How often should you tackle various house cleaning chores?
If it's been a while since you actually considered the work to be done around the home daily, weekly, monthly, seasonally, and yearly, chances are you could use a cleaning primer.
In just about every section of this website, I've talked a lot about which chores kids can do and how old they need to be to do them. I've been less specific, though, about which chores need to be done when.
This is because it's a very individual choice. Your family's chore list is sure to be very different from my family's list.
Your family's chore list will differ depending on so many factors, such as how many kids you have and how old they are, the layout of your home, whether or not you have pets, where you live, how much (or how little) your family is home, and how meticulous you and the family intend to be with your housekeeping routine. But to give you a guide to create your own house cleaning timetable, I'd like to offer you mine.
Let's come clean here. The daily grind is challenging enough - and I'm just talking about the kids, carpools, and errands here - so don't let this daily cleaning list ruffle your feathers as you create your house cleaning timetable.
After all, now that you've rallied the troops, you'll have plenty of help getting the essential done daily. And exactly what those essentials are in your home is entirely your call!
However, for the record, here's what we do at my house:
Here's how the kids can help with daily chores by age.
Check out how kids can help with this list of bedroom chores for kids.
Here are the chores that I feel should be done once a week. Because these are a bit harder, I've exempted the 2-and-under crowd from some of these weekly chores.
Here's how the kids can help with kitchen chores by age.
Here's how kids can help with bedroom chores.
Bathroom chores for kids by age.
Here are chores that should be done once a month:
Here a how the kids can help with monthly chores by age.
Some chores need to be done only in certain seasons.
Here are a few examples:
How kids can help with seasonal chores by age.
These chores need to be done only once a year:
Here are some yearly chores kids can help with.
To add home maintenance chores to your house cleaning timetable, check out the preventative maintenance schedule.