one who loves a routine. Thanks for reading my blog lovely. If you enjoy it please think about subscribing – it’s free and means you won’t miss a post xx

  9. May 5, 2016 / 8:13 pm

    OMG you are SO organised! I understand you have to be, but wow, your house sounds so much cleaner than mine and I only have one toddler. Well done! I’m sorry I don’t have any tips…. this is an amazing and motivating post, thanks for sharing on #thebabyformula
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  10. August 18, 2016 / 7:49 pm

    It’s always so much easier to stay on track with house cleaning if you outline exactly what needs to be done and tend to it in a timely manner like you suggest here. It’s less stressful, and it ensures that every part of your home will be clean. Nice work! Thanks for the pointers!

    • August 19, 2016 / 6:21 pm

      It totally is! I have to admit, I have let it all slip a bit this past week and now I’m dreading catching up! It is so much easier to do that little bit every day isn’t it? Thanks so much for your comment x
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  11. October 17, 2016 / 6:36 am

    Very nice cleaning schedule,for a week.But it is much better to divide the tasks in family members also.Because cleaning can be perfect only when all the family members are involved.Thank you very much for posting!

  12. November 3, 2016 / 4:38 am

    Cleaning is a challenge for house wives.It really become terrible with a big family or small children.Schedule provided above really helped me in managing my cleaning schedule.Thanks for posting!

  13. January 11, 2017 / 9:16 pm

    Hi Fi, I am in total awe of you! It sounds as if you do a cracking job of staying on top of your housework. I do have certain things I do daily but wouldn’t dream of doing a deep clean on a daily basis. Your post goes to show that little is more in the long run and keeping on top of things reduces stress and tears.

    There is not one bit of cleaning advice I could give you.

    xx
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    • January 11, 2017 / 11:19 pm

      Ah thank you! A little bit at a time is definitely the way forward x

  14. January 13, 2017 / 3:40 pm

    I can only imagine how cleaning a house with six people would go. Sounds like a lot of mess! But if you can stay organized like you are then you can it isn’t as hard!

  15. January 16, 2017 / 9:10 am

    I am HOPELESS at this stuff. I procrastinate my way through the day so I then have to prioritise literally anything else over cleaning. This post is great though – some good solid pointers and actually properly cleaning 1 room a day seems manageable
    thanks! x

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