Getting Organized: Cleaning Calendar

UPDATE: This post has been updated at “A Cleaning Calendar You Can’t Live Without“. If you’d like a free template to create your own schedule, click here.

As a full-time working mom, wife, and employee, I can get pretty overwhelmed with all of my daily duties and responsibilities. Do you? Not only am I working full time, but I’m also running my daughter around to her dance (she’s on a competitive dance team that practices two days a week/3-hours a day). I’m also involved in my church teaching the youth on Sundays and holding youth activities on Wednesdays. Thursday evenings are my “me” time where twice a month I attend a Book Club and also a Home and Garden Club. Friday evenings are my date night with my husband. Yes, there are things I could cut out, but I feel each are important.:I think it’s important my daughter develop her talents. I think it’s important that I have my “me” time. I think it’s important to strengthen my spirituality. And I think it’s important my husband and I continue to build our relationship. Where’s my husband in this picture, you ask? Well, he’s a manager and works 60-70 hour weeks, 6 days a week. Enough said.

The problem? How do I keep up with housework? Sometimes I feel so overwhelmed when it hits a Saturday and I have the whole house in front of me. Granted, I do have my family to help, but (I know. There’s always a but, right?) they too can feel overwhelmed and want their play time. So after I scoured the Internet for some ideas (isn’t the Web amazing?), I came up with my OWN cleaning calendar that fits my lifestyle. Here’s what I came up with that’s working for us and maybe it might help you, too. Hang it up on the fridge as your daily reminder. My family, of course, gets in on the chores. Together we can wipe everything out on the list in a jiff. (The word “jiff” is my mantra. It’s gotta be quick or I won’t do it.) Sometimes things creep up and we’re not able to get to it all–after all, that’s life right? Everything isn’t a cookie-cutter day. So I either use a Saturday to catch up, or it goes without doing and I try not to stress out over it. It’s part of life.  (8×11 PDF Version)





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Jen is owner, author, and creative mind behind Bakerette. Jen eats a vegan diet and recently converted Bakerette to a plant-based website that offers a smattering of healthful recipes! Jen is author of the cookbook Festive Feasts: Meals and Memories from Halloween to Christmas, which can be purchased online at Amazon or Barnes & Noble.


  1. Jeannine says:

    This is very helpful. When do you grocery shop?

    • Hi Jeannine. I’m glad you find it helpful. I usually do my shopping early Saturday mornings. I’m an early bird, so I get up and head to the store.

  2. Great tips! Adding to our Kawartha Lakes Mums cleaning tips Pinterest board!

  3. I am a single father of two girls, with a full time job! The girls are 5 and 2 so they can help a little but not so much. I hate feeling like I am CONSTANTLY cleaning! I like to keep a clean house and I’m sort of OCD. I am incorporating this schedule today and I hope it will allow me more quality time with my girls! Thank you so much for posting, I just wanted you to know this helps dads too! ;)

  4. This is perfect!! I work FT, have a PT job one day a week, and school 2 nights a week..we’re saving for a house so in the meantime my boyfriend and I are in a cramped tiny apartment that I sometimes feel is harder to keep up with than a house would be (every corner is lived in and the messes are condensed into a smaller space). When his daughter comes to visit a few days a week its even harder and I feel like I just can’t keep up. I reorganize things often(bimonthly minimum) to weed out what we don’t need and better fit everything. I found an amazing schedule for that (one small task a day) but for everyday cleaning the ones I found never really accounted for when life throws you a curve ball day much less a schedule like mine.

    • You sound like one busy gal Rosemary! I so hope that this can help you in some small, yet hopefully BIG, way! I know it is a lifesaver to me. Have a wonderful day and good luck with all that you do!! Thanks for stopping by.

  5. Jen this is fantastic!! Just what I need to get myself organized…would love this template where I could type in a weekly schedule. Thanks for sharing this :)

  6. Kelly Boyd says:

    This is fantastic! School is starting for my High School Senior and my 7th Grader tomorrow and I think this would be great to help my house stay cleaned and give us all time to do our favorite things!

  7. This will help me as a retired person. I need to divide some of the cleaning chores and hadn’t found the correct combination. Thank you so much!!!!

  8. What about bathrooms?!

  9. Tanis Antler says:

    This would be so great for our household!! would love a template also!!

  10. This is just the best! I too would like to know how to get the template!

  11. This is great!! I would also love to have a template I could edit. Thanks so much!!

  12. I’d love a copy of the template as well when it is ready.

  13. Annagrace Y says:

    The template would be amazing! Could you email me when you have that done?

  14. Is there away this can be altered to fit my needs. I love the idea and the format but some of the things don’t fit us and I would love to talor it to our needs. Thanks

  15. Jessica R. says:

    I love this list! I came across it on Pinterest and now am trying to incorporate it into my life. I am a young adult about to go off to college and am trying to learn how to manage a household to some extent. Thank you for this!

    • Awww, thank you so much Jessica for the shout out! You really made my day hearing this from you! I’m glad you LOVE it! It’s helped me out immensely! Thank you for taking the time to comment.

  16. Nikole W says:

    I cant tell you how important this is going to be to my household!! I dont know how I’ve survived without it!! Thanks!

    • So glad to help out! It’s helped me out immensely. Of course, I’ve always needed a schedule to keep me intact! Thank you for taking the time to comment. Have a great day Nikole!

  17. Ahh…so this is the famous Cleaning Calendar! Going to print it and use it! Deb @

  18. Karla Houghtalin says:

    Thanks for sharing this. I have really struggled working and trying to care for my home. I am often overwhelmed and this is a great calendar.

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