Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Cleaning Zones -Part 2

I finally finished my chore cards. Each week I will tackle wither week 1's chore's or week 2's as well as one quarterly chore card. That gives me 5 cards with about 5 chores to do each week that I'm home. If I do that plus my daily tasks I should be able to stay on top of keeping things clean. I listed the plan in detail here.

I like these cards because they're bright and concise and store easily on my refrigerator door.

In addition to the chore cards I made a list of seasonal chores and broke them down into monthly tasks. If I have a huge list for spring cleaning I get easily overwhelmed and none of it gets done, but by having 2-3 small tasks to do each month they yearly tasks around the house will get done. Some tasks need to be done twice a year so those are listed under 2 months.

This system is new but so far it works for me.

Here is that list.

Seasonal Tasks


Deep clean fridge & freezer

Self clean oven


Deep clean rugs, carpets, duvets & futon cover

Wash pillows and stuffed animals

Wash and clean all Reusable bags and luggage bags


Smoke detector batteries (DST)

Summer prep- rotate clothes and bedding (swim suites and jersey sheets)


Clean trashcans & outdoor furniture (including grill)

Clean off patio, porch & garage


Book & magazine purge

Dust all books & clean book shelves


Clean out clothes storage containers & purge clothes

(Put pins on hangers to mark what has been worn in 1 year)

Wash windows & clean screens


Wash doors, light fixtures, fans, etc.

Clean washer &dryer

Replace all filters (fridge, AC, vacuum etc.) & clean vents


Wash curtains

Dust photos & artwork.

Clean & organize storage space (basement or attic)

Wash and clean all Reusable bags and luggage bags


Mop under furniture, including closet floors

Dust walls and baseboards


Rake Leaves,

Update CD and DVD collections (purge & alphabetize)


Smoke detector batteries (DST)

Change out baking soda in fridge and freezer

Winter prep- rotate clothes and bedding (scarves, hats & flannel sheets)


Purge & organize craft supplies

Clean out and organize all storage closets

Purge files

What do you do for your chores? What am I leaving off of my list? or how can I make the system better?


My name is Caroline said...

Girl, it doesn't seem like you're leaving anything off! Our chore list is simply me seeing it and doing it, ha! Not so organized as far as cleaning goes... Good for you, Vanessa!

RookieMom Whitney said...

Brilliant. Can you just send me a copy of those cards?!