Now that school is back in session, I want to share my printable 30-day Fall Cleaning Schedule to help you start the school year off with a clean, organized home.
Of course, there’s still plenty of great summer weather going on, and nobody wants to miss out on that. Whether your work is raising kids or you work outside the home, we can all agree there are things more fun than cleaning the house.
Personally, I’m a big believer in breaking big projects down over the course of several days, or even an entire month. That’s precisely what this printable Fall Cleaning Schedule accomplishes. By spreading the work out over 30 days, you never have to spend a lot of time doing such a dreaded chore.
You don’t need to worry about the rest of your home falling apart while you deep-clean, either: the schedule incorporates both deep-cleaning and regular weekly cleaning tasks, so the whole house gets done by spending six days per week for a month.
Fall Cleaning Schedule
You’ll notice I didn’t put dates on the individual bubbles — that’s so you can tailor it to work with your family. Follow the bubbles in order, Monday through Saturday if you like, or start your cleaning week on Sunday if that’s your thing.
The important thing to note is that if you’re deep-cleaning a room early in the week, there’s no reason to do a weekly cleaning on it that week, too. The schedule, as written, reflects this. Just cross off each bubble as you go and you’re good.
If you’re like me, you probably don’t enjoy being the only one doing the housework. Maybe you also find yourself starting to clean one thing then getting distracted by something else, only to reach the end of the day and find nothing really got done.
I created cleaning checklists to solve that very problem. You’ll find them listed below. The weekly and deep-cleaning checklists are designed to guide you step-by-step through cleaning. They’re so easy to follow that you can even hand them to your kids or partner so they can help, too.
The Daily Checklist
A quick daily cleaning routine is the secret to having a house that looks clean all of the time. If you haven’t been staying on top of housework, you may want to do the entire Daily Cleaning Routine once or twice before you start the 30-Day Fall Cleaning Schedule.
Don’t let that first couple of days discourage you, though: I promise, by your third time through you’ll be able to do it in 20 minutes and you will love how your house looks even before you start the Fall Cleaning Schedule’s deep-cleaning tasks!
Throughout the Fall Cleaning Schedule, you’ll alternate the weekly cleaning of various rooms with a deeper cleaning. Here are the weekly cleaning checklists to guide you through those tasks:
While weekly cleaning tends to things like surface dust and fingerprints, a seasonal deep cleaning gets to the grime behind and under things. It’s about more than vacuuming the high-traffic areas or polishing furniture; it’s about getting everything in the room as clean as new (or close to it).
The checklists below will guide you through seasonal cleaning, whether you’re doing it as part of a back-to-school fall cleaning schedule or starting in the Spring.
Printable Fall Cleaning Schedule
Once you’ve grabbed the printable checklists above and have gone through the Daily Cleaning Routine a couple of times, it’s time to start on the 30-Day Fall Cleaning Schedule.
I’ve scheduled tasks six days per week, but that doesn’t mean you have to clean all six days. If you’d rather take weekends off, move the 6th day’s tasks to the following week. You’ll wind up taking longer than 30 days, but you’ll avoid burning yourself out.
On the other hand, if you want to go for it and do all six days remember: you don’t have to do it alone! Get your family to pitch in and help by having them take over part of the work. Kids can most definitely help with the Daily Cleaning Routine once you’ve gone through it a couple of times yourself, and they’ll have a greater appreciation for the effort involved in keeping the house looking good all week long.
Need a daily step-by-step plan?
If you prefer a step-by-step plan that guides you through cleaning and organizing every room of your house, pick up a copy of my book, 30 Days to a Clean and Organized House. It’s available in paperback or for the Kindle, and Prime members can borrow it for free.
With my book, you simply open to the day’s tasks, follow the step-by-step directions and then go about your business. I’ve even included a dozen non-toxic, homemade cleaning mix recipes and a monthly schedule to help you stay on top of the house, so you never have to deep clean again. Readers call my book “life changing!“ and say it provides “the structure and routine I needed.” I’m confident it can help you, too!
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